After a sham vote during the debate over its budget resolution, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has apparently decided to engage ludicrous speed on the egregiously flawed legislation known as the “Marketplace Fairness Act.” The bill would allow states to tax businesses across their borders for online (and other remote) retail sales, potentially opening Pandora’s box on ever-expanding state tax collection authority. For this reason, the bill has generated significant opposition from a wide range of conservative organizations.

I wrote earlier this year that conservatives should “run, not walk, away from the Marketplace Fairness Act”  because it runs counter to several important principles. That’s why the following groups sent notice to the Senate that votes on the matter would be included in their influential scorecards.

In addition to those groups, many others sent letters of opposition.

Beyond the world of conservative non-profits, many other prominent right-of-center voices have weighed in against the legislation as well.

The list goes on and on, but the takeaway point should be that most conservatives (and certainly those representing organizations with real expertise in tax policy) are firmly against the Marketplace Fairness Act.

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