The Arkansas chapter of the Fair Share Alliance is on the road in the Natural state. Its mission is to gather 500 signatures to urge the state's Republican-controlled U.S. House delegation to extend tax cuts for families making less than $250,000.
So far the group has garnered over 100 signatures and was collecting more in Little Rock's River Market District on Thursday afternoon during the lunch hour.
The group's national headquarters is based in Washington, D.C. Its website lists chapters in 22 states. The Fair Share Alliance, according to its website, lists itself as a non-profit, non-partisan organization but the causes it backs--along with the biographies of its staff, indicate the group's political leanings are clearly progressive.
And judging by a letter to the editor drive that the Democratic Party of Arkansas has launched, their respective messages are one and the same.
"Washington must provide the American people with some certainty as we enter the holiday season, and extending the middle class tax cuts on the first $250,000 of income would be a start," is one of the draft letter suggestions put out by the Arkansas Democrats.
The message runs parallel to what Arkansas Fair Share Alliance organizer Gary Moody told KARK in an on-camera interview.
When asked about the public's response to his group's signature drive, Moody said: "The response is overwhelming because they realize this shouldn't be a partisan issue...that with this economy, this is the worst time to raise taxes on middle-class Americans, especially during the holidays."
Moody worked as the State Director for President Obama's campaign in Arkansas. Adam Fogelson, who is one of the Arkansas Fair Share Alliance organizers, worked on Democrat Herb Rule's failed bid to beat GOP incumbent Tim Griffin in the U.S. House.
With regard to the national group, its ties to Democrats and progressive causes is also clear.
Brad Martin, Executive Director, served three years as the Democratic National Committee's Northwest Political Director, according to the group's website.
The biographies of other staffers show they have solid experience with progressive causes such as MoveOn Political Action Committee, USAction, Green Corps, and CALPRIG, according to the group's website.