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.”

Henry Cuellar Defeats Unified Left Wing

Andrew Roth - March 08th, 2006
CLUB FOR GROWTH PAC HELPS PRO-GROWTH DEMOCRAT REP. HENRY CUELLAR DEFEAT UNIFIED LEFT WING IN TX-28 PRIMARY
Strong Club Member Support Carries Cuellar Past Rodriguez, MoveOn.org, and The Daily Kos

Washington, D.C. – Pat Toomey, President of the Club for Growth, the nation’s leading free-market advocacy organization with over 34,000 members, issued the following statement after the announcement of election results from the Democratic primary in Texas’ 28th Congressional district showing Club for Growth PAC-endorsed Rep. Henry Cuellar defeating former Rep. Ciro Rodriguez and his coalition of ultra-liberal Members of Congress and advocacy groups to win the Democratic primary:”A united coalition of the biggest mouths and money on the tax-hiking Far Left couldn’t defeat Henry Cuellar and his commitment to pro-growth principles.”With aggressive support from the Club for Growth PAC that included a series of phone calls to turn out pro-growth voters, along with Club members who donated more than $165,000 to his campaign, Rep. Cuellar was able to run on his agenda of pro-growth tax relief and increased economic opportunity through free trade and the voters responded by giving him a strong victory.”There are important lessons from this election for leaders in both parties in Washington. Democratic leaders need to understand that just because the loudest voices on the left are shouting for higher taxes, more spending and greater government control over people’s lives doesn’t mean that’s what voters — even Democratic primary voters — want.”Taxes and spending in Washington have gotten out of control because too many Republicans think they need to let tax cuts expire, oppose trade agreements and bring government pork back home to get re-elected. But if a Democrat can successfully campaign on tax relief and free trade, then Republicans – supposedly the party of limited government – should be able to as well.”The Club for Growth PAC endorsed Rep. Cuellar, the first Democrat to receive such an endorsement, because of his principled commitment to the pro-growth agenda. We congratulate him on his victory and encourage others to follow his example.”

Statement by Pat Toomey on the President's 2007 Budget

Andrew Roth - February 06th, 2006
FY2007 Budget: Congress Should Tell The President, “We’ll Cut It From Here.”

Washington, D.C. – Today Pat Toomey, president of the Club for Growth, the nation’s leading free-market advocacy organization with over 34,000 members, made the following statement regarding the President’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2007:”I commend the President for sending Congress a budget that makes the pro-growth tax relief permanent, eliminates some wasteful government programs, holds growth in discretionary spending below the rate of inflation and actually cuts non-security discretionary spending. But if the federal government is going to get serious about economic growth and fiscal responsibility, Congress should consider this a starting point from which to cut further.”Congress should also cut taxes further. With a top personal income tax rate that is 25 percent higher than it was when Ronald Reagan left office, and the second highest corporate tax rate in the world, the Federal tax burden is still excessive and it inhibits America’s economic growth potential. “Congress should cut spending further. Cutting or eliminating 141 wasteful programs worth $15 billion is but a minor nick in the thousands of federal programs that now cost almost $3 trillion. Especially at a time when our nation is conducting an expensive war, more domestic programs should be cut or eliminated. “Congress should cut entitlement spending further. Discretionary spending is steadily diminishing as a percentage of the budget, making cuts there little more than symbolic. Entitlements (excluding net interest) now consume 53% of all program spending and a record 10.8% of GDP. True fiscal responsibility will come with reforming our entitlement programs to make them less costly and more effective.”The President has outlined his plan and now it is Congress’s responsibility to build on it by demonstrating their commitment to fiscal responsibility. In a tight election year, economic conservatives around the country will be watching.”(Source: Tax and spending figures are from the Heritage Foundation)