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Paul Ryan-linked group urges California Republicans to hold firm on tax bill

American Action Network is pushing back on the onslaught of anti-tax plan ads in California with spots urging four Republicans who voted for the GOP tax bill not to change their minds.

The six-figure digital and TV ad buy from the politically active nonprofit with ties to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) encourages people to call and thank Reps. Jeff Denham of Turlock, David Valadao of Hanford, Steve Knight of Palmdale and Mimi Walters of Irvine for their votes.

Denham and Valadao have been on board with the tax plan from the beginning, but Knight and Walters have both wavered, saying they only voted for the House plan because they received assurances that the final bill would be better for their constituents.

The House plan reduces or eliminates popular tax deductions used heavily in their wealthy districts, and Knight and Walters are both pushing for them to be included in some form in the final bill.

A Los Angeles Times analysis found that in 2015, 47% of taxpayers in Walters’ Orange County district and 42% of taxpayers in Knight’s Antelope Valley District used the state and local tax deduction that is under threat in the plan. 

The ads are part of a $2-million ad campaign targeting 24 congressional districts across the country. 

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