Washington (CNN) - Several tea party-aligned groups are pushing Republican members of Congress not to support tax increases as a congressional super committee tries to come up with a proposal to cut at least $1.2 billion from the nation's debt.
Republicans serving on the committee that is charged with cutting $1.2 trillion in federal spending over 10 years have proposed hundreds of billions of dollars in new taxes balanced against a reduction in tax rates and tax reform.
Americans for Prosperity is pushing 40 House Republicans who have previously indicated a willingness to support new taxes to reverse course and is going up with a $50,000 radio ad campaign on Thursday targeting five House Republicans who serve on the Appropriations Committee. The ad says in part the members "recently joined 40 Republicans and 60 Democrats signing a letter asking the congressional super committee to consider 'all options for mandatory and discretionary spending and revenues.' Americans for Prosperity is concerned that this could make higher taxes. And, tax increases would be disastrous."
The ad is airing in the districts of Reps. Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri; Charles Dent of Pennsylvania; Frank Wolf of Virginia; Steve LaTourette of Ohio; and Ander Crenshaw of Florida.
Wolf's spokesman Daniel Scandling said in reaction "Congressman Wolf does not support raising taxes. He does support closing loopholes and ending the practice of tax earmarks" and said Wolf "has been talking about putting everything on the table for almost six years." Emerson's chief of staff Jeffrey Connor told CNN in reaction to the ad: "Revenues are not necessarily taxes - revenue includes things like expanding offshore oil leases and selling unneeded federal lands, eliminating fraud in the Additional Child Tax Credit and bringing U.S. corporate revenues back to American shores."
The offices of Dent, LaTourette and Crenshaw did not respond to requests for comment.
Meanwhile, members of another group, Tea Party Patriots, visited more than 200 congressional offices around the country earlier Thursday to push the message that the first priority for the super committee is to pursue what it considers "real spending cuts, not accounting gimmicks" and that tax increases should not be part of that equation.
"Reducing the government's future spending is not a real cut," said Mark Meckler, the group's national coordinator, said in a statement. "Tea Party Patriots demand gimmick-free reductions in federal spending in the Super Committee's November 23 plan. Activists across the country know we are headed the way of Greece if we do not immediately face fiscal reality."