A Republican advocacy group launched yet another multi-million dollar ad campaign about the tax plan to show support for House GOP members, including two in New York, who voted for the legislation.
American Action Network's $2 million digital and television ad campaign will focus on 23 congressional districts across the country. The districts targeted in New York are represented by U.S. Reps. John Katko and Claudia Tenney, two upstate New York Republicans who voted for the $1.5 trillion tax plan.
The investment is part of American Action Network's $10 million initiative to promote what the group views as the benefits of the tax changes.
Corry Bliss, executive director of the American Action Network, believes the tax plan will boost the economy.
"With the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act being signed into law, Republicans have followed through on their promise to reform our broken tax code and replacing it with a fairer and simpler system," Bliss said.
Congress passed the tax plan in December and President Donald Trump signed it into law before Christmas. For Republicans, the highlights of the measure include a temporary income tax cut for most Americans, reducing the corporate tax rate from 35 to 21 percent and doubling the standard deduction for single filers and couples.
Critics of the tax legislation said it would increase the deficit and largely benefit high income earners and wealthy corporations. New York and other high-tax states have also complained about the impact of changes to the state and local tax deduction. The deduction will still apply to state and local income, property and sales taxes. But taxpayers will be able to deduct no more than $10,000.
As the tax bill was being drafted and negotiated in Congress, the American Action Network was active in the GOP campaign to pass the legislation. The group spent more than $24 million on digital and television ads to encourage GOP members to support the tax bill.