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The Man Who Put Death Taxes on the Map


A standing-room-only crowd jammed the Liaison Hotel on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on July 15 to honor James L. Martin for his 50 years of political activism.

Martin has long been the out-spoken president of 60 Plus, a seniors association that has been the premier force behind the drive to abolish the estate tax. Much of the modern movement against the tax is due to Martin, who has mobilized tens of thousands of angry seniors through his association, campaigned tirelessly for congressional opponents of the tax and coined the phrase that captured its essence: "death tax."

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