By Theodoric Meyer | 12/06/2017 02:22 PM EDT

With David Beavers and Aubree Eliza Weaver

COALITION TARGETS HOUSE REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED FOR TAX BILL: Americans Against Double Taxation, a coalition fighting cuts to the state and local tax deduction, is running new digital ads targeting 21 House Republicans who voted for the bill. "She voted to cut your state and local tax deduction, raising taxes on Californians by $12 billion," the narrator of the ad targeting Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Calif.) says. "And while you pay more, corporations and billionaires get huge tax breaks."

- The ads target Republicans who represent high-tax states or affluent districts, including Reps. Paul Cook, Jeff Denham, David Valadao, Steve Knight, Ed Royce, Ken Calvert, Mimi Walters and Duncan Hunter of California; Mike Coffman of Colorado; Randy Hultgren of Illinois; Andy Harris of Maryland; Claudia Tenney, John Katko and Tom Reed of New York; Tom MacArthur of New Jersey; Ryan Costello, Pat Meehan, Brian Fitzpatrick, Charlie Dent and Lloyd Smucker of Pennsylvania; and Barbara Comstock of Virginia. Most of the targets are considered at least somewhat vulnerable in the midterms.

- Watch the Walters ad here.

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TAX REFORM UPDATE: "Republicans' tax-rewrite plans are riddled with bugs, loopholes and other potential problems that could plague lawmakers long after their legislation is signed into law," POLITICO's Brian Faler reports. "Some of the provisions could be easily gamed, tax lawyers say. Their plans to cut taxes on 'pass-through' businesses in particular could open broad avenues for tax avoidance. ... Other issues arise from the fact that lawmakers are mostly skipping the custom of having a transitional period between current tax rules and the new ones, in order to give the public time to adjust to the changes."

- "The House bill also includes a whole new way of taxing multinational corporations - aside from the one-time tax - that lawmakers have hardly debated, and which experts are still trying to understand. 'It's crazy,' said one Republican lobbyist. 'I don't think anyone could explain it, let alone comply with it' by Jan. 1." Full story.

REPUBLICANS AREN'T HAVING AN EASY TIME SELLING THE PLAN: Republicans are struggling to sell their tax plan to a skeptical public, The New York Times' Jeremy W. Peters reports. "'We Republicans get into the weeds and talk about technical tax policy and the budget process, and for the average American, that ends up sounding like the adults on the old Charlie Brown cartoon - wah, wah, wah,' said David McIntosh, president of the Club for Growth , which has been among the groups pushing for tax cuts. 'And the Democrats are messaging: 'This is not fair to the middle class and the poor.'"

- "Ken Spain, a Republican consultant who works on financial and tax issues, said the legislation has become 'a blank canvas' for the opposition to paint and that his party is to blame. 'There hasn't been a cohesive messaging strategy to date, and the polling data reflects that,' he added." Full story.

PATAGONIA RAMPS UP ANTI-TRUMP ACTIVISM: Patagonia's open hostility to President Donald Trump's decision to dramatically reduce the size of two national monuments in Utah pushes the boundaries of corporate activism, The Washington Post's Abha Bhattarai reports. "The California-based retailer has long been known for its environmental activism, but this week's political stance - and a promise by its founder to sue the Trump administration - represents a shift, experts say, in how corporations are speaking up, not just on behalf of their executives and employees, but also their customers. 'This is a sea change in activism like nothing I've ever seen," said Leslie Gaines-Ross, chief reputation strategist at public relations firm Weber Shandwick. 'CEOs are not just raising flags anymore, they're actually taking action and asking their customers to do the same.'" Full story.

- If you're curious: Patagonia's lone Washington lobbying firm is Cassidy & Associates.

JOBS REPORT

- Walt Roberts has started his own firm, WR Consulting, and signed his first lobbying client, AGRU America. He previously worked for Reps. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) and Mark Sanford (R-S.C.).

- The Conservation Fund has added John Gilbert as executive vice president and chief executive officer. He was previously vice president for business strategy at the Partnership for Public Service.

SPOTTED: At Microsoft's holiday party at their Washington offices last night, according to a PI tipster: Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.); Reps. Jim Himes (D-Conn.), Lacy Clay (D-Mo.), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), Anthony Brown (D-Md.), Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), Lou Correa (D-Calif.), Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.), Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.), Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and Rick Larsen (D-Wash.); Tammy Haddad; Victoria Espinel of BSA | The Software Alliance; Mike Gallagher of the Entertainment Software Association; Nuala O'Connor of the Center for Democracy & Technology; and Bruce Gellin of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Fred Humphries of Microsoft.

NEW JOINT FUNDRAISERS:

None

NEW PACs:

Americans For Middle Class Opportunity (PAC)
DPAC (Leadership PAC: Allen Ellison)

NEW LOBBYING REGISTRATIONS:

None

NEW LOBBYING TERMINATIONS:

Capitol Tax Partners, LLP: The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
Sabiston Consultants, LLC: Mid Gulf Recovery Services LLC
Winn Strategies, LLC: TwinLogic Strategies LLP On Behalf Of Citigroup Washington Inc

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