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Ben Cunningham (activist)

Summary
Ben Cunningham (born 1947 in Sheffield, Alabama) is a Gallatin, Tennessee real estate investor and founder and spokesman of the grassroots political group Tennessee Tax Revolt, Inc. Cunningham is a Republican, but his group includes many Libertarians and conservative Democrats. The group is a result of the attempt to implement a state income tax during the administration of former governor of Tennessee Don Sundquist. Cunningham was an early developer of infrastructure for what became the Internet and established a computer bulletin board service called Nashville Exchange. Cunningham sold the bulletin board service for a sum which enabled him to become a major real estate investor in the Nashville market. He has stated that his opposition to the state income tax is primarily a philosophical one and that he desires to limit the growth of government. Cunnigham and his group advocate a "Taxpayer Bill of Rights" which would amend the Tennessee Constitution in a manner similar to that do
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