You probably paid more taxes than ExxonMobil this year. Seriously.
That's probably because they spent a lot more money lobbying Congress than you did. In fact, last year, they spent over $27 million in lobbying so they could take home a bigger chunk of the $284 billion they made.1
And they aren't the only corporation to dodge their tax bill through offshore accounts and shell companies. Far from it.2
The good news is that President Obama has been trying to close loopholes that allow corporations to get away with this kind of highway robbery.3
But there are still too many lobbyists in DC fighting against him. That's why we're launching this petition to show Congress how fed up we are with lobbyists rigging the system and demand action before next Tax Day. Clicking the link below will add your name:
The petition says: "Enough is enough! Corporations need to stop rigging the system and start paying their fair share in taxes." And after you sign, can you send this petition on to five friends? That will make sure we can keep it going and really put the heat on Congress.
Taxes are important. They pay for critical services like education, public safety, and hospitals. But the system only works if everyone pays their fair share. And ExxonMobil, General Electric, and many Wall Street banks are re-writing the rules to sit tax season out.
It's pretty cheap for them! In fact, the money ExxonMobil spent on lobbyists let them keep a bigger share of their profits and help the rich guys get richer, including over $27 million in total compensation for their CEO, Rex Tillerson.4
Paying millions to rig the system is just unacceptable. The rest of us don't have the cash, but we do have the majority of hard-working, tax-paying honest Americans on our side. President Obama has lowered taxes for most of us, but now we need to make the Big Guys pay their fair share.
This will only happen if Congress hears millions of people outraged about this. Can you sign the petition and pass it along to your friends? Clicking the link below will add your name to the petition:
Thanks for all you do.
–Ilyse, Steven, Ilya, Kat, and the rest of the team
1. "Fortune 1000 Companies 1-100," Fortune, accessed April 15, 2010
"Lobbying: Top Spenders," OpenSecrets.org, accessed April 15, 2010
2. "What the Top U.S. Companies Pay in Taxes," Forbes, April 1, 2010
3. "Factbox—Obama budget likely seeks corporate tax changes," Reuters, January 12, 2010
4. "Rex W. Tillerson Profile," Forbes, accessed April 15, 2010
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