NRSC's Anti-Laffey Ad Campaign Backfires

Mr. Andrew Roth - November 30th, 2005

NRSC ANTI-LAFFEY AD CAMPAIGN BACKFIRESFollowing NRSC Ads, GOP Primary Voters More Likely To Support Chafee Challenger
Washington, D.C. — Results from a poll by the Club for Growth, the nation’s leading free-market advocacy organization with over 33,000 members, show that a Rhode Island TV ad campaign by the National Republican Senatorial Committee designed to help liberal incumbent Senator Lincoln Chafee appears to be angering core Republican voters and driving up support for his Republican primary challenger, Cranston, Rhode Island, Mayor Stephen Laffey.The poll of 300 Republican primary voters was conducted by National Research Inc. on Nov. 14-15. The poll asked whether respondents had seen television ads about Stephen Laffey. Among those who had, three out of four respondents said the ads either made them more likely to support Laffey or had no effect. Among those who reported that the ads affected their views, nearly three out of five of those (or 58%) respondents reported they were more likely to support Laffey.”From bridges to nowhere to campaign ads that have the opposite of their intended effect, some Republicans in Washington are proving that they are simply no good at spending other people’s money effectively,” said Pat Toomey, President of the Club for Growth. “If the NRSC really wants to win the support of GOP members in Rhode Island, they should try encouraging Sen. Lincoln Chafee to vote for what the Republican party is supposed to stand for — a pro-growth agenda of limited government, lower taxes and less federal spending.” The poll produced the following results:THE NATIONAL REPUBLICAN SENATORIAL COMMITTEE IS SPENDING MONEY ON ATTACK ADS AGAINST STEPHEN LAFFEY, A FELLOW REPUBLICAN HERE IN RHODE ISLAND. DO YOU THINK THEY SHOULD BE SPENDING MONEY ON THIS NEGATIVE CAMPAIGN, OR SHOULD THEY BE SPENDING MONEY AGAINST DEMOCRATS INSTEAD?
SHOULD BE  9.3% 
SPEND AGAINST DEMOCRATS  71.7% 
DON’T KNOW/REFUSED  19% 

HAVE YOU SEEN ANY TELEVISION ADVERTISING OVER THE PAST SEVERAL WEEKS ABOUT STEPHEN LAFFEY?

YES  61% 
NO  35.3% 
DON’T KNOW/REFUSED  3.7% 

AND DID THE ADVERTISING MAKE YOU MORE LIKELY OR LESS LIKELY TO VOTE FOR STEPHEN LAFFEY IN THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY FOR U.S. SENATE?

MORE LIKELY  33.9% 
LESS LIKELY  24.6% 
NO EFFECT/UNDECIDED  39.3% 
REFUSED  2.2% 

“Washington-based Republicans’ elevation of incumbency protection over principle is disgusting rank-and-file GOP members. Great numbers of them are hoping for leaders who advocate returning the party to the pro-growth agenda that helped it achieve a governing majority in the first place,” concluded Toomey. “While I’m sure Mayor Laffey actually appreciates the results of the NRSC’s ads against him, it’s a sad commentary on the state of the Republican party leadership in Washington.”

Club's PAC Endorses Tim Walberg

Mr. Andrew Roth - November 07th, 2005

The Club for Growth PAC issued the following press release this morning:bq.

CLUB FOR GROWTH PAC MAKES ITS FIRST GOP PRIMARY CHALLENGER ENDORSEMENT OF ’06 ELECTION CYCLEFormer State Rep. Walberg Endorsed Against Rep. Joe Schwarz (MI-07)
bq. Washington, D.C. – Identifying incumbent Congressman Joe Schwarz (R-MI) as one of the worst examples of Republican politicians who have abandoned any commitment to limited government and pro-growth policy, the political action arm of Club for Growth, the nation’s leading free-market advocacy organization with over 33,000 members, today endorsed former state representative Tim Walberg in the race for Michigan’s 7th Congressional district seat. The endorsement is the Club for Growth PAC’s first for a Republican primary challenger candidate for the FY06 cycle.bq. “Republicans in Congress are sliding toward abandoning their core commitment to limit the size and scope of the Federal government,” said Club for Growth President Pat Toomey. “Rep. Joe Schwarz is a major part of the problem and one of the worst offenders. By replacing him with a true economic conservative, we improve our ability to enact the pro-growth agenda.”bq. “Tim Walberg is a steadfast opponent of higher spending and taxes, having never voted for a tax increase during his 15 years in the Michigan State Legislature,” continued Toomey. “His principled philosophy is exactly what the taxpayers need in Congress,” said Club for Growth president Pat Toomey. “The Club for Growth PAC is committed to helping elect him, and more legislators like him, to Congress.”bq. 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. For this election cycle, the Club’s PAC has established a new and more aggressive approach to begin the campaign process much earlier and give proven, pro-growth candidates like Tim Walberg the best possible chance to win their races.bq. “The endorsement of Tim Walberg, as a Republican primary challenger, is a first for this election cycle and one of the earliest recommendations that the Club for Growth PAC has made. It reflects our new approach to supporting strong, pro-growth candidates early,” said Toomey.

This press release was paid for by Club for Growth PAC and authorized by Walberg for Congress. 202-955-5500.

Also, here is a glimpse of Joe Schwarz’s positions on economic issues:bq. As reported in the Detroit News, Schwarz once candidly said, “Prop A was the biggest tax increase in the history of the state…I helped write it; it was a great idea.” Schwarz is also on the record for suggesting that the Bush tax cuts might need to be rolled back. In an AP article on Sept. 16, Congressman Schwarz stated with regard to paying for the Katrina rebuilding, “it may require some adjustment of the tax structure,” and “if that means suspending or rescinding some of the tax cuts that have already been made, so be it.”A look at Schwarz’s voting record in Congress this year shows that he is living up to his reputation as a liberal. Here is a long list of bad votes:

  • Voted against an effort to restrict eminent domain powers post Kelo (source)
  • Voted against the RSC’s conservative budget resolution (source)
  • Voted against reducing sugar subsidies (source)
  • Voted against a 1% across-the-board appropriations spending reduction (source)
  • Voted to federally fund PBS (source)
  • Voted to federally fund National Endowment of the Arts (source)
  • Voted to federally fund Amtrak (source)
  • Voted to support impotency drug purchases financed with taxpayers’ money (source)
  • Voted against ANWR drilling (source)
  • Voted against cutting contributions to the United Nations (source)

The Senate's Own 'Operation Offset'

Mr. Andrew Roth - October 25th, 2005

Pat just issued this statement following the press conference given by the Senate’s new ‘Fiscal Watch Team’:bq.

SENATE FISCAL WATCH TEAM SETTING RIGHT EXAMPLE IN PROMOTING KATRINA SPENDING OFFSETS
bq. WASHINGTON, D.C. – Pat Toomey, President of the Club for Growth, the nation’s leading advocacy organization for free-market, pro-growth economic policies, issued the following statement in support of the Senate “Fiscal Watch Team’s” efforts to offset federal spending for Hurricane Katrina. The Senators who comprise the Fiscal Watch Team include: Sens. Brownback, Coburn, DeMint, Ensign, Graham, McCain, and Sununu.bq. “The effort put forth by these senators is a solid compliment to “Operation Offset” created by members of the House Republican Study Committee, who have identified specific areas of the Federal budget that can be cut or eliminated to reduce the fiscal impact of Katrina recovery spending.bq. “By the government’s own admission, there are billions of dollars wasted every year in our $2.6 trillion budget. There are billions more in programs that simply cannot be called priorities.bq. “True leadership, especially by those who call themselves economic conservatives, means setting priorities and being responsible with the taxpayers’ dollars. The Fiscal Watch Team and Members of Congress responsible for Operation Offset are demonstrating that kind of leadership. Let’s hope the Administration and Congressional leadership join them.”

Press Statement

Mr. Andrew Roth - October 20th, 2005

We just issued the following press statement:bq.

Toomey: Spending Debate a Defining Moment for Republicans
bq. Club for Growth President Pat Toomey issued the following statement over the debate on spending restraint and offsets.bq. “This is a defining moment. The Republican Party came into power in 1995 by advocating limited government. But in the last 4-5 years, there has been no evidence that the Republican officials in the Federal government have any remaining commitment to this vital principal.bq. “Federal spending in virtually every area has grown at a record pace, the culmination of which has been a pork-infested transportation bill and an open-ended commitment to spend after hurricanes Katrina and Rita.bq. “If Republicans can’t see the need to rein in Federal spending even now, they will have abandoned the one big idea that unites the Republican coalition. And if that happens, core elements of that coalition may in fact abandon the Republican Party before the 2006 elections. It is an unfortunate fact that achieving some modicum of fiscal discipline will have to be done by Republicans alone. Thus far, no Democrats have shown any interest in controlling spending – they want to make the problem worse. But it is Republicans who have majorities in Congress so they have the responsibility.bq. “I lead an organization with more than 32,000 members from all across America. They are deeply troubled by the growth in Federal spending under the Republican majority. They want to see Congress come back next week and agree to modify the Budget Resolution to expand the reductions in the growth of mandatory programs, and institute an across-the-board cut to begin to institute some fiscal responsibility.”

Club PAC-Endorsed Candidate Wins CA-48 Open Primary

Mr. Andrew Roth - October 05th, 2005

We issued the following press release following John Campbell’s open primary victory last night in California’s 48th congressional district. If you’d like to get more information on the race, including election results, the OC Blog has excellent coverage.

CLUB FOR GROWTH PAC-ENDORSED CANDIDATE WINS CA-48 PRIMARY
New Strategy of Early Support Already Generating Results For Pro-Growth Agenda

Washington, D.C. – With substantial assistance from the political action arm of the Club for Growth, the nation’s leading free-market advocacy organization with over 31,000 members, California State Senator John Campbell won the Republican nomination in the open primary in California’s 48th congressional district. The seat was vacated by Rep. Chris Cox, who recently became chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

“The voters of California’s 48th congressional district have made a strong statement in favor of the limited government, lower taxes agenda for which Sen. Campbell is a leading advocate,” said Club for Growth President Pat Toomey. “It was because of Campbell’s leadership on these issues that the Club for Growth PAC was among his first and biggest supporters.”

For the 2006 election cycle, the Club for Growth PAC has established a new and more aggressive approach to begin the campaign process much earlier and give proven, pro-growth candidates the best possible chance to win their races. As part of that new strategy, the Club for Growth PAC endorsed Sen. Campbell on August 8th because of his stellar record of opposing higher taxes and higher spending in the California General Assembly and State Senate.

Following the endorsement, Club for Growth members donated more than $115,000 to Sen. Campbell’s campaign. The Club for Growth PAC was also the first organization on the air with ads, spending more than $56,000 to make clear that Campbell’s opponent, Marilyn Brewer, was not a leader on pro-growth issues.

“The Club for Growth PAC’s early endorsement of John Campbell for Congress, our aggressive efforts to raise money for his campaign and our independent expenditure radio and TV ads demonstrate the sort of influence the Club for Growth PAC will have throughout the 2006 cycle,” continued Toomey.

The Club for Growth PAC has already endorsed four other congressional candidates for 2006: Sharron Angle (NV-02), Phil Krinkie (MN-06), Bill Sali (ID-01) and Rick O’Donnell (CO-07).

This press release was paid for by Club for Growth PAC and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. 202-955-5500.