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Koch Brothers, Mnuchin, Draw D.C. Protesters at Corporate Tax Giveaway Convention

Statements from Public Citizen Experts


Note: Today, Public Citizen and Americans for Tax Fairness will protest outside an event at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., during U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin's remarks. The Koch brothers will hold the kick-off to promote a massive tax giveaway plan being pushed by President Donald Trump and U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan.

"Here come tax cuts from Goldman Sachs and the Koch brothers, a marriage of unremitting greed and self-interested ideological extremism. Big money influence has led to spectacular concentrations of wealth, which is channeled back into politics in the service of helping the superrich become even richer. The Trump administration's collaboration with the Koch Brothers to cut corporate taxes is the pure distillation of the corrupt cronyism that Candidate Trump promised to eliminate."

- Robert Weissman, president, Public Citizen

"It's absolutely immoral that the administration and Republicans in Congress propose to slash our Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, education and other vital services American families depend on - all to put more money into the already substantial tax breaks enjoyed by profitable corporations, millionaires and billionaires. Luckily, the public has caught on to this sham 'reform' effort and is taking to the streets to demand that corporations and the wealthy finally pay their fair share of taxes."

- Susan Harley, deputy director, Public Citizen's Congress Watch division

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