Andrew Roth - October 12th, 2006
CLUB FOR GROWTH PAC ENDORSES SENATOR GEORGE ALLEN
WASHINGTON, DC – The influential and well-funded Club for Growth PAC, with 9 wins and only 4 losses this election cycle, today endorsed Senator George Allen (R-VA) for re-election.
“Senator Allen has been a leader in the fight to cut taxes, limit wasteful spending and open foreign markets for American goods and services. On the other hand, Jim Webb has already promised to raise taxes, expand government programs and erect protectionist barriers to trade if he were elected. Jim Webb’s liberal economic policies would hurt our economic recovery and cost good paying jobs in Virginia and across the country,” said Pat Toomey, President of the Club for Growth.
Andrew Roth - September 28th, 2006
WASHINGTON, DC – The political action arm of the influential and well-funded Club for Growth, with 9 wins and only 4 losses this election cycle, today endorsed four candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives: Rep. Steve Chabot (OH-01); Ralph Norman (SC-05); David McSweeney (IL-08); and Michele Bachmann (MN-06).
“This week, the Democrats told us what they will do if they win the majority: pass big job-killing tax hikes. It was frightening but not surprising to hear Rep. Rangel say this, but it does underscore what is at stake. The House is up for grabs, and we need to make sure we’re doing all we can to help elect men and women who want to cut taxes and grow the economy. These four candidates have superb records and will vote to keep our economy strong and job creation going,” said Pat Toomey, President of the Club for Growth.
Rep. Steve Chabot, OH-01:
“Rep. Chabot consistently votes for low taxes and low spending, and because of that the DC Democrats want to knock him out. They’re targeting him because he is true to his principles and knows what he stands for. He has stood up for jobs and economic growth, so the Club for Growth PAC will stand up for him against this Democrat onslaught,” said Toomey.
Ralph Norman, SC-05:
“The Club for Growth PAC supports Ralph Norman because in addition to being a true leader for limited government in the state legislature, he is everything that Rep. John Spratt is not. Rep. Spratt consistently votes to keep taxes high and for more spending. His voting record on growth is as liberal as Nancy Pelosi’s, which puts him way out of step with his district,” said Toomey.
David McSweeney, IL-08:
“While Rep. Bean sometimes talks a good game on cutting waste in government, she voted against a budget this year which did just that. In contrast, David McSweeney knows that Washington spending doesn’t help create jobs, it’s the hard work and ingenuity of the American people that does,” said Toomey.
Michele Bachmann, MN-06:
“Michele Bachmann believes strongly in limiting government and keeping taxes low, which is why the Club for Growth PAC is supporting her. Her opponent thinks we need more government red tape and meddling in health care and education, which are two bad ideas that will do much more harm than good,” said Toomey.
Andrew Roth - September 05th, 2006
WASHINGTON, DC – The political action arm of the influential and well-funded Club for Growth, with 9 wins and only 3 losses this election cycle, today endorsed three candidates for the U.S. Senate: Michael Bouchard in Michigan, Michael Steele in Maryland, and Mike McGavick in Washington. Bouchard and McGavick are challenging vulnerable incumbent Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA), while Steele is running for an open seat in Maryland.
“The Club for Growth PAC is making a big difference this election cycle: we’re helping pro-growth candidates win and knocking anti-growth candidates out. We’re excited about these candidates and their commitment to cut taxes, cut spending and growing the economy. Jobs and the economy are one of the top priorities to voters, and we will make it clear in each of these races what is at stake,” said Pat Toomey, President of the Club for Growth.
MIKE BOUCHARD FOR SENATE – MICHIGAN
“The Club for Growth PAC is proud to support Mike Bouchard because of his strong pro-growth and pro-jobs agenda, which is what Michigan needs most. Sen. Stabenow, on the other hand, has voted repeatedly to kill tax relief, increase Washington spending, and threaten economic growth,” said Toomey.
“Sen. Stabenow is good at one thing, however, which is raising piles of campaign cash. The Club for Growth PAC wants to make sure that Mike Bouchard gets a fair chance to talk about his record. With our support, we’re confident that he will,” said Toomey.
The Club for Growth PAC has already helped one pro-growth candidate win in Michigan this year when it endorsed Tim Walberg early in his race against Congressman Joe Schwarz and raised over $600,000 for his campaign. In addition, the Club for Growth PAC spent over $500,000 in independent expenditures including hard-hitting TV and radio ads that underscored Joe Schwarz’s liberal record on economic issues.
“The Club for Growth PAC already helped Tim Walberg defeat one anti-growth incumbent from Michigan, and now we want to do the same for Mike Bouchard,” said Toomey.
MICHAEL STEELE FOR SENATE – MARYLAND
“Michael Steele is a strong leader who knows that opportunity and economic growth are the keys to a bright future, not more government spending and higher taxes. Two of his leading opponents have a different view, as both have voted for an array of higher taxes and more spending in Congress. Michael Steele has a very good chance to be the first pro-growth Senator from Maryland in many years,” said Toomey.
MIKE MCGAVICK FOR SENATE – WASHINGTON
“Mike McGavick has very strong free-market credentials and knows that limited government and low taxes lead to more jobs and more opportunity for workers. Senator Maria Cantwell talks a good game, but too often is voting the other way, siding with more taxes that could threaten the strong economic growth we’ve experienced in the past few years. The Club for Growth PAC wants to make sure that Mike McGavick gets a fair chance to talk about his record. With our support, we’re confident that he will,” said Toomey.
Andrew Roth - August 30th, 2006
Washington, D.C. – Building on its impressive 9 – 3 record in the 2006 election cycle, today the political action arm of the Club for Growth, the nation’s leading free-market advocacy organization with over 36,000 members, endorsed Arizona Senator Jon Kyl for re-election.
“From cutting spending to lowering taxes to expanding trade, Jon Kyl has been a leader in the Senate for economic freedom and pro-growth policies,” said Club for Growth President Pat Toomey. “The Club for Growth PAC and Club members are pleased to be able to support Senator Kyl’s re-election bid this year.”
“Sen. Kyl scored an impressive 100% on the Club for Growth’s 2005 Congressional Scorecard making him 1 of only 3 senators to do so,” Toomey said. “Without a doubt, Sen. Kyl is one of the most pro-growth members of the Senate.”
“Knowing that Sen. Kyl’s opponent has been funding, and continues to fund, his own campaign, Club for Growth members want to leave nothing to chance,” Toomey said. “Jon Kyl has been a reliable supporter of an economically conservative agenda in the Senate and economic conservatives like Club for Growth members will be reliable supporters of his this election cycle.”
“Sen. Kyl consistently demonstrates a willingness to put principles over politics,” Toomey concluded. “We need more Senators like him and the Club for Growth PAC is going to make sure Sen. Kyl has a chance to keep up his great work.”
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.
Andrew Roth - July 31st, 2006
Results show 36 Members of Congress Earned “Defender of Economic Freedom” Award
Washington, D.C. – Pat Toomey, president of the Club for Growth, the nation’s leading free-market advocacy organization with over 36,000 members, today announced the unveiling of the Club’s first annual Congressional Scorecard to allow its members and the public the ability to monitor the actions and voting behavior of members of Congress on economic growth issues.
“This scorecard is an important tool in providing the general public the opportunity to see how their Representative and Senators vote,” said Toomey.
The study included a comprehensive examination of each lawmaker’s record on pro-growth policies and computed an Economic Growth Score on a scale of 0 to 100. A score of 100 indicates the highest support for pro-growth policies. Those lawmakers scoring 90 of higher receive the “Defender of Economic Freedom” award.
“We are delighted that 7 Representatives and 3 Senators scored a perfect 100%, with another 20 Representatives. and 6 Senators scoring 90% or above,” Toomey said. “These Members of Congress demonstrate a strong commitment to economic freedom and free-market principles.”
Those scoring 100% include: Reps. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Mike Pence (R-IN), Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), John Shadegg (R-AZ), Ed Royce (R-CA) and Todd Akin (R-MO) and Sens. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), John Sununu (R-NH) and Jim DeMint (R-SC).
The rating examines legislative actions that reflect the Club for Growth’s immediate pro-economic growth policy goals, including:
- Making the Bush tax cuts permanent
- Death tax repeal
- Cutting and limiting government spending
- Social Security reform with personal retirement accounts
- Expanding free trade
- Legal reform to end abusive lawsuits
- Replacing the current tax code
- School choice
- Regulatory reform and deregulation
Whenever possible, the Club sent a “key vote” alert to each member of Congress prior to an expected roll call vote of pending legislative action that we planned to include in the scorecard.
“We are excited about this scorecard launch and commend the 36 Members of Congress who earned the ‘Defender of Economic Freedom’ Award,” Toomey concluded. “It is our hope that in each year to come, support for common sense, economic principles will continue to grow, allowing more Members to earn this award.”