Rep. Don Young (R-AK) has launched a new radio campaign ad claiming that he received a “Hero of the Taxpayer” award from the watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS). However, TCS Vice President Steve Ellis pointed out that the award doesn’t exist:
We don’t even have a ‘Hero of the Taxpayer’ award to start out. But we did scrub through our records and we found out that we had given him an award — the ‘Golden Fleece’ award in 2003 for the Bridge to Nowhere.
Taxpayers for Common Sense has told Young “that we have no such award,” and told Young to “immediately stop using it in advertisements and publicly issue a correction.” Perhaps Young is confusing it with his “Hero of the Taxpayer” award from Americans for Tax Reform, Grover Norquist’s right-wing anti-tax organization.
In a statement to Taxpayers for Common Sense, Young’s spokesperson claims they “credited the wrong organization” and that they “apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.”