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Mendacious Mayor Bobby Bright Prefers Fiction to Fact in Latest Ad

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Location: Montgomery, AL

Mendacious Mayor Bobby Bright Prefers Fiction to Fact in Latest Ad

With a shocking disregard for the truth, Democrat Bobby Bright is again attempting to fool voters about his record of raising taxes in the City of Montgomery. After making a number of distortions in newspaper articles, the mayor has now taken his mendacity to the airwaves, paying top dollar to advertise abject hypocrisy to
the people of the 2nd Congressional District.

In his latest television ad Bright again claims that because he does not vote on the City Council he is not responsible for raising taxes.

From the ad:

"As mayor, I don't even have a vote. So when it comes to me raising taxes, that dog won't hunt. I'm Bobby Bright and I approve this message. Please learn the facts."

The Jay Love for Congress campaign is happy to oblige the mayor's request to provide the facts about Bobby Bright's history of raising taxes. The following is a brief timeline of the Bright tax hikes covered extensively by the Montgomery Advertiser.

September 2002 -

Mayor Bright submits his 2002-2003 budget that includes an increase in sales tax, which brought Montgomery's sales tax from 8 to 9 cents for every dollar spent. When asked about the passage of the budget containing the tax increase, the Mayor's response was ""The only thing that would have made me happier is if it was a unanimous decision."

Montgomery Advertiser, September 18, 2002 - "City pumps up taxes,"

October 2, 2002 -
The Advertiser runs a follow-up story reporting that Mayor Bright supported the sales tax.
Montgomery Advertiser, October 2, 2002 - "Businesses apply higher tax"

December 2002 -

In an end of year story, the Advertiser lists number of "victories" and "defeats" for Mayor Bright throughout year. Among his "victories" were "Raising the sales tax" and "Gaining council approval of a 1.5 percent occupational tax, which would be levied on everyone who earns a paycheck in Montgomery County."

Among his "defeats" were: "A requested increase in the tobacco tax;" "A move to change the professional fee structure so doctors, lawyers, architects and other professionals would have to pay higher city license fees;" and "A tax on leased items."

The article goes on to state that: "One of the more public failures was in the late summer of his first year in office. He tried to get the council to increase the tobacco tax, change the professional fees structure so doctors, lawyers, architects and other professionals would have to pay higher city license fees and he wanted to impose a tax on leased items. The proposal went into a special ad hoc committee. Since then, the issues have been brought out only long enough to be dusted off and returned to
committee. He takes some of the blame for those failures, though not speaking specifically. ‘I was new,' he said. ‘You live and learn.'"

Montgomery Advertiser, December 8, 2002 -" Stadium vote Victory
for Bright,"

September 2003 -

Bright throws his support behind a property tax increase and also said that an occupational tax wasn't off the table should the property tax fail. The Advertiser runs a story about a recent meeting with Bright and their Editorial Board reporting "He said that failure of Amendment One means the city needs to put a property tax proposal before the voters to fund the schools." Bright is quoted saying "If the Montgomery property tax referendum fails, the occupational tax would not be off the table."

Montgomery Advertiser,
September 14, 2003 - "Tax options gather steam,"

June 2005 -
While sales tax revenues increased in Montgomery, Bright defends the city's 10 percent tax rate. He goes so far as to tell the Advertiser that "it [Montgomery's 10 percent
sales tax] has not been as detrimental to the city's economy as people anticipated. ‘We continue to grow in spite of what people said would happen if we left our sales tax at 10 percent,' he said. ‘The economy is growing and not being hindered
by that 10-cent sales tax.'" This shows that almost three years after its passage, Bright was still an advocate of the increased tax.
Montgomery Advertiser, June 20, 2005 - "City, County Coffers Swell"

August 2008 -

The Montgomery City Council finds a stealth
tax increase that Bright had included in the budget without informing them about it, even though it would require a separate vote of the City Council to enact. As the Advertiser reports, "The mayor's budget ran into immediate problems with Council members as they went into their work session to discuss it on Tuesday and found a surprise -- a proposed landfill fee rate increase." This $2 million dollar fee increase was
necessary to balance the budget and would require an ordinance. "‘That was a little sneaky,' said Councilwoman Martha Roby during the work session meeting held Tuesday afternoon. ‘By law, the mayor has to present to us a balanced budget. This is not a balanced budget. ... I have a real problem with that,' Roby also said. Bright, who was not at the meeting, said afterwards that the proposed rate increase should not have caught anyone off guard."

"‘They don't need to go jumping and raising fees when people are hurting out there. Let's give the economy time to turn around before we start hitting people with additional fees,' Bright said."

Montgomery Advertiser,
August 27, 2008 - "Council upset with Mayor's Budget Proposal,"

The facts are clear. Mayor Bright not only supported tax increases in Montgomery, he was the chief architect and head cheerleader for higher taxes from the very beginning.

Love campaign spokesman Todd Stacy said Bright's latest attempt to mislead voters is another example of why he is the wrong choice for Congress in District 2.

"Bobby Bright's hypocrisy knows no bounds," said Stacy. "He proposed tax hikes, pushed the Council to pass them, celebrated their passage and now he says he had nothing to do with them. It's a downright lie and the mayor knows it. This guy will literally say anything to get elected. He loves to take credit for these so-called balanced budgets, but he never voted for them either. That, ladies and gentlemen, is the definition of double-speak.
In that way of thinking, President Bush had nothing to do with the Bush Tax Cuts because he didn't have a vote in Congress.

"As we all know, the mayor's mother raised him right. But somewhere along the way he learned to tell lies and not take responsibility for his actions. We can't afford a Congressman who is this liberal with the truth."

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