Doug Guetzloe, the founder of Ax the Tax, is inviting conservative activists to take part in the Florida Taxpayer Summit on Thursday.
Doug Guetzloe, the founder of Ax the Tax, is inviting conservative activists to take part in the Florida Taxpayer Summit on Thursday.

ORLANDO — A scion of one of the most legendary families in the conservative movement will be the featured speaker on Thursday during the Florida Taxpayers Summit.
Former Congressman Barry Goldwater Jr., who served for 14 years in Congress and is the son of the late iconic senator from Arizona, will be the keynote speaker at “Celebrating 50 years of Conservative Action,” an event sponsored by the Florida Taxpayers Union and Ax The Tax.
It will be held at the Rosen Centre Hotel on International Drive on Thursday, Aug. 27 from 5-7 p.m.
“Ax the Tax is pleased to join with our ally, the Florida Taxpayers Union, in sponsoring the Florida Taxpayers Summit,” said Doug Guetzloe, founder of the 33-year-old anti-tax organization that works to keep the government’s appetite for new taxes as lean as possible.
Guetzloe noted that he was also excited to hear from former Congressman Goldwater, who continues to travel the country speaking out on the causes that were championed by his father, Sen. Barry Goldwater, in his years in the Senate and during his 1964 presidential campaign.
“It is great to have an iconic figure like Congressman Goldwater here in Florida fighting the battle his late father began in 1964,” Guetzloe said.
Founded in 1982, Ax the Tax likes to boast of how this grassroots organization, made up of ordinary citizens, has helped taxpayers in Florida and five other states defeat more than $55.5 billion in proposed taxes. They also boast a 19-2 win/loss record at the ballot box, striking fear into the souls of tax and spend bureaucrats and their political bosses.
The Florida Taxpayers Union, the Sunshine State’s largest taxpayer advocacy group, was established in 2006 with help of then-state House Speaker Marco Rubio, to represent taxpayers in the halls of Tallahassee and other governmental agencies. In the past decade, more than 100,000 Florida taxpayers have signed up in support of FTU on its email list.
“This event will throw down the gauntlet for any moves in the legislature toward increasing taxes in the next session,” said Keith Recine, president of FTU, who added, “We’ll be ready.”
The event is also going to feature a straw ballot on both the Presidential race and the U.S. Senate race in Florida, and will be the first straw ballot of its kind in the Sunshine State among conservative Florida activists.
The summit is open to the public. Tickets are $50 for individuals, $500 for tables, and sponsorships are available for $1,000 and up.
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