U.S. Rep. George Holding, a Raleigh Republican, is one of 18 members of Congress targeted by an anti-tax digital ad campaign that Americans for Prosperity launched on Friday.
The group said it would spend several hundred thousand dollars nationwide on the campaign meant to pressure certain members of Congress to enact tax reform that the group is pushing. The campaign focuses on AFP’s opposition to the border adjustment tax on imported goods, and other tax issues.
The ads invite viewers to “Tell Rep. Holding to support AFP’s plan to un-rig the economy,” and then clicks to a petition calling on the congressman to commit to “tax reform that’s flatter, more equitable, and doesn’t add new burdens.”
Holding has been selected because he is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.
“North Carolinians believe the tax system is rigged and want a new one that is not only honest and fair, but will grow the economy and create jobs,” said AFP’s North Carolina director, Donald Bryson, in a statement. “We hope Rep. Holding, as a Ways and Means Committee member, will take a leadership role in passing pro-growth tax reform based on AFP’s five principles of simplicity, efficiency, equitability, predictability, and no new burden on taxpayers.”
Americans for Prosperity is part of a conservative network funded by industrialists Charles and David Koch and others. It has been active in North Carolina politics for several years.
The group paid for ads and contacted voters to criticize U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers in the GOP primary election last year in which Holding defeated Ellmers.
An earlier version of this story misstated the amount of money being spent on the campaign.