Land Trust Alliance Action Alert – Time is of the Essence!
The following message is from Lori Faeth, Land Trust Alliance Sr. Director of Government Relations. CLCC plans to send a note per Lori’s request to Senators Murphy and Blumenthal. I encourage you to consider doing the same. Any questions? Please contact Lori or Robert Schwartz at firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, contact me anytime as well.
Amy Blaymore Paterson. Executive Director
A message from Lori Faeth, Land Trust Alliance Senior Director of Government Relations
In Connecticut, the federal conservation easement tax incentive is an important land conservation tool. It has empowered landowners, boosting the number of acres conserved annually. Unfortunately, a few bad actors continue to put the incentive at risk by unlawful profiteering at the expense of hardworking Connecticans. Luckily, there is a legislative solution.
In June, a bipartisan group of senators and representatives introduced the Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act (S. 2256) — legislation that would halt the abuse while ensuring that important tax incentives remain available for genuinely charitable endeavors. The legislation is targeted directly at the abuse and protects truly philanthropic donations of easements.
This important legislation is a part of the reconciliation package currently under negotiation in Congress. We need your help to ensure it stays in the final bill.
Those working in opposition to the Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act are targeting a number of senators, including Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, so I am writing today with a simple request that will only take one minute of your time.
The Land Trust Alliance asks that you, as a Connecticut resident and a passionate land conservationist, email Sens. Blumenthal and Murphy’s offices and let them know:
- You are a resident of Connecticut;
- You believe strongly in the benefits of private land conservation; and
- You strongly support the Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act (S. 2256) being kept in the reconciliation package because it will put an end to this egregious abuse and recoup the billions of dollars in revenue lost to these bad actors.
For Sen. Blumenthal
Emails should be sent to Sen. Blumenthal’s chief of staff, Joel Kelsey, at email@example.com. You should copy his legislative assistant, Thomas Story, at firstname.lastname@example.org and his state director, Richard Kehoe, at email@example.com. In your email, please also request that Sen. Blumenthal support and cosponsor the Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act.
For Sen. Murphy
Emails should be sent to Sen. Murphy’s chief of staff, Allison Herwitt, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You should copy his legislative aide, Misha Lehrer, at email@example.com and his state director, Kenny Curran, at firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email, please also request that Sen. Murphy support and cosponsor the Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act.
Once you’ve completed this request, I ask that you let me know you took action. Email me at email@example.com.
To obtain additional information on this issue and legislation, visit our advocacy toolkit. On behalf of the Land Trust Alliance, I thank you for any support you and your fellow Connecticans can provide.
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