Tea party activists are headed to the Capitol steps for an anti-tax rally Friday that will coincide with the federal income tax payment deadline. A counter rally led by the left-of-center Fuse advocacy group is planned at the same time - 2 p.m. - on the Temple of Justice steps.
About 1,000 people are expected for the main event, organized and co-sponsored by several Washington tea party organizations and anti-tax groups such as Americans for Prosperity and The Freedom Foundation, based in Olympia.
“This is a third annual Tax Day-Tea Party rally,” said Lasse Lund, a spokesman for the foundation, explaining that the mid-afternoon time on a Friday might hurt attendance. “A lot of our taxpayers have jobs they can’t get away from.”
Similar rallies drew about 3,000 to the Capitol steps a year ago and between 4,000 and 5,000 on April 15, 2009, the first local event co-sponsored by the Freedom Foundation and tea party activists.