9/08/2003

From: alra@governance.net
Subject: Land Trust Scam - ONE More Day!!!

Land Rights Network
American Land Rights Rights Association
PO Box 400  Battle Ground, WA 98604
Phone: 360-687-3087  Fax: 360-687-2973  E-mail: alra@landrights.org
Web Address: http://www.landrights.org
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Land Trust Scam - ONE More Day!!!


ONE  MORE  DAY!!!  The vote on the Land Trust Tax Scam has been put off  AGAIN - until Tuesday evening, September 9!!!

This is the SECOND TIME that the House of Representatives tax-writing committee, the Ways and Means Committee, has delayed its vote on the Land Trust Amendment to bill number HR 7.

GRASSROOTS  ACTIVISTS  like  YOU  have made a  HUGE  difference!

PLEASE  ACT  NOW  -  ONE  MORE  TIME ! ! ! ! !

The Nature Conservancy (assets - $3.4 Billion, annual budget - $750 Million) and the other super-rich Land Trusts thought they had everything sewn up by flooding the Capitol with dozens of lobbyists.

HOWEVER, then Congress heard from their constituents, from the people, from YOU!!!

NOW the issue is in doubt - there is no telling which way the Ways and Means Committee will vote.  YOUR  effort is needed  ONE  MORE  TIME!!!

^^^  PLEASE  ^^^  SEE  NEW  ACTION  ITEMS  BELOW!

EVEN  IF  YOU  HAVE  ALREADY CALLED,  PLEASE  make the effort AGAIN!

HERE  is the issue:

The Land Trusts are demanding a loophole for themselves in HR 7 that will discount 50% off of capital gains taxes for a seller of land - BUT - only if the land is sold to a Land Trust or government agency!  If the land is sold to anyone else, forget it - no tax break.

HERE are the many reasons why this is a rip-off of landowners, churches, private schools, small communities and taxpayers.  PLEASE take these reasons and act on the  ACTION  ITEMS  BELOW!!!!!!!!

ONE.  The only ones who will benefit from this special tax break are Land Trusts,  NOT  the seller of the land.  This proposal will severely devalue private property. 

It allows Land Trusts and government agencies to cut their offering price for land, because no other entity will be able to compete with a 50% capital gains tax cut available  ONLY  if land is sold to them.  The landowner loses out with devalued property.  Effectively the only beneficiary is the Land Trust!

TWO.  This Tax Favoritism proposal will discourage private parties from even bidding on land, so many times the only offers for land will be made by the land-gobbling Land Trusts and government agencies.  Do you think you will get a fair price from them???

THREE.  It will damage the economic and property tax base of communities since more and more land will become tax-exempt.  This increases the tax burden on remaining private lands and businesses, and hurts schools, fire, police and other government services.  All the while, the Land Trusts sit back and watch, not paying any taxes themselves.

FOUR.  HR 7, the Faith Based Initiative that the Land Trusts are attempting to amend, is intended to encourage churches, orphanages and private schools to promote social services.  And yet the Land Trusts desire to place themselves at an advantage over churches, orphanages and private schools in this very bill!!!  Social service non-profits are  NOT  eligible for this proposed tax deal - ONLY  Land Trusts!

FIVE.  It will hand over more land to government agencies, since this Tax Favoritism proposal permits the tax break for sales of land  ONLY  to Land Trusts or government agencies.

SIX.  It will cost, according the House-Senate Joint Taxation Committee, $948 million - nearly a  BILLION  dollars added to America's national debt, just to feed the Land Trusts hunger for more power.

SEVEN.  Land Trusts, since they are "non-profits," ALREADY have huge business advantages over private individuals, since they don't pay taxes and contributions to them are tax deductible.  The Nature Conservancy for example has $3.4 Billion in assets and a $750 Million annual budget - and pays  NO  taxes!  ENOUGH  IS  ENOUGH!!!

EIGHT.  WATER  RIGHTS.  The Land Trusts are demanding that this Tax Favoritism include sales of water rights, damaging the future of communities.


*** ACTION  *** ACTION  ***  ACTION  ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

VOTE  NO  on the Land Trust Amendment to HR 7 !

TWO  IMPORTANT  ACTION  ITEMS ! ! ! ! ! !

NUMBER  ONE.

THANK  OUR  FRIENDS ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
These four listed below are fighting for private property rights, the United States Constitution and for  YOU.

THANK  THEM!  Tell them  PLEASE  keep up the great work!!!

Rep. Wally  HERGER  is a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee.  He is a long-time Champion for private property rights, and has been leading the fight for us on Ways and Means.  PLEASE  THANK  HIM  and let him know how much we appreciate all his good work.  Contact Derek Harley - derek.harley@mail.house.gov

Rep. Chris  CANNON  is Chairman of the 50 member Western Caucus.  He has rallied westerners and all property rights supporters in opposition to this Tax Favoritism for Land Trusts.  You can  THANK  HIM by contacting: Trevor Kolego - trevor.kolego@mail.house.gov

Rep. Roy  BLUNT  is senior member of the House Republican Leadership.  He sounded the initial warning bell on this Land Trust Tax Scam and has been working hard to keep HR 7, the Faith Based Initiative bill, focused on helping social service agencies, not Multibillion Dollar Land Trusts.  THANK  HIM  by contacting:  April Ponnuru - april.ponnuru@mail.house.gov

Rep. Richard  POMBO  is Chairman of the Committee on Resources.  He has been on the front lines of every property rights battle.  He has been this time as well, fighting to keep a level playing field for private property versus the gigantic, hugely profitable "non-profit" Land Trusts.  You can  THANK  HIM  by contacting Laura Hylden - laura.hylden@mail.house.gov

NUMBER  TWO.

Here are a handful of key Ways and Means Committee members who are playing it "close to the vest" and are undecided on whether to hand over this huge tax break to the Land Trusts.  They have all been lobbied heavily by the land trust lobbyists crawling all over the Capitol.  They need to hear from  YOU!!!

TELL  THEM, using the reasons listed above, pick out the ones that you think are most important, and  TELL  THEM  that the wealthy Land Trusts  ALREADY  enjoy plenty of tax advantages and do not need any more.

ALSO  -  Send that same message you your own House member - because the Land Trusts may attempt a legislative end-run at some later date if they can't grab their special carve-out now.

Contact  your own House member  AND  the key House Ways and Means Committee members listed below.

-----You can call every Representative at (202) 224-3121.   A TEMPORARY TOLL   FREE  NUMBER  is (800) 648-3516.


HERE are the three key members of the House Ways and Means Committee:

Committee Chairman William Thomas  (R-CA)  -- (202) 225-2915  -- FAX (202) 225-8798  E-mail: bill.Thomas@mail.house.gov

Jennifer Dunn (R-WA)  (202) 225-7761  FAX (202) 225-8673  E-mail: dunnwa08@mail.house.gov

J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ)  -- (202) 225-2190  FAX (202) 225-3263  E-mail: jdhayworth@mail.house.gov

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