Press Release: Club Endorses John Shadegg

Andrew Roth - January 13th, 2006

CLUB FOR GROWTH ENDORSES JOHN SHADEGG FOR U.S. HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER
Washington, D.C. – Club for Growth, the nation’s leading free-market advocacy organization with over 34,000 members, announced today that it is endorsing Rep. John Shadegg’s candidacy for U.S. House Majority Leader.”There is no member of the House of Representatives more committed to the idea of limited government and economic freedom than John Shadegg,” said Club for Growth president Pat Toomey. “To be an effective governing party, Republicans must focus once again on these core issues and John Shadegg has the unique qualifications to lead the way.”Rep. Shadegg is one of only four Members of the House of Representatives to vote the pro-growth position on every key vote identified last year by the Club for Growth. To view the scorecard, click here.”The House Republican Conference has been ideologically adrift,” continued Toomey. “This nominally conservative party is responsible for a huge expansion of government and letting spending get out of control.””John Shadegg is a principled, effective leader who can build consensus across the full range of the Conference to return to the core issues of limited government and economic freedom that produced a Republican majority in the first place,” Toomey concluded.

John Campbell Wins in CA-48 Special Election

Andrew Roth - December 07th, 2005

Club for Growth PAC-Backed Candidate, John Campbell, Wins California – 48 Special Election
Washington, D.C. – Club for Growth, the nation’s leading free-market advocacy organization with over 33,000 members, congratulates respected state senator, taxpayer hero and Club for Growth PAC-endorsed candidate John Campbell for winning the California-48 special election. The seat was vacated by Rep. Chris Cox who now heads the Securities and Exchange Commission.”With his strong commitment to limited government and his stellar record of opposing higher taxes in the California State Government, it is no surprise that we will soon call John Campbell, Congressman,” said Club for Growth president Pat Toomey. “The Club for Growth PAC was pleased to endorse John’s campaign and supported it with independent expenditures and contributions from Club members.”During the last election cycle Club for Growth members donated over $9 million to the Club’s PAC and its recommended pro-growth candidates. For this election cycle, the Club’s PAC established a new and more aggressive approach to begin the campaign process much earlier to give proven, pro-growth candidates like John Campbell the best possible chance to win their races.”Having John Campbell win a seat in Congress reflects the desire of the American people to support pro-growth and anti-tax increase policies,” Toomey concluded. “We look forward to working with Congressman-elect Campbell, and other free-market candidates and legislators to help promote these types of initiatives in Congress.”

The Club Launches New Website

Andrew Roth - December 06th, 2005

Club for Growth Unveils First Website to Highlight Liberal Record of Various LawmakersJoeSchwarzIsALiberal.com details poor record by Michigan freshman
Washington, D.C. – The Club for Growth, the nation’s leading free-market advocacy organization with over 33,000 members today unveiled a new website called “Joe Schwarz is a Liberal”, (www.JoeSchwarzIsALiberal.com) which details how freshman Congressman Joe Schwarz (R-MI) is one of the worst examples of a Republican politician who has no real commitment to limited government and pro-growth policies.”Joe Schwarz is a perfect example of a Republican congressman with no genuine commitment to the core Republican principles of limited government and economic freedom,” said Club for Growth President Pat Toomey. “As a result, the Club for Growth created the website www.JoeSchwarzIsALiberal.com to showcase his terrible record in Congress.”This is the first of several similar websites that will be created by the Club for Growth. The next one will detail the liberal spending habits of three legislators in the Northwest.”RINO’s can no longer hide behind their liberal voting records, thanks to the Internet,” Toomey concluded. “It’s time for all economic conservatives to know the truth about these members and their liberal records, and we are determined to make that happen through these websites. We call on all concerned citizens to tell these lawmakers to promote the pro-growth policies that this country needs.”

NRSC's Anti-Laffey Ad Campaign Backfires

Andrew Roth - November 30th, 2005

NRSC ANTI-LAFFEY AD CAMPAIGN BACKFIRESFollowing NRSC Ads, GOP Primary Voters More Likely To Support Chafee Challenger
Washington, D.C. — Results from a poll by the Club for Growth, the nation’s leading free-market advocacy organization with over 33,000 members, show that a Rhode Island TV ad campaign by the National Republican Senatorial Committee designed to help liberal incumbent Senator Lincoln Chafee appears to be angering core Republican voters and driving up support for his Republican primary challenger, Cranston, Rhode Island, Mayor Stephen Laffey.The poll of 300 Republican primary voters was conducted by National Research Inc. on Nov. 14-15. The poll asked whether respondents had seen television ads about Stephen Laffey. Among those who had, three out of four respondents said the ads either made them more likely to support Laffey or had no effect. Among those who reported that the ads affected their views, nearly three out of five of those (or 58%) respondents reported they were more likely to support Laffey.”From bridges to nowhere to campaign ads that have the opposite of their intended effect, some Republicans in Washington are proving that they are simply no good at spending other people’s money effectively,” said Pat Toomey, President of the Club for Growth. “If the NRSC really wants to win the support of GOP members in Rhode Island, they should try encouraging Sen. Lincoln Chafee to vote for what the Republican party is supposed to stand for — a pro-growth agenda of limited government, lower taxes and less federal spending.” The poll produced the following results:THE NATIONAL REPUBLICAN SENATORIAL COMMITTEE IS SPENDING MONEY ON ATTACK ADS AGAINST STEPHEN LAFFEY, A FELLOW REPUBLICAN HERE IN RHODE ISLAND. DO YOU THINK THEY SHOULD BE SPENDING MONEY ON THIS NEGATIVE CAMPAIGN, OR SHOULD THEY BE SPENDING MONEY AGAINST DEMOCRATS INSTEAD?
SHOULD BE  9.3% 
SPEND AGAINST DEMOCRATS  71.7% 
DON’T KNOW/REFUSED  19% 

HAVE YOU SEEN ANY TELEVISION ADVERTISING OVER THE PAST SEVERAL WEEKS ABOUT STEPHEN LAFFEY?

YES  61% 
NO  35.3% 
DON’T KNOW/REFUSED  3.7% 

AND DID THE ADVERTISING MAKE YOU MORE LIKELY OR LESS LIKELY TO VOTE FOR STEPHEN LAFFEY IN THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY FOR U.S. SENATE?

MORE LIKELY  33.9% 
LESS LIKELY  24.6% 
NO EFFECT/UNDECIDED  39.3% 
REFUSED  2.2% 

“Washington-based Republicans’ elevation of incumbency protection over principle is disgusting rank-and-file GOP members. Great numbers of them are hoping for leaders who advocate returning the party to the pro-growth agenda that helped it achieve a governing majority in the first place,” concluded Toomey. “While I’m sure Mayor Laffey actually appreciates the results of the NRSC’s ads against him, it’s a sad commentary on the state of the Republican party leadership in Washington.”

Club's PAC Endorses Tim Walberg

Andrew Roth - November 07th, 2005

The Club for Growth PAC issued the following press release this morning:bq.

CLUB FOR GROWTH PAC MAKES ITS FIRST GOP PRIMARY CHALLENGER ENDORSEMENT OF ’06 ELECTION CYCLEFormer State Rep. Walberg Endorsed Against Rep. Joe Schwarz (MI-07)
bq. Washington, D.C. – Identifying incumbent Congressman Joe Schwarz (R-MI) as one of the worst examples of Republican politicians who have abandoned any commitment to limited government and pro-growth policy, the political action arm of Club for Growth, the nation’s leading free-market advocacy organization with over 33,000 members, today endorsed former state representative Tim Walberg in the race for Michigan’s 7th Congressional district seat. The endorsement is the Club for Growth PAC’s first for a Republican primary challenger candidate for the FY06 cycle.bq. “Republicans in Congress are sliding toward abandoning their core commitment to limit the size and scope of the Federal government,” said Club for Growth President Pat Toomey. “Rep. Joe Schwarz is a major part of the problem and one of the worst offenders. By replacing him with a true economic conservative, we improve our ability to enact the pro-growth agenda.”bq. “Tim Walberg is a steadfast opponent of higher spending and taxes, having never voted for a tax increase during his 15 years in the Michigan State Legislature,” continued Toomey. “His principled philosophy is exactly what the taxpayers need in Congress,” said Club for Growth president Pat Toomey. “The Club for Growth PAC is committed to helping elect him, and more legislators like him, to Congress.”bq. During the last election cycle, Club for Growth members donated more than $9 million to the Club’s PAC and candidates committed to pro-growth economic policies. For this election cycle, the Club’s PAC has established a new and more aggressive approach to begin the campaign process much earlier and give proven, pro-growth candidates like Tim Walberg the best possible chance to win their races.bq. “The endorsement of Tim Walberg, as a Republican primary challenger, is a first for this election cycle and one of the earliest recommendations that the Club for Growth PAC has made. It reflects our new approach to supporting strong, pro-growth candidates early,” said Toomey.

This press release was paid for by Club for Growth PAC and authorized by Walberg for Congress. 202-955-5500.

Also, here is a glimpse of Joe Schwarz’s positions on economic issues:bq. As reported in the Detroit News, Schwarz once candidly said, “Prop A was the biggest tax increase in the history of the state…I helped write it; it was a great idea.” Schwarz is also on the record for suggesting that the Bush tax cuts might need to be rolled back. In an AP article on Sept. 16, Congressman Schwarz stated with regard to paying for the Katrina rebuilding, “it may require some adjustment of the tax structure,” and “if that means suspending or rescinding some of the tax cuts that have already been made, so be it.”A look at Schwarz’s voting record in Congress this year shows that he is living up to his reputation as a liberal. Here is a long list of bad votes:

  • Voted against an effort to restrict eminent domain powers post Kelo (source)
  • Voted against the RSC’s conservative budget resolution (source)
  • Voted against reducing sugar subsidies (source)
  • Voted against a 1% across-the-board appropriations spending reduction (source)
  • Voted to federally fund PBS (source)
  • Voted to federally fund National Endowment of the Arts (source)
  • Voted to federally fund Amtrak (source)
  • Voted to support impotency drug purchases financed with taxpayers’ money (source)
  • Voted against ANWR drilling (source)
  • Voted against cutting contributions to the United Nations (source)