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Club for Growth Starts New TV Ad Campaign against Ex-Im in Arkansas and Tennessee

Doug Sachtleben - June 12th, 2015

Washington, DC – The Club for Growth today released TV ads urging two more Members of Congress to join conservatives and end the Export-Import Bank. The ads are airing in the congressional districts of Representatives Bruce Westerman (AR-4) and Phil Roe (TN-1). They are on broadcast and cable TV in Little Rock and Fort Smith, AR, and in the Tri-Cities area of northeast Tennessee.

To view the Club for Growth’s new TV ads urging Members to not reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, click here.

“The list of conservatives who want to end the Export-Import Bank is growing,” said Club for Growth President David McIntosh. “Republican presidential candidates, congressional leaders, and committee chairmen in the House and Senate are lining up AGAINST Ex-Im. Meanwhile, there’s overwhelming support FOR Ex-Im from Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and liberal Democrats.

“The opposition to Ex-Im knows what it is: a corrupt federal agency that hands out corporate welfare with American tax dollars. The Club hopes that Phil Roe and Bruce Westerman will join that opposition and stand against any reauthorization of Ex-Im.”

The new ads are part of an overall $1 million campaign, including digital advertising. The Club’s first round of Ex-Im ads began airing in April in the congressional districts of Representatives Bill Flores (TX-17), Renee Ellmers (NC-02), Stephen Fincher (TN-08) and Buddy Carter (GA-01). The second round of ads began airing May 22 in the congressional districts of Representatives Bill Shuster (PA-9) and David McKinley (WV-1). Ads were also planned to start in the districts of Representatives Rob Bishop (UT-1) and Chris Stewart (UT-2), but were canceled after both came out with statements clearly opposing the bank’s reauthorization. The Club also ran an ad in Florida urging Democrats there to support Rep. Alan Grayson’s (FL-9) opposition to Ex-Im, over Rep. Patrick Murphy’s (FL-18) support for the bank.

The Club for Growth is the nation’s leading group promoting economic freedom through legislative involvement, issue advocacy, research, and education.

Club for Growth Applauds Senator Shelby for Opposing Export-Import Bank

Doug Sachtleben - June 09th, 2015

Washington, DC – The Club for Growth today released the following statement after Senator Richard Shelby (AL), Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, announced his opposition to reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank:

“Chairman Shelby is exactly right that ‘we really won’t miss’ the Export-Import Bank when its charter expires,” said Club for Growth President David McIntosh. “As the American people learn about Ex-Im’s corruption and corporate welfare, the tide continues to turn against reauthorization.

“With the Senate Banking Chair and the House Financial Services Chair committed to not moving an Ex-Im reauthorization bill, this matter should be closed. The Club urges Senator McConnell and Speaker Boehner to be on the right side of this issue and to agree to not attach an Ex-Im bill to other legislation that Congress is considering. The Senate needs to follow regular order and not take up Ex-Im legislation that is not put forth by the Banking Committee. ”

The Club for Growth is the nation’s leading group promoting economic freedom through legislative involvement, issue advocacy, research, and education.

An Open Letter to Republicans on the Ex-Im Bank by Rep. Jeb Hensarling (TX-5)

Doug Sachtleben - June 04th, 2015

The following was published in The Wall Street Journal on June 4, 2015

 

By Rep. Jeb Hensarling

The 80-year old Export-Import Bank will begin to wind down on June 30, unless Congress renews it again. Republicans in the House and Senate need to let it expire—and as chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, I am helping lead the charge to see that we do.

Ex-Im arranges taxpayer-backed financing to foreign businesses and governments that agree to buy selected U.S. products. This financing largely benefits a handful of Fortune 100 companies here in America, including General ElectricBoeing, and Caterpillar. The companies keep the profits if sales go well; taxpayers bear the risk of loss if not. The bank is a small-scale example of a larger and more dangerous threat: the shrinking of the free-market economy and the rise of a progressive welfare state—with its attendant cronyism, public-private partnerships, and spreading government economic controls.

Commercial activities today are increasingly driven neither by customer wants nor by entrepreneurial judgments but by bureaucratic directives and political preferences. Businesses, workers, investors and consumers, the notion goes, don’t have the knowledge to make rational choices on their own. Instead, government experts—typically unelected and unaccountable—are necessary to push the economy toward politically favored and less risky outcomes.

But when governments decide who wins and loses, success increasingly depends less on how hard you work and more on who you know in Washington. And big business is often all too willing to enter into alliances with big government to play this game.

The results? Stunted economic growth, anti-competitive directives pushed by special interests at the expense of the commonweal, and corrosive public cynicism. (more…)

Club for Growth TV Ad Applauds Opposition to Ex-Im by Democrat Alan Grayson

Doug Sachtleben - May 26th, 2015

Washington, DC – The Club for Growth today announced the release of a TV ad urging Florida Democrats to support Representative Alan Grayson’s (FL-9) opposition to the Export-Import Bank, over Representative Patrick Murphy’s (FL-18) support for the bank and its corporate welfare. The ad will begin airingtomorrow statewide on MSNBC and other outlets in Florida, and it represents the third phase in an overall $1 million campaign, including digital advertising. The Club is also currently airing ads in the congressional districts of Representatives Bill Shuster (PA-9) and David McKinley (WV-1), on broadcast and cable TV in Johnstown, PA, Clarksburg, WV and Wheeling, WV.

 

To view the Club for Growth’s new Florida TV ad against reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, click here.

 

 

“Congressional Democrats, like Patrick Murphy, are in virtual lockstep in their support for the big corporate special interests that gain taxpayer-provided financing from the Export-Import Bank,” said Club for Growth President David McIntosh. “Despite the hundreds of fraud claims against Ex-Im, and the 31 open fraud investigations involving the bank, Murphy still wants an expansion of Ex-Im. But, Alan Grayson has stood firm in the face of intense Democrat pressure for extending Ex-Im’s life. Even Hillary Clinton is pleading for Ex-Im’s reauthorization. That’s why The Club for Growth is urging Florida Democrats to get involved in the fight against cronyism and corruption by calling on their Democrat representatives to join Alan Grayson in opposing Ex-Im.”

 

 

The Club’s first round of Ex-Im ads began airing in April in the congressional districts of Representatives Bill Flores (TX-17), Renee Ellmers (NC-02), Stephen Fincher (TN-08) and Buddy Carter (GA-01). The second round of ads began airing May 22 in the congressional districts of Representatives Bill Shuster (PA-9) and David McKinley (WV-1). Ads were also planned to start on May 22 in the districts of Representatives Rob Bishop (UT-1) and Chris Stewart (UT-2), but were canceled after both came out with statements clearly opposing the bank’s reauthorization.

 

Script for Export-Import Bank ad (TV :30)

TWO FLORIDA DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS WITH VERY DIFFERENT VIEWS.

ALAN GRAYSON OPPOSES THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK, WHICH SPENDS BILLIONS OF TAX DOLLARS ON A HANDFUL OF GIANT CORPORATIONS.

PATRICK MURPHY SUPPORTS THE EX-IM BANK, AND WANTS TO FUNNEL BILLIONS MORE TO CORPORATE FAT CATS.

CONGRESS WILL SOON VOTE.

TELL YOUR DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO SIDE WITH GRAYSON, NOT MURPHY, AND STOP THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK’S OUTRAGEOUS  CORPORATE GIVEAWAYS.

 

 

The Club for Growth is the nation’s leading group promoting economic freedom through legislative involvement, issue advocacy, research, and education.

Club for Growth & Heritage Action statement on the Export-Import Bank

Doug Sachtleben - May 22nd, 2015

Washington – Following Senate passage of the Trade Act of 2015 (H.R. 1314), Club for Growth President David McIntosh and Heritage Action CEO Michael A. Needham issued a joint statement:

“Yesterday, Senator Maria Cantwell leveraged her vote on Trade Promotion Authority to open up Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s playbook on the Export-Import Bank. It is incumbent upon House conservatives to use their leverage on TPA to extract ironclad public commitments from both McConnell and Speaker John Boehner. Leader McConnell should make clear he will not allow the Democrat minority to usurp the Republican majority’s procedural prerogative. At the same time, Speaker Boehner must make clear he will not jam conservatives on Ex-Im. House conservatives should use every tool at their disposal to stop the advance of TPA until Republican leaders issue those ironclad public commitments.”