Freedom Party of New York (1994)
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Freedom Party of New York 1994

Tax Cut Now was a short-lived political party established by allies of Republican Gubernatorial nominee George Pataki in the 1994 New York State gubernatorial election.

Tax Cut Now was designed to take advantage of New York's electoral fusion laws, which allow candidates to run on multiple ballot lines and count votes on all lines toward their vote total. Pataki created the line to draw voters who might vote for Pataki but might not want to do so on the two lines he already had, the Republican and Conservative Parties because of the state's general left-of-center lean. The creation of Tax Cut Now was a success; not only did his overall vote total exceed that of incumbent Mario Cuomo, propelling Pataki to the Governor's Mansion, but Tax Cut Now contributed 54,040 votes to the total.

Because the line drew more than 50,000 votes, it became eligible to run candidates as a full-fledged political party for the next four years. The party chose to operate as the Freedom Party (unrelated to Charles Barron's later black-nationalist Freedom Party) for candidates that used the line during this time, most prominently cross-endorsing Bob Dole and Jack Kemp in the 1996 presidential election (which drew 11,393 votes). Pataki chose not to use the Freedom line in the 1998 gubernatorial election, when it lost permanent ballot access and ceased to exist.

The party's icon, a no symbol canceling out the word "TAX," would later be used by Carl Paladino for the similar, but less successful, Taxpayers Party.


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