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Texas Affiliates Show Up for Battle

Peter Hamilton

As a Texas native, I was proud to hear that Texas affiliates showed up in true “Remember the Alamo” style to stand up against the Affiliate Nexus Bill.  On Monday, March 28th more than 30 affiliates walked up the capital steps to testify in opposition to the proposed bills.  According to the PMA, about 10 affiliates were actually able to testify, telling the Ways and Means Committee how this Nexus Bill would dramatically impact their businesses and force some of them to take residence in a different state.

The Performance Marketing Association has done a fantastic job running around the country, fighting Nexus Tax, but the participation from Texas affiliates last week was unprecedented.  I want to say how incredible it is that the PMA is able to unify members of an industry that is often thought of as a dog eat dog, every man for himself sort of industry.  According to Rebecca Madigan with the PMA, there will not be much motion on the bill for a couple of weeks, so stay tuned to see what happens.

Here’s the line up.

We would like to recognize the affiliates who testified (listed by the PMA):

Shawn Collins (@AffiliateTip) – Co-founder of Affiliate Summit and Author/Owner of AffiliateTip.com and FeedFront Magazine.
Brook Schaaf (@BrookSchaaf) – CEO at Schaaf-PartnerCentric, former affiliate manager for Zappos.com
Daniel M. Clark (@QAQN) – founder and sole proprietor of QAQN, a podcasting network.
Scott Hazard – President and Owner of BrightSide Media LLC in Tyler, Texas.
James Krewson – Creator of the FindersCheapers price comparison website and co-creator of Save Benjis.
Steve Rafferty – CEO & Founder at ActiveProspect, Inc., developers of the web-based real-time lead delivery application called LeadConduit.
Jillian Coleman (@drjillian) – President at Live Oak Tree, LLC and consultant at Coleman and Associates.
Ryan Russell (@wholinkstome) – Founder and CEO at Star Nine Ventures, Inc., and board member at Keep Austin Beautiful.

HasOffers would like to thank these affiliates.  We know how valuable their time is and how each of them thought it important enough to make an appearance at their state capital.

If you know these affiliates, be sure to send them your thanks for speaking out against the Nexus Tax and standing up for affiliates everywhere.  I think it is completely appropriate to send them a note or even a gift of appreciation.  This is exactly the type of participation we need to ensure the growth and innovation in performance marketing, and we thank these people for being examples to us all.

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Peter Hamilton

A performance marketer by background, Peter is the CEO of TUNE, the world’s leading mobile marketing platform. Peter has lead the company to 10 offices around the world and nearly 400 employees, now trusted by companies like Expedia, Starbucks, Supercell, and Uber.
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