The Patriotic Millionaires gather for the first time to release a letter protesting President Obama’s decision to extend the Bush tax cuts for high income earners, sparking a national debate about how rich progressives should be using their status and wealth to improve our nation.
Recognizing the role the Patriotic Millionaires played in shifting the public narrative around taxing the rich and the Buffett Rule, President Obama invited the Patriotic Millionaires to stand with him for his Tax Day Address in April 2012.
President Obama, in large part due to the Patriotic Millionaires’ sustained focus on the issue, signed the Taxpayer Relief Bill eliminating Bush tax cuts for the highest income earners.
Two years after launching Smart Capitalists for American Prosperity in 2012 in support of a $10.10 minimum wage, the Patriotic Millionaires were invited to join President Obama for the signing of the Executive Order raising wages for federal contract workers to $10.10 per hour.
The Patriotic Millionaires released Renegotiating Power and Money in America, weaving together the three first principles – fair taxes, livable minimum wage, and political capture – for the first time as a cohesive campaign.
Between 2015 and 2021, the Patriotic Millionaires were involved, either through public education or direct advocacy/lobbying, in campaigns in nine states and Washington DC to pass bills that raised the minimum wage in those areas to $15 an hour.
The Patriotic Millionaires launched Tax the Rich! a public education and advocacy campaign to sway public opinion against the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The PMs helped turn the public against this major legislation, which in turn significantly impacted the 2018 midterm elections.
The Patriotic Millionaires endorsed its first ever slate of candidates in 2018, supporting challengers of incumbents who voted for the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Of 48 endorsed candidates, 46 outperformed his/her incumbent’s 2016 challenger and 13 won their races.
The Patriotic Millionaires released its second volume: How To Think Like A Patriotic Millionaire on Taxes, and hosted its first annual Taxation and Libations DC event to highlight lawmakers championing a fair tax system.
After years of the Patriotic Millionaires lobbying Congress for the expansion of voting rights, public financing, and limiting money in politics, the House passed HR 1, the For the People Act, with 234 votes.
Six years after the Patriotic Millionaires first endorsed the $15 minimum wage and began lobbying Democratic lawmakers to endorse it, the Raise the Wage Act passed the House of Representatives with 231 votes.
The Patriotic Millionaires launched DARES (Donors Advocating for Real Solutions) to organize the progressive funder community’s advocacy efforts around COVID relief packages, ultimately securing the inclusion of a number of key priorities, including direct cash payments and unemployment Insurance expansion.
The Patriotic Millionaires helped shape the strategy of donors, influencers, and activists around COVID-19 relief and recovery by gathering elected officials, advocates, and policy experts together in Confronting the Crisis, a series of 31 virtual discussions held throughout 2020.
The Patriotic Millionaires launched the Tax the Rich, Save America virtual roadshow with 3 Senators and 14 Members of Congress to engage lawmakers in public conversations about taxes, getting members of Congress on record in support of higher taxes for the wealthy.
The Patriotic Millionaires drove the public narrative around reforming our tax code and unrigging our economy. We were featured in more than 1500 news stories in all 50 states and over 75 countries and reached more than 400,000 individuals a day through social media.
On Tax Day, the Patriotic Millionaires launched a mobile billboard tour in Washington DC and Wall Street, fighting back directly at nation’s center of power and finance demanding Congress tax billionaires like Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg. We were featured in over 250 news stories, 32 countries, and garnered a reach of over a billion viewers.