Club for Growth Leads Coalition Urging President Trump to Stand Firm against Special Interest Pressure to Drop Ex-Im Pick
Rachael Slobodien - August 07th, 2017
“It is beyond audacious that the recipients of the Bank’s subsidies believe they can select the person to run the very agency that will hand the goodies out to them.”
Washington, DC –Today, Club for Growth sent a coalition letter to Senator Michael Crapo, Senate Chairman of the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, to denounce special interests who seek to strongarm President Trump into dropping the appointment of Scott Garrett as the next president of the Export-Import Bank. Additionally, the conservative organizations announce opposition to any nomination (or slate of nominations) to Ex-Im’s board if Garrett’s nomination is not considered.
The letter can be read in its entirety below or can be viewed in pdf version by clicking this link.
Dear Chairman Crapo,
On behalf of the following organizations representing millions of Americans, we write to strongly denounce the special interest business groups that are urging the White House to drop the appointment of Scott Garrett as the next president of the Export-Import Bank.
It is beyond audacious that the recipients of the Bank’s subsidies believe that they, not the President, can select the person to run the very agency that will hand the goodies out to them. This is regulatory capture at its worst.
Cronyism and corruption have long plagued the Bank’s operations. When special interests publicly demand their spoils in such an egregious manner, it only further erodes the public’s confidence in their government.
President Trump has successfully appointed reformers to lead other agencies – like Scott Pruitt at the EPA and Betsy DeVos at the Department of Education. His appointment of Garrett is in keeping with his courageous reform agenda to “drain the swamp.” For special interest groups to dictate the terms of his appointments is precisely the wrong message to send to the American people.
As recently as 2015, the Bank had almost 800 fraud claims levied against it. There have been 85 indictments, 48 criminal judgements, and 66 years of prison sentences brought to bear because of the Bank’s activities. Letting special interests continue to control the Bank’s leadership and operations will only extend this disastrously corrupt track record.
We’re extremely hopeful that President Trump will ignore the special interests that are so desperate for their Export-Import Bank gravy train to continue. To that end, our groups and the people we represent, will vocally oppose any nomination (or slate of nominations) to Ex-Im’s board if Garrett’s nomination is not considered.
David McIntosh, President
Club for Growth
Michael A. Needham, Chief Executive Officer
Heritage Action for America
Jason Pye, Vice President of Legislative Affairs
Rick Manning, President
Americans for Limited Government
Phil Kerpen, President
David Williams, President
Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Colin A. Hanna, President
Let Freedom Ring USA
Daniel Schneider, Executive Director
American Conservative Union
Tony Perkins, President
Family Research Council
Club for Growth PAC Endorses Chris Herrod (UT-03); Club for Growth Action Launches Ad Exposing John Curtis’ Tax-Hiking Record
Rachael Slobodien - August 04th, 2017
“Chris Herrod is a tried and true fiscal conservative with a proven record.”
Washington, DC – Today, the Club for Growth PAC announced its endorsement of Chris Herrod, former Utah State Representative, for the special election to fill the UT-03 House seat, formerly held by Jason Chaffetz. Club for Growth Action also unveiled a new TV and digital ad, entitled “Halloween,” which exposes John Curtis’ consistent support for tax increases and Tanner Ainge’s intent to be “bipartisan” and work with the likes of Nancy Pelosi.
“Chris Herrod is a tried and true fiscal conservative with a proven record,” stated Club for Growth PAC President David McIntosh.
“Unlike others in this race, Chris’ words match his impeccable, pro-growth record, and Utahns can count on Chris to fight for them.
“While some so-called Republicans in this primary only now support lowering taxes, Chris has fought for the Utah taxpayer for decades. In his time serving the state of Utah, Chris earned some of the most impressive distinctions for his work protecting Utah taxpayers.
“When casting a vote for Chris Herrod, Utahns know exactly what they’re getting—a principled, economic conservative dedicated to protecting taxpayers instead of lobbyists and special interests.”
Club for Growth Action’s new ad can be viewed here and will begin airing August 7 on broadcast and cable networks across Utah’s 3rd district.
Rachael Slobodien - July 27th, 2017
Washington, DC – Club for Growth Vice President Andy Roth offered the following statement in response to the news that a Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) would not be included in the tax reform principles the White House and GOP Congressional leaders unveiled today. Club for Growth played an instrumental role in influencing the BAT debate and ensuring its ultimate demise. Earlier this year, Club for Growth spent nearly $700,000 on ad buys urging Republican Members of Congress to oppose the BAT. Links to these ads are included at the bottom of this release.
Club for Growth Vice President Andy Roth remarked:
“Today is a great day for the American taxpayer. From the get-go, Club for Growth led efforts to inform the public of the harmful economic impacts a BAT would cause.
“Talk of a BAT had quieted as Congress began realizing – in part because of the attention Club for Growth brought to the issue – the harm a BAT would wreak on our nation’s economy and the pocketbooks of hardworking Americans. But until today’s announcement, the BAT was lurking in the shadows ready to rear its ugly head.
“As Club for Growth President David McIntosh remarked earlier this summer, ‘we should kill the BAT, bury it, and give it a funeral.’ Well, we’re pleased today to do exactly that. In fact, we’ll lead the procession.
“Now that the BAT is dead and buried, we look forward to working with congressional leaders and the White House to push for pro-growth tax reform. The Club strongly supports lower tax rates for individuals and businesses, lower taxes on capital, and a simplified tax code that supercharges the economy.”
The ads ran in the following districts and can be viewed by clicking the links below.
Rachael Slobodien - July 26th, 2017
“It’s good to see that the out-of-touch liberal Tammy Baldwin is finally getting a serious challenger.”
Washington, DC – Club for Growth PAC President David McIntosh offered the following statement upon learning of Kevin Nicholson’s announcement to run for U.S. Senate and unseat Tammy Baldwin:
“Club for Growth PAC is pleased to welcome Kevin Nicholson to the race,” stated Club for Growth PAC President David McIntosh.
“It’s good to see that the out-of-touch liberal Tammy Baldwin is finally getting a serious challenger who will help expose her liberal record to Wisconsin voters.”
Club for Growth PAC is a political arm of the Club for Growth, a 501(c)(4).
Rachael Slobodien - July 18th, 2017
“This should be a slam dunk; the Senate already passed this legislation once.”
Washington, DC –Club for Growth President David McIntosh offered the following statement after Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced his plans with regard to the Senate’s 2015 Obamacare repeal bill:
“Club for Growth applauds Leader McConnell’s promise to bring the 2015 Obamacare repeal bill before the Senate,” Club for Growth President David McIntosh. “While the stories have already been written placing a nail in the coffin of repealing Obamacare, Club for Growth is not willing to retreat. Here’s to hoping that the third time’s the charm.
“While short of perfection—the 2015 legislation leaves several Obamacare regulations in place—it is the best option Republicans currently have to begin to repeal Obamacare. And this should be a slam dunk. After all, Senate Republicans already passed this legislation once.
“What’s changed between now and then is that in 2015 Republicans could hide behind President Obama’s veto. Well, Obama is no longer president and Senate Republicans got exactly what they wished for: a Republican in the White House who will sign repeal legislation brought to his desk. With the Obama impediment gone, moderate Republicans—most of whom supported the 2015 legislation—will now be forced to reveal their true colors.
“It was easy for moderate Republicans to grandstand and regurgitate fiery political rhetoric when they knew repeal efforts would go nowhere, but now they will have to do something politicians don’t often do. And that is keep their promises.
“Because it is vital for the overall goal of eventually repealing ALL of Obamacare, the Club for Growth is going to key vote in favor of the 2015 repeal bill. The vote will be included in the Club for Growth’s 2017 congressional scorecard.”