The Club's 2006 Congressional Scorecard

Andrew Roth - March 12th, 2007

Club for Growth Releases Annual Congressional Scorecard at March 14th Press Conference

Washington – On Wednesday, March 14, 2007, the Club for Growth will be holding a press conference in honor of its annual presentation of the Defender of Economic Freedom Awards.

The awards are based on a study of key economic votes the Club for Growth compiled for its 2006 scorecard, including votes pertaining to taxes, wasteful spending, and tort reform. The study included a comprehensive examination of each lawmaker’s record on pro-growth policies, resulting in an economic growth score ranging from 0 to 100, with a score of 100 indicating the highest support for pro-growth policies. This year, a total of 22 lawmakers received a score of 90 or above and will be presented with an award at Wednesday’s press conference.

“A lot of congressmen like to pass themselves off as defenders of economic freedom,” Club for Growth President Pat Toomey said, “but the best way to make that determination is by looking at the congressional record, and that is what our scorecard does. These 22 top-scoring lawmakers work tirelessly to protect American taxpayers and deserve to be recognized for their courageous efforts. The scorecard is also a warning to low-scoring lawmakers that their anti-growth records do not go unnoticed.”

The press conference will be held March 14, 2007 at the Capitol in room HC-8, beginning at 9:00 AM. Speakers include Club for Growth President Pat Toomey and congressional members who received a score of 90 or above.

Complete scorecards with a detailed explanation of the votes and methodology used will be available at the press conference.

For more information, please contact Nachama Soloveichik at 202-887-7039.

Rangel Proposes Cutting Taxes by Raising Taxes

Andrew Roth - March 05th, 2007

Here’s a Head Scratcher: Rangel Proposes
Cutting Taxes by Raising Taxes

Washington &mdash House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel’s proposal to raise taxes in order to cut the Alternative Minimum Tax is a recipe for economic disaster.

In an interview with Bloomberg TV’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” Representative Rangel unabashedly supported raising taxes to achieve a more “equitable distribution” of the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts by limiting deductions or by lowering the threshold of income subject to the top rate.

This concocted notion of “equitable distribution,” however, flies in the face of economic evidence. Prior to the Bush tax cuts, the top 50% of wage earners bore 96% of the tax burden. Following the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, that number has grown to 97%, with the bottom half of wage earners paying only 3% of all income taxes. “Does Chairman Rangel want top wage earners to go back to paying 96% of all income taxes?” asked Club for Growth President Pat Toomey.

“Rangel’s plan to undo the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 might as well be called the Economic Destruction Act of 2007,” Mr. Toomey continued. “The Bush tax cuts ushered in a wave of economic growth and prosperity felt across all income levels. We strongly support the elimination of the Alternative Minimum Tax, but the lesson of the economic boom and shrinking deficits caused by the Bush tax cuts is that you don’t need to raise taxes on some people in order to cut them for others. You just need to cut taxes period.”

Huckabee Buckles under Heat from Club

Andrew Roth - March 02nd, 2007

Mike Huckabee Buckles under Heat
from Club for Growth

Washington &mdash Feeling the heat from the Club for Growth’s presidential white paper on his tax-and-spend record, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee pledged today at the CPAC Conference to rule out raising taxes if elected president. Club for Growth President Pat Toomey commended Governor Huckabee’s pledge as an important step in the right direction. “We hope this is evidence that Governor Huckabee appreciates that Americans are overtaxed and neither want nor need higher taxes,” Mr. Toomey said.

In an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press on January 28, 2007, Tim Russert challenged Governor Huckabee’s fiscal conservative credentials, citing the Club for Growth’s repeated criticisms of his tax-hiking record, including a 37% increase in the sales tax, and a 16% and 103% increase in the motor fuel and cigarette taxes. Despite his glaring record, Governor Huckabee refused to rule out raising taxes at the time. His pledge today demonstrates the important role the Club for Growth plays in protecting American taxpayers on the national stage.

Still, Mr. Toomey warned that it is easy and common for candidates to make campaign promises. “We certainly appreciate Governor Huckabee’s conversion,” Mr. Toomey continued, “but we believe a candidate’s record in public office is often more indicative of his philosophy than his pledges on the campaign trail.”

Sam Brownback's Record on Economic Issues

Andrew Roth - February 28th, 2007

Club for Growth Releases Second Presidential White Paper
Senator Brownback’s Record Largely Pro-Growth

Washington – Today, the Club for Growth released its presidential white paper on Republican presidential candidate Kansas Senator Sam Brownback (PDF link or see below). The second in a series of white papers on presidential candidates provides an extensive summary of Senator Brownback’s twelve-year congressional record and the results of an exclusive on-the-record interview with the Senator.

This paper and the series of which it is a part are not endorsements or rejections of any candidates. Instead, each seeks to provide the public with an honest and thorough analysis of the candidate’s record and platform on key economic policies.

“Over his year and a half in the House of Representatives and his ten years in the U.S. Senate, Senator Brownback has proven himself to be, on balance, a strong defender of limited government and pro-growth policies,” said the Club’s President, Pat Toomey. “On taxes, Social Security reform, school choice, and tort reform, Senator Brownback has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to fighting for American taxpayers. His record on trade, political speech, and government regulation of business is generally pro-freedom, with a few exceptions.”

“This largely pro-growth record, however, is tarnished by occasional support for increased government spending and for the 2003 Medicare prescription drug plan. Despite these aberrations, Senator Brownback’s pro-growth record provides a very encouraging forecast of how he may govern if elected president. We encourage Senator Brownback to apply the same commitment to curbing government spending as he has to promoting and implementing other pro-growth, free-market policies.”

Club for Growth PAC Endorses John Sununu

Andrew Roth - February 25th, 2007

Club for Growth PAC Endorses New Hampshire
Senator John Sununu for Reelection

Washington &mdash Today, the political action arm of the Club for Growth, the nation’s leading free-market advocacy organization, endorsed New Hampshire Senator John Sununu for reelection, its first endorsement of the 2008 election cycle.

“Senator Sununu has been a champion of pro-growth, free-market policies in the U.S. Senate,” said Club for Growth President Pat Toomey. “From cutting spending to lowering taxes to expanding trade, John Sununu has led the way. The Club for Growth PAC and the Club’s members are pleased to be able to support Senator Sununu’s reelection bid this year.”

“Senator Sununu scored an impressive 100% on the 2005 Club for Growth Congressional Scorecard, making him 1 of only 3 senators to do so,” Mr. Toomey said. “Without a doubt, Senator Sununu is one of the most pro-growth members of the Senate. We need more Senators like him, and the Club for Growth PAC will do everything it can to help make sure Senator Sununu gets another term.”