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By Liz Goodwin
Tue Dec 7, 9:17 am ET
A Democratic strategist who led the “Patriotic Millionaires” anti-tax-cut campaign says that within hours of her urging 10,000 email recipients to call Valerie Jarrett’s office to complain about tax cuts, two White House phone lines were overwhelmed and forced to shut down.
Erica Payne tells The Lookout she emailed the office number of Jarrett’s chief of staff, Michael Strautmanis, to about 10,000 progressive donors and groups Monday morning, urging them to call and complain about a then-rumored (now confirmed) compromise with Republicans that would allow all Bush tax cuts to remain in place for two more years. She later blasted out Jarrett’s own office number after Strautmanis’ shut down, she says. That number was out of service for several hours but is now working again, she says.
Payne was part of a campaign to gather the signatures of more than 100 millionaires asking President Obama to raise their taxes for “the fiscal health of our nation and the well-being of our fellow citizens.” Billionaire Warren Buffett also supports tax increases, arguing it’s unfair that he pays a lower tax rate than his housekeeper. Payne says some longtime progressive donors are so mad about the compromise “they can’t see straight.”
House Speaker-to-be John Boehner (R-Ohio) and other tax-cut supporters argue it’s bad economics to raise taxes on anyone when unemployment remains high. President Obama announced Monday evening that he also thinks extending all the tax cuts for two years is good for the economy, though congressional progressives are reportedly “furious” that they are expected to vote to preserve tax cuts even for those making over $250,000 per year.
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