Bill Sali Wins in ID-01

Andrew Roth - May 24th, 2006
BILL SALI, CLUB FOR GROWTH PAC-SUPPORTED CANDIDATE WINS IDAHO-1 GOP PRIMARY
Voters Continue to Send a Message to Republicans in Washington That They Favor a Pro-Growth Agenda

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Extending the Club for Growth PAC’s record to 6-1 for endorsed candidates in the 2006 cycle, Idaho primary voters last night chose Bill Sali as the GOP nominee for the 1st Congressional District race. The

Club for Growth PAC is the political arm of the nation’s largest free market advocacy organization with more than 35,000 members.

“The Club for Growth PAC is proud to have played a significant part in ensuring Bill had the support he needed to campaign effectively on lower taxes and less spending — and the voters have responded,” said Club for Growth President Pat Toomey. “Club for Growth members donated over $350,000 to his campaign and the Club’s PAC ran a $133,000 independent expenditure TV ad during the closing days of the campaign.”

“This is a huge win for Bill and another huge win for the pro-growth agenda,” Toomey continued. “His belief in limited government, lower taxes and his willingness to stick to his principles as a legislator are traits desperately needed in Congress, especially at a time when congressional Republicans are struggling to hold onto their majority.”

“As the state primaries march on toward November, we are seeing unprecedented signs that voters want change and are willing to elect those who will support pro-growth, free-market principles,” Toomey continued. “Bill’s victory last night is a clear indication of this.”

With a few precincts still left to report, Bill won with 26% of the vote while his 5 other opponents were held to below 18% each. His primary win in this heavily Republican district almost assures he will replace Rep. Butch Otter in Congress after the general election.

“Idaho’s 1st District constituents expect strong, principled leadership and I am confident that Bill Sali will deliver on that expectation once he is elected in November,” concluded Toomey.

Club for Growth Supports Flake's Effort to Fight Pork

Andrew Roth - May 23rd, 2006
Club for Growth Backs Rep. Flake’s Effort to Strip Pork from the Agriculture Appropriations Bill

Washington, D.C. – Today Pat Toomey, president of the Club for Growth, the nation’s leading free-market advocacy organization with over 35,000 members, issued public support for Congressman Jeff Flake’s (R-AZ) effort to remove earmarks that have been inserted in the House Agriculture Appropriations bill.”The House Agriculture Appropriations bill is so full of pork projects that it’s enough to make any taxpayer squeal with horror,” said Club for Growth President, Pat Toomey.”The Club for Growth strongly supports Congressman Flake’s efforts to trim as much of the egregious fat as possible by offering amendments to block funding for these wasteful earmarks,” Toomey continued. “We urge Congress to get serious about reining in wasteful spending and encourage President Bush to support this effort. The easiest way to start is by eliminating earmarks from spending bills.””We applaud Rep. Flake for his commitment to American taxpayers,” Toomey concluded. “If Members of Congress don’t act fast to eliminate egregious pork projects, voters may act fast to eliminate the members in November.”UPDATE: Predictably, the House rejected Flake’s bold attempt to defund the pork projects. Here are some lawmakers who stood up and publicly opposed Flake. Also, Flake didn’t stop with the Agriculture Appropriations bill. The next day, he offered 6 more amendments to the Energy and Water bill. If you want to learn more about this and other economic issues, check out the blog.

Club Members Score Another Victory

Andrew Roth - May 10th, 2006

ADRIAN SMITH, CLUB FOR GROWTH PAC-SUPPORTED CANDIDATE WINS NEBRASKA-3 GOP PRIMARY
Voters Favor Pro-Growth Agenda; Send A Message To Republicans in Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Extending the Club for Growth PAC’s record to 5-1 for endorsed candidates in the 2006 cycle, Nebraska primary voters last night chose Adrian Smith as the GOP nominee for the 3rd Congressional District race. Adrian Smith is an endorsed candidate of the Club for Growth PAC, the political arm of the nation’s largest free market advocacy organization with more than 35,000 members.

“The Club for Growth PAC is proud to have played a significant part in ensuring Adrian had the support he needed to campaign effectively on lower taxes and less spending — and the voters have responded,” said Club for Growth President Pat Toomey. “Club for Growth members donated over $320,000 to his campaign and the Club’s PAC ran a $70,000 independent expenditure TV ad during the closing days of the campaign touting Adrian’s experience as a proven tax fighter.”

“This is a huge win for Adrian and the pro-growth agenda,” Toomey continued. “His belief in limited government, lower taxes and his willingness to stick to his principles as a legislator are traits desperately needed in Congress, especially at a time when congressional Republicans are struggling to hold onto their majority.”

Adrian won with 39% of the vote while his top opponents, John Hanson, an aide to the current congressman, Tom Osborne, and Jay Vavricek, the mayor of Grand Island each received 29% and 28%, respectively. His primary win in this heavily Republican district almost assures he will replace Rep. Tom Osborne in Congress after the general election.

“Nebraska’s 3rd District constituents expect strong, principled leadership and I am confident that Adrian Smith will deliver on that expectation once he is elected in November,” concluded Toomey.

Press Release on Our Free Speech Coalition Letter

Andrew Roth - May 03rd, 2006

CLUB FOR GROWTH JOINS 64 OTHER LEADING CONSERVATIVE ORGANIZATIONS TO TELL CONGRESS TO REJECT ASSAULT ON FREE SPEECH, OPPOSE H.R. 513 & S. 1053
Open Letter Denounces “Free Speech Restrictions,” Warns of Unintended Consequences

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the House of Representatives preparing to vote on a lobbying reform bill that will ultimately include dramatic restrictions on speech, leaders of sixty-five of the nation’s leading conservative organizations released a letter today calling on members of the House and Senate to oppose any bill that forces 527 organizations to become PACs.

“The outcry from the conservative community against this move to suppress free speech is loud and unified,” said Pat Toomey, President of the Club for Growth, the nation’s leading pro-growth advocacy organization with more than 35,000 members. “With a congressional majority potentially hanging in the balance this fall, Republicans in Congress ignore the concerns outlined in this letter at their peril.”

The open letter to members of Congress outlines the strong opposition the signers, and the millions of citizens they represent, have to efforts currently being considered by Congress to ban any communication over $1000 at any time by any method by any 527 group unless it becomes a PAC. Specifically, H.R. 513 and S. 1053 include this provision.

“Forcing 527 groups to become PACs will not only force free speech restrictions on any organization wishing to speak to the public about actions taken by Congress or stands taken by candidates,” continued Toomey. “It will also drastically reduce transparency as money shifts to organizations that have far less reporting requirements than 527s currently do.”

Under current law, other non-profit organizations such as labor unions, business associations and social welfare groups need not publicly disclose donations and expenditures.

“When you were sworn into office, you took an oath to ‘support this Constitution,’” concludes the letter. “We ask you to faithfully uphold that oath by rejecting H.R. 513, S. 1053 and any other bill that restricts political free speech.”

A copy of the coalition letter can be viewed here.

Press Release on Ohio Primary Victories

Andrew Roth - May 03rd, 2006

OH(IO), WHAT A NIGHT: CLUB FOR GROWTH PAC-SUPPORTED CANDIDATES WIN BUCKEYE STATE PRIMARIES
Voters Favor Pro-Growth Agenda; Send A Message To Republicans in Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Extending the Club for Growth PAC’s record to 4-0 for endorsed candidates in the 2006 cycle, last night Ohio primary voters overwhelmingly voted for the two candidates endorsed by the Club for Growth PAC, the political arm of the nation’s largest free market advocacy organization with more than 35,000 members, and the pro-growth agenda they advocate: Secretary of State Ken Blackwell for Governor, and State Senator Jim Jordan for the 4th Congressional District. Club for Growth PAC support was vital to both victories.

“These are huge wins not only for Ken Blackwell and Jim Jordan, but for the entire pro-growth agenda,” said Pat Toomey, President of the Club for Growth. “The Club for Growth PAC is proud to have played a significant part in ensuring these two candidates had the support they needed to campaign effectively on lower taxes and less spending and the voters have responded.”

“Ohio voters also sent a message to Republicans in Washington that they strongly favor candidates who say yes to cutting taxes and no to wasteful government spending,” continued Toomey. “That’s an important lesson congressional Republicans should heed as they struggle to hold onto their majority during this year’s mid-term elections.”

Club for Growth PAC-endorsed Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell defeated Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro for the Republican nomination for Governor by 13 points, 56-44.

“The Club for Growth PAC rarely endorses gubernatorial candidates and it’s a sign of Ken’s commitment to the pro-growth agenda and the importance of this race that we endorsed him,” said Toomey. “Ken Blackwell has the ability to once again make Ohio a leader by cutting taxes and reducing state spending to support stronger economic growth.”

Club for Growth PAC-endorsed State Senator Jim Jordan won 51 percent of the Republican primary vote in Ohio’s 4th Congressional district among a crowded field of five other challengers – including one who spent $1.4 million of his own money. His primary win in this heavily Republican victory almost assures he will replace Rep. Mike Oxley in Congress after the general election.

“Congress demonstrates on almost a daily basis why we need Jim Jordan and more people like him who are truly committed to the pro-growth agenda in Washington,” said Toomey. “With Club for Growth PAC support, Jim was able to post a solid primary victory against a very well-financed opponent and we look forward to calling him Congressman after November.”