Tags: Club For Growth

SuperPACs Already Active for 2014 Cycle


Believe it or not, independent groups are already reporting expenditures for the 2014 election cycle to the FEC — mostly by liberal groups in the Democratic primary of the special House election in Chicago, but Club for Growth Action has spent $151,564.80 on a television ad opposing Senator Mark Pryor, an Arkansas Democrat up for reelection in 2014.

By far the biggest spender is Independence USA PAC, New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg’s anti-gun group, which spent $2,228,638.78 in the race. The vast majority of the expenditures were classified as opposing Deborah Halvorson and Toi Hutchison, but some were classified as supporting the eventual primary winner, Robin Kelly.

The Service Employees International Union’s Committee on Political Education — an illustrious name for a political action committee — spent $14,266 on radio advertising that simultaneously supported Kelly and opposed Halvorson, and a separate $59,755 on earlier ads hitting Halvorson.

Halvorson and Hutchison proved to be the most popular targets of the liberal groups; all the rest of the reported independent expenditures were classified as opposing the pair. Credo SuperPac, a liberal group that has set out to “take down the Tea Party Ten,” spent $44,033.33 on efforts opposing them; Progressive Kick, which sets out to “Give Conservatives the Boot!” spent $27,510 opposing them, and Progressive U.S.A. Voters spent an additional $21,484.

Tags: Club For Growth , Debbie Halvorson , Michael Bloomberg , Mike Pryor , SEIU

Club for Growth: Capito Is the Wrong Candidate in West Virginia


That didn’t take long; this morning the news broke that Representative Shelley Moore Capito, a West Virginia Republican, was preparing to run for Senate in 2014; hours later, the Club for Growth issues a statement that is distinctly unwelcoming her to the race:

Washington, DC — Today, Club for Growth PAC President Chris Chocola issued the following statement on news that Republican Congresswoman Shelly Moore Capito is running for the U.S. Senate in West Virginia:

“This year, the Republican establishment cheered the U.S. Senate candidacies of Congressmen Denny Rehberg and Rick Berg and former Congresswoman Heather Wilson. All three had the ‘right’ resumes, and all three had no ‘divisive’ primaries. Yet all three lost in races that were thought to be winnable,” ;said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “These three supposedly ‘electable’ Republican candidates also had something else in common: consistent support for bailouts, debt increases, earmarks, and massive expansions of big-government spending programs.”

“Today, along comes Rep. Shelly Moore Capito. Her candidacy will undoubtedly be cheered by the GOP establishment, and dire warnings will be issued against any ‘divisive’ primary challenges, lest other candidates hurt Capito’s chances of winning,” continued Chocola. “The problem is that Congresswoman Capito’s record looks a whole lot like the establishment candidates who lost this year. Congresswoman Capito has a long record of support of bailouts, pork, and bigger government. She voted to bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, for massive expansions of government-run health insurance, giveaways to big labor, and repeatedly voted to continue funding for wasteful earmarks like an Exploratorium in San Francisco and an Aquarium in South Carolina. That’s not the formula for GOP success in U.S. Senate races.”

“The way back for the Republican Party is the way of Jeff Flake, Ted Cruz, Pat Toomey, Marco Rubio, Ron Johnson, Rand Paul, and Mike Lee. All were supported by the Club for Growth PAC and grassroots Republicans. All are consistent supporters of limited government principles. All were winners because they could clearly articulate the pro-growth economic message. They are the future of the Republican Party,” concluded Chocola.

Of course, the Club for Growth had its own trouble with “the formula for GOP success in U.S. Senate races,” as three of its preferred candidates — Connie Mack in Florida, Josh Mandel in Ohio, and Richard Mourdock in Indiana — lost; Jeff Flake in Arizona and Ted Cruz in Texas won. In the House, Club for Growth was seven for seven.

The list of votes that Club for Growth finds objectionable is below:


        Has never voted for a conservative Republican Study Committee Budget (RCV #68, 2001; RCV #79, 2003, RCV #90, 2004; RCV #83, 2005; RCV #156, 2006; RCV #211, 2007; RCV #140, 2008; RCV #189, 2009, RCV #275, 2011)

·        Voted for SCHIP, the massive expansion of government-run health insurance five times, including once in 2007 when she was one of just five Republicans to do so. (RCV #787, 2007; RCV #906, 2007; RCV #1009, 2007; RCV #16, 2009; RCV #50, 2009)

·        Voted for “Cash for Clunkers” (RCV #314, 2009; RCV #682, 2009)

·        Voted for the $300 billion bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (RCV #519, 2008)

·        Voted for the Auto Bailout (RCV #690, 2008)

·        Voted for No Child Left Behind (RCV #497, 2001)

·        Voted for the August 2011 deal that raised the debt limit by trillions of dollars (RCV #690, 2011)

·        Repeatedly voted against blocking “Davis-Bacon” wage requirements (RCV #488, 2007; RCV #807, 2007; RCV #15, 2008; RCV #561, 2008; RCV #122, 2009; RCV #144, 2011; RCV #395, 2011; RCV #414, 2011; RCV #585, 2011)

·        Repeatedly voted for wasteful earmark spending like the Bronx Council for the Arts (RCV #335, 2006), an American Ballet Theatre (RCV #668, 2007), an Exploratorium in San Francisco (RCV #664, 2007), an Aquarium in South Carolina (RCV #669, 2007), and Grape genetics research (RCV #810, 2007)

·        Voted for McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform (RCV #34, 2002)

Tags: Club For Growth , Shelley Moore Capito , West Virginia

Oh, Hello, Neumann


The Club for Growth PAC, which was previously not a fan of former governor Tommy Thompson, believes they have found their man in Wisconsin’s open-seat Senate race in 2012:

“The Club for Growth PAC proudly endorses Mark Neumann for the United States Senate,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “In Congress, he fought members of his own party on spending, received straight As from the National Taxpayers Union, and was a leader in the fight for limited government and economic freedom. Club members and Wisconsin Republicans looking for a fiscal conservative and pro-growth champion to send to Washington have a perfect candidate in Mark Neumann.”

Neumann’s own (sorry, it’s just too easy to make puns with that name) web site can be found here. In addition to Thompson, Wisconsin state assembly speaker Jeff Fitzgerald is also considering a bid for the U.S. Senate seat.

Tags: Club For Growth , Mark Neumann

Club for Growth Dismisses Trump as ‘Just Another Liberal’


If Donald Trump wants to be taken seriously as a candidate, the Club for Growth is happy to oblige:

 The Club for Growth assailed potential presidential candidate Donald Trump today as a tax-hiking liberal whose open flirtation with single-payer health care and warm embrace of protectionism disqualifies him from consideration by conservatives.”Donald Trump for President? You’ve got to be joking,”  said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Donald Trump has advocated for massive tax increases that display a stunning lack of knowledge of how to create jobs. His love for a socialist-style universal health care system and his alarming obsession with protectionist policies are automatic disqualifiers among free-market conservatives. This publicity stunt will sputter and disappear just as quickly as the ’The Apprentice’ is losing viewers.”

Donald Trump: Just Another Liberal

Trump: “We must have universal healthcare”: We must have universal healthcare. Our objective [should be] to make reforms for the moment and, longer term, to find an equivalent of the single-payer plan that is affordable, well-administered, and provides freedom of choice.  (Source: The America We Deserve, by Donald Trump, p.206-208 & 218)

Donald Trump favors a massive tax hike on Americans that would kill jobs and investment: I would impose a one-time, 14.25% tax on individuals and trusts with a net worth over $10 million. For individuals, net worth would be calculated minus the value of their principal residence. That would raise $5.7 trillion in new revenue, which we would use to pay off the entire national debt [and shore up the Social Security Trust Fund].(Source: The America We Deserve, by Donald Trump, p.170-74)

Trump: The King of Protectionism:

Trump wants a 25% tax on all Chinese imports: “Twenty-five percent tax on China, unless they behave,” he told O’Reilly. ”You’re threatening China with a trade bill. Twenty-five percent tariff. That’s big,” O’Reilly retorted. ”No, they’re threatening us. They’re going to make a three hundred billion dollar, let’s call it profit, this year on the United States.” (Source: Fox News, 4/1/11,

Trump: “I’d love to have a trade war with China. If we did no business with China frankly we’d save a lot of money.”: In a Fox News interview, Trump said “I’m a big free trade believer by the way.” A few minutes later he said “I’d love to have a trade war with China. If we did no business with China frankly we’d save a lot of money.” (Source:

Tags: Club For Growth , Donald Trump

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