WASHINGTON: DC Vote, the same group responsible for giving the motto "Taxation Without Representationa home on Washington license plates, is now leading an effort to place the rallying cry on the District's flag.
The slogan itself refers to the fact that DC residents, despite paying the second highest per-capita income tax rate in the US, have no voting representative in Congress. A controversial clause in the US Constitution gives Congress the right to "exercise exclusive legislation
over the district in which it resides.
A vote on whether to alter the flag "temporarily
- meaning until the district is awarded voting members of Congress - is scheduled for April 9. DC Vote and its agency of record, newly formed Monumental Impact Media (MIM), are trying to whip up local support before that date.
Several prominent DC politicians, including former shadow representative John Capozzi, ran the First Annual DC Marathon on March 24 holding the district's flag bearing the proposed logo. And on "tax day,
April 15, the group will coordinate with similar DC interest groups for a rally called "Taxes Paid, Representation Denied."
For now, attention is being focused on garnering coverage in local media such as The Washington Post and the City Paper. Should the DC Council approve the measure on April 9, the issue will then go to the US Congress - and the media campaign will expand to the national arena.
MIM principal Kevin Kiger suggested that any national action would focus on Flag Day, June 14, a holiday he expects will take on added significance following last year's terrorist attacks.