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.”


Huckabee and the Grocery Tax Cut

Andrew Roth - February 16th, 2007

Club for Growth Shines Light on Huckabee’s Record on Taxes

WASHINGTON – Feeling the heat from the Club for Growth’s reporting of his tax-and-spend record, Governor Mike Huckabee is taking credit for a grocery tax cut signed into law yesterday by the current Democratic governor of Arkansas. However, Governor Huckabee strongly opposed the repeal of the same grocery tax in 2002 (Arkansas News Bureau, 08/30/02).

Governor Huckabee claims “he helped ”frame the message’ for the grocery tax cut by urging tax cuts during his final months in office” (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 02/16/07), but Governor Huckabee had ample opportunity in the summer of 2006 to push for the tax cut by calling the State Legislature into session and failed to do so (Arkansas News Bureau, 07/06/06). While Governor Huckabee claims he supported the tax cut then and takes credit for it now, his refusal to act speaks louder than his empty words.

Club for Growth President Pat Toomey warned that taxpayers will not be fooled by political sleights of hand and hollow talk. “While Governor Huckabee cut taxes modestly when he first entered office, his second full term as governor was marked by a series of tax hikes,” Mr. Toomey said. “By the end of his ten-year tenure, the sales tax in Arkansas was 37% higher than when he took office in 1996, and motor fuel and cigarette taxes were 16% and 103% higher respectively (Americans for Tax Reform, 01/07/07). It’s a sad day when a Democratic governor is more successful at cutting taxes in his first two months in office than a Republican governor was in ten years.”

Club Responds to President's Economic Report

Andrew Roth - February 12th, 2007

Club for Growth Responds to President’s Economic Report
Urges Congress to Make Tax Cuts Permanent and Approve Fast-Track Authority

WASHINGTON – In response to President Bush’s annual economic report to Congress, Club for Growth President Pat Toomey released the following statement:

“President Bush’s call for making the tax cuts permanent and renewing fast-track authority is exactly what this country needs to produce healthy economic growth.

“Opposition to free trade flies in the face of the economic evidence. It is no coincidence that the strongest sustainable period of economic growth and productivity in this country coincided with the period of the freest trade. Senator Schumer suggests “shift[ing] focus” away from free trade, but others in Congress would be well-served to remember the useful maxim – If it ain’t broke, don’t break it.”

Club for Growth Urges Obama to Emulate JFK

Andrew Roth - February 09th, 2007


Washington &mdash The Club for Growth urges Senator Obama to emulate President John F. Kennedy’s policies of economic growth and turn away from his own record of supporting tax hikes, wasteful pork-barrel projects, and protectionist policies that keep the special interests happy and prices high.

In the Illinois State Senate, Senator Obama repeatedly voted for anti-growth measures including numerous tax hikes (AP 11/15/00, 04/05/02, 05/31/03, 06/03/03) and a minimum wage increase (Chicago Sun-Times 09/01/03). Once in the U.S. Senate, Senator Obama remained true to form, continuing to vote for policies that hurt American taxpayers and kill jobs. These include:

  • A 2006 vote against extending $70 billion in cuts in capital gains and dividend taxes (Roll Call #118, 05/11/06). These tax cuts helped stimulate the economy and are essential for continued economic expansion.
  • A 2005 vote against the Central American Free Trade Act (Roll Call #209, 07/28/05).
  • A 2006 vote to raise the federal minimum wage, a bill that would harm small businesses and result in job losses (Roll Call #179, 06/21/06).
  • A vote against Senator Tom Coburn’s (R-OK) amendment to transfer $223 million from Alaska’s “Bridge to Nowhere” to rebuild a Louisiana bridge damaged by Hurricane Katrina (Roll Call #262, 10/20/05).
  • On the record opposition to personal savings accounts that would help make Social Security solvent and give workers the opportunity to accumulate wealth (

Club for Growth President Pat Toomey said, “Senator Obama’s prescription for America would result in higher taxes, higher tariffs, higher spending, less economic freedom, and consequently, a weak economy. Last week, John Edwards announced he wants to raise taxes. This week, the tax-hiking, protectionist Senator Obama promised to campaign on ”a different kind of politics’ while supporting the same old disastrous economic policies of the past.

“We urge Senator Obama and other leading Democrats to learn from the pro-growth lessons of President Kennedy’s tax cuts and the general free trade policies of every post-war U.S. President. A truly different brand of politics would blend the best economic leadership of Presidents Reagan and Kennedy to maintain America’s world leadership as an engine of growth.”

Romney's Economic Speech

Andrew Roth - February 07th, 2007

Club for Growth Responds to Romney’s Economic Speech

Washington &mdash As part of the Club for Growth’s ongoing analysis of presidential candidates and their economic policies, the Club for Growth commends Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for promoting a pro-growth, limited government agenda in his speech before the Detroit Economic Club today.

The Club’s President, Pat Toomey, highlighted Governor Romney’s call for permanent tax cuts, tax reform, spending discipline, regulatory relief starting with the reform of Sarbanes-Oxley, and tort reform as “solidly pro-growth.”

“Governor Romney outlined today an economic platform that is, generally speaking, very pro-growth despite the surprising limit he suggests for tax-free savings,” Toomey said. “As the governor develops the specifics of his economic policies, we hope he will boldly build upon the limited government, free-market policies he discussed today.”

“The other presidential candidates should follow Governor Romney’s lead and propose similar, if not more extensive, measures to protect American taxpayers and promote continued economic expansion.”