From: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: CRISIS ALERT: Land Trust Land Grab! Land Rights Network American Land Rights Association PO Box 400 – Battle Ground, WA 98604 Phone: 360-687-3087 – Fax: 360-687-2973 – E-mail: email@example.com Web Address: http://www.landrights.org Legislative Office: 507 Seward Square SE – Washington, DC 20003 Phone: 202-210-2357 – Fax: 202-543-7126 – E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org CRISIS ALERT: Land Trust Land Grab! THIS IS AN ALL-OUT ALERT ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! *****VOTE THIS THURSDAY THIS Thursday afternoon, September 4, the House of Representatives committee which writes tax laws, the Ways and Means Committee, will vote on amendments that would hand over a $948 million tax break to already gigantic and powerful Land Trusts!!! The bill is HR 7, called the "Faith Based Initiative." It is supposed to place advantages into the federal government's tax code to benefit charities such as private schools, churches and orphanages, to encourage social service work. INCREDIBLY, the environmentalist community, always hungry for more federal dollars, have jammed their sticky fingers into this honey pot!!! This time it is the Land Trusts who are seeking Tax Favoritism for themselves, at the expense of the rest of the country. The Nature Conservancy (TNC), with assets of $3 Billion and annual revenue of $700 million, is leading the way. TNC and over 1,000 other Land Trusts are proposing amendments to HR 7 which would hand themselves a huge tax break - at the expense of both private property rights and the very social service organizations that the bill was designed to help!!! Also, at a cost of $948 million, it would also create an even bigger budget deficit! Here is the deal. The Land Trusts are demanding a loophole that will discount 50% off of capital gains taxes for a seller of land -BUT only if land is sold to a Land Trust or government agency! This places churches, private schools and private parties at a comparative disadvantage when attempting to purchase land - because this Tax Favoritism only applies if land is sold to a Land Trust or the government! This will severely devalue private property. This allows Land Trusts and government agencies to cut their offering price by nearly the amount of the tax cut, so effectively the only beneficiary is the land trust. ALSO - this $948 million handout will increase the budget deficit. ALSO - Land Trusts, since they are "non-profits," already have huge advantages over private parties, since they don't pay taxes and contributions to them are tax deductible. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!! ALSO - this Tax Favoritism proposal will discourage private parties from even bidding on land, so the only offers for land will be made by the twin buzzards of Land Trusts and government agencies. Do you think you will get a fair price from them??? The Nature Conservancy and the other land trusts DO NOT need yet another tax break! There is already a huge budget deficit! NO special tax loopholes, NO Tax Favoritism for mulitbillion dollar corporations like The Nature Conservancy (TNC). TNC calls itself a "non-profit" - but profited over $700 million last year alone from grant money from taxpayers, selling land to government agencies paid by taxpayers, and insider trading deals underwritten by tax breaks financed by taxpayers. NOW THEY WANT MORE !!! ACTION ITEMS: NUMBER ONE. Contact BOTH your House member and ALL of the key House Ways and Means Committee members listed below. This issue has changed up the usual "conservatives" and "liberals" into an unpredictable mix, so ANY House member is fair game. Tell them that the gigantic Land Trusts should not gain yet another advantage over private property written into the tax code. Enough is enough!! FAX is your most powerful tool at this late date. Phone calls too. E-mails may not be read in time. -----You can call every Representative at (202) 224-3121. A TEMPORARY TOLL FREE NUMBER is (800) 648-3516. House Ways and Means Committee William Thomas (R-CA) -- (202) 225-2915 -- FAX (202) 225-8798 – E-mail: bill.Thomas@mail.house.gov Philip Crane (R-IL) -- (202) 225-3711 – FAX (202) 225-7830 – E-mail – go to www.house.gov/crane Nancy Johnson (R-CN) -- (202 225- 4476 – FAX (202 225-4488 – E-mail -- go to www.house.gov/nancyjohnson Amory Houghton (R-NY) – (202) 225-3161 – FAX (202) 225-5574 – E-mail – go to www.houghton.house.gov Wally Herger (R-CA) – (202) 225- 3076 – No fax listed – E-mail – go to www.house.gov/herger Jim McCrery (R-LA) – (202) 225-2777 – FAX (202) 225-8039 – E-mail – go to www.house.gov/mccrery Dave Camp (R-MI) – (202) 225-3561 – FAX (202) 225-9679 – E-mail – go to www.house.gov/camp Jim Ramstad (R-MN) -- (202) 225-2871 – FAX (202) 225-6351 – E-mail: email@example.com Jim Nussle (R-IA) – (202) 225-2911 – FAX (202) 225-9129 – E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Sam Johnson (R-TX) – (202) 225-4201 – FAX (202) 225-1485 – E-mail – go to www.samjohnson.house.gov Jennifer Dunn (R-WA) – (202) 225-7761 – FAX (202) 225-8673 – E-mail: email@example.com Michael Collins (R-GA) – (202) 225-5901 – FAX (202) 225-2515 – E-mail – go to www.house.gov/maccollins Rob Portman (R-OH) – (202) 225-3164 – FAX (202) 225-1992 – E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Philip English (R-PA) – (202) 225-5406 – FAX (202) 225-3103 – E-mail – go to www.house.gov/english J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ) -- (202) 225-2190 – FAX (202) 225-3263 – E-mail: email@example.com Jerry Weller (R-IL) – (202) 225-3635 – FAX (202) 225-3521 – E-mail – go to www.house.gov/weller Kenny Hulshof (R-MO) – (202) 225-2956 – FAX (202) 225-5712 – E-mail – go to www.house.gov/hulshof Scott McInnis (R-CO) -- (202) 225-4761 – FAX (202) 225-0622 – E-mail – go to www.house.gov/mcinnis Ron Lewis (R-KY) – (202) 225-3501 – FAX (202) 225-2019 – E-mail: ron.lewis@!mail.house.gov Mark Foley (R-FL) – (202) 225-5792 – FAX (202) 225-3132 – E-mail – go to www.house.gov/foley Kevin Brady (R-TX) -- (202) 225-4901 – FAX (202) 225-5524 – E-mail – go to www.house.gov/brady Paul Ryan (R-WI) -- (202) 225-3031 – FAX (202) 225-3393 – E-mail – go to www.house.gov/ryan Eric Cantor (R-VA) – (202) 225-2815 – FAX (202) 225-0011 – E-mail – go to www.cantor.house.gov NUMBER TWO. Contact Congressmen Roy Blunt and Richard Pombo, who are leading the fight for PROPERTY RIGHTS. Blunt and Pombo believe that multi-billion dollar land trusts already have plenty of advantages built into the tax code. They are fighting for YOUR community's future and your property rights. TELL THEM to keep up the great work, and THANK THEM. Here are their key staffers: For Rep. Roy Blunt, please contact: April Ponnuru - firstname.lastname@example.org Rep. Richard Pombo, please contact: Laura Hylden - email@example.com NUMBER THREE. INCREDIBLY, the Washington, DC offices of the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association have CAVED IN to the Land Trusts! They are afraid to fight, and have meekly lined up in the shadow of the Land Trust lobbyists in support of this massive handout - this sellout of private property, water rights, and tax funds. This cave-in has NOT been approved by state affiliates of either organization! IF you are a member of the Farm Bureau or the Cattlemen's Association, then contact your state chapter and the lobbyists below and ask them what the heck is going on!!! Was this massive handout of land and water rights ever voted on by the membership??? WHY are your lobbyists in Washington, DC failing to fight for the membership??? WHY are they caving in, AFRAID to do battle with the massive land trusts who seek to convert agricultural land out of private hands and hand it over to government control??? Was this ever approved by the membership, why was this decision to cave in done in secret, in Washington, DC??? #*#*#*# Has your state organization approved this, do they even know about it??? #*#*#*#* HERE are the Farm Bureau lobbyists who caved in: Patricia Wolff - firstname.lastname@example.org Richard Newpher - email@example.com Phone 202-484-3600 Fax 202-484-3604 HERE are the Cattlemen's lobbyists who caved in: Jeff Eisenberg - firstname.lastname@example.org Myra Hyde - email@example.com Phone 202-347-0228 Fax 202-638-0607 TELL THEM, and your state affiliates - the multibillion dollar Land Trusts have ENOUGH advantages already!!! Enough is enough! _________________________________________________________________ PLEASE FORWARD THIS MESSAGE AS WIDELY AS POSSIBLE!!! -- To unsubscribe from this mailing list; please visit http://governance.net and enter your email address.