In response to that ad, FedEx did not dispute the federal tax data, but told CNBC that the company paid $9 billion in federal, state, local, payroll, and individual income taxes, as well as customs duties. A spokeswoman told CNBC that "new tax laws [helped] companies like FedEx make additional investments in its people…adding new jobs…"
While it's true that FedEx's headcount has increased in recent years, the causes are unclear. Some companies increase overall headcount by buying smaller firms -- resulting in net job losses when redundant positions are eliminated. Shipping firms generally also saw business skyrocket last year when the pandemic hit.
In 2017, a TYT investigation revealed that FedEx was pouring millions into cutting jobs even as it worked to support Pres. Trump's claim that his tax cuts would create jobs.
Specifically, TYT reported that FedEx was spending billions on capital expenditures including drones and other automation. Local tax breaks, TYT found, had done little to spur job creation by FedEx.
And FedEx didn't seem to need the tax cuts in order to create jobs -- the company was sitting on billions of dollars in cash and paying handsome rewards to its executives and shareholders.
Tax March has paused its FedEx ad out of respect for last week's mass shooting at a company facility.
The broader campaign is targeted at bolstering support for Pres. Biden's proposal to raise the corporate tax rate back to 28 percent. On Sunday, however, Axios reported that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and other Democrats are unhappy about that number and expect it to come down to 25 percent, which would cost Americans hundreds of billions of dollars worth of fixed roads and bridges, as well as construction and other jobs.
"Oregonians know that Nike, a company that uses vast amounts of public resources in their state, needs to contribute like the rest of us do," Quint, the Tax March executive director, said in her statement. "One solid step in that direction is to raise the federal corporate tax rate to at least 28 percent, if not back to the 35 percent level it was before the 2017 GOP tax scam."
Trump's tax cuts, and his refusal to release his own taxes, were early causes for Tax March, which began in 2017. The group is part of the Sixteen Thirty Fund, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit that does not reveal its donors, but has supported Democratic causes and partners with progressive organizations.