Hensarling and Ryan Stand Up For Taxpayers in Export-Import Bank DebateLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1290
Washington, DC - Today, the Club for Growth issued a statement of support in response to published reports that Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) have urged conservatives not to reauthorize the taxpayer-backed, corporate-welfare slush fund known as the Export-Import Bank.
According to The Hill:
In a private meeting of the conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC) this week, Hensarling stood up to advocate for ending the bank entirely, according to several people in the room. Hensarling said the bank represented “cronyism” and “corporate welfare,” presenting conservatives with the choice of being “pro-free enterprise” as opposed to merely “pro-business.”
Hensarling said he would listen to members who want to reauthorize the bank with reforms, but he argued that it should be allowed to lapse without congressional action.
In the same meeting, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), also pushed for allowing the charter to expire, arguing that Republicans should not support what conservatives consider corporate welfare programs at the same time as they are advocating cuts to individual welfare programs like food stamps, according to people in the room.
“Congressmen Jeb Hensarling and Congressman Paul Ryan are exactly right – Congress should end the Export-Import Bank once and for all,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Republicans and Democrats should have no problem ending an organization that asked for a bailout before, gave loans to everything from Enron to Mexican drug cartels, and engaged in talks to give a subsidy to a Russian billionaire with ties to Vladimir Putin. It’s time Congress took a hard stand against corporate cronyism and there’s no reason they can’t start with the Export-Import Bank.”
Mike Simpson in New Club for Growth Action TV Ads: “My name is Mike Simpson. I voted for the 700 billion dollar bailout”Link to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1289
Washington, DC - Today, Club for Growth Action announced a new TV ad in the race for Congress in Idaho’s Second Congressional District. The ads use Mike Simpson’s own words about his support for the $700 billion Wall Street bailout against him. The Club for Growth PAC has endorsed attorney Bryan Smith for the seat.
The TV ads are backed by a six-figure buy and will start running tomorrow on broadcast and cable throughout Idaho’s second Congressional District.
“Mike Simpson lied to Idaho voters about his support for the $700 billion Wall Street bailout, and now it’s time to hold him accountable,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Liberal Republicans like Mike Simpson are exactly why we have $17 trillion in debt, and no amount of desperate attacks on conservative Bryan Smith can change that fact. Mike Simpson’s words speak for themselves.”
Script for “Got That?” (TV :30)
VOICEOVER: MIKE SIMPSON SAYS HE VOTED TO REPEAL THE WALL STREET BAILOUT.
FACT CHECKERS CALL THAT “FALSE.”
HERE’S SIMPSON’S OWN WORDS:
CONGRESSMAN MIKE SIMPSON: “I VOTED FOR THE SEVEN HUNDRED BILLION DOLLAR BAILOUT. EVERYBODY GOT THAT? MY NAME IS MIKE SIMPSON. I VOTED FOR THE SEVEN HUNDRED BILLION DOLLAR BAILOUT.”
VOICEOVER: SO WHEN YOU SEE LIBERAL MIKE SIMPSON LYING ABOUT CONSERVATIVE BRYAN SMITH, REMEMBER:
CONGRESSMAN MIKE SIMPSON: “MY NAME IS MIKE SIMPSON. I VOTED FOR THE SEVEN HUNDRED BILLION DOLLAR BAILOUT.”
VOICEOVER: CLUB FOR GROWTH ACTION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTENT OF THIS ADVERTISING.
New Club for Growth Action TV Ads: “Five Decades In Washington Is Enough” For Senator Thad CochranLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1288
Washington, DC - Today, Club for Growth Action announced a new TV ad campaign in Mississippi’s Senate race. The ads criticize Mississippi Republican Senator Thad Cochran for voting for former President Jimmy Carter’s federal takeover of education, former President George H.W. Bush’s “Read My Lips” Tax Increase, and for voting with President Barack Obama to raise the national debt by trillions. The Club for Growth PAC has endorsed State Senator Chris McDaniel for the seat.
The TV ads are backed by a large, six-figure buy and will start running tomorrow on broadcast and cable throughout Mississippi.
“Mississippi has sent Thad Cochran to Washington for five decades and what they’ve gotten back is tax increases and trillions in debt,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “We can’t keep sending liberal Republicans like Thad Cochran to Washington and expect a different result. Thad Cochran has been in Washington too long and it’s time for a conservative change. State Senator Chris McDaniel will stand up to the big spenders in both parties and will oppose tax increases and debt. We need more principled leaders like State Senator McDaniel to solve America’s fiscal mess.”
Script for “Five Decades” (TV :30)
NINETEEN SEVENTIES – THAD COCHRAN VOTES WITH JIMMY CARTER TO MASSIVELY EXPAND FEDERAL CONTROL OF EDUCATION.
NINETEEN NINETIES – COCHRAN VOTES FOR GEORGE H.W. BUSH’S “READ MY LIPS” TAX INCREASE.
TODAY – COCHRAN VOTES WITH OBAMA TO RAISE THE NATIONAL DEBT BY TRILLIONS.
THAD COCHRAN – FIVE DECADES IN WASHINGTON IS ENOUGH.
CLUB FOR GROWTH ACTION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTENT OF THIS ADVERTISING.
Club for Growth Statement on McCutcheon DecisionLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1287
Club for Growth President Chris Chocola: “This is a great day for the First Amendment, and a great day for political speech.”
Washington, DC - The Club for Growth issued the following statement in reaction to the Supreme Court decision McCutcheon v. Federal Elections Commission that invalidated the aggregate limits on campaign contributions:
“This is a great day for the First Amendment, and a great day for political speech,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “With Citizens United and now McCutcheon, the Supreme Court has continued to restrict the role of the federal government in limiting and regulating speech. We hope further efforts to increase the ability of citizens to participate in our democracy are also successful.”
Club for Growth PAC Endorses John Ratcliffe for CongressLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1286
Washington, DC - The Club for Growth PAC today announced that it is endorsing former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe for U.S. Congress in Texas’s 4th Congressional District. The seat is currently held by seventeen-term incumbent Republican Congressman Ralph Hall. The runoff election will take place on May 27th.
The Club for Growth PAC is no stranger to Texas elections. In 2012, the Club’s PAC endorsed now-U.S. Senator Ted Cruz in his race against Lt. Governor David Dewhurst. Club members donated nearly $1,000,000 to Cruz’s campaign and the Club’s Super-PAC, Club for Growth Action, spent $5.5 million on behalf of Cruz’s candidacy.
“John Ratcliffe is a constitutional conservative who will champion economic freedom and individual liberty in Congress,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “As the mayor of Heath, John Ratcliffe kept taxes and spending low as the population of his city doubled. Like Senator Ted Cruz, John Ratcliffe understands that the big spenders in both parties have led us to $17 trillion in debt, and he’ll stand up for pro-growth policies in Washington. John Ratcliffe isn’t afraid to stand on principle, and we’re proud to stand with John Ratcliffe. The Club for Growth PAC strongly endorses his candidacy and he has the full support of Club members.”
Pelosi “singled out Simpson for praise” on San Francisco Park FundingLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1284
Club for Growth President Chris Chocola: “Mike Simpson’s not only a liberal, but he’s also earned the dubious distinction of earning praise from Nancy Pelosi for his love of bigger government.”
Washington, DC - Today, the Club for Growth PAC noted that Mike Simpson was one of just 10 Republicans to vote to spend millions on a park in Nancy Pelosi’s district in San Francisco. The Washington Post highlighted that fact today, noting that “Pelosi, in fact, singled out Simpson for praise” after the vote:
“Mike Simpson’s not only a liberal, but he’s also earned the dubious distinction of earning praise from Nancy Pelosi for his love of bigger government,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Mike Simpson voted with Democrats for a bigger Obama stimulus. He voted for the $700 billion taxpayer bailout of Wall Street and then tried to pretend he voted to repeal it. Mike Simpson voted to raise the debt limit by trillions without one dollar of spending cuts. Mike Simpson’s liberal record is out of step with Idaho Republican primary votes, who should send him home on election day.”
See below a copy of Pelosi’s 2011 statement in praise of Mike Simpson for voting against an amendment to stop millions in federal funding for a park in her district:
Pelosi Statement on Amendment Eliminating Presidio Funding
Feb 17, 2011
Contact: Nadeam Elshami/Drew Hammill, 202-226-7616
“The Presidio has long been a shining example of a successful public-private partnership, crafted with the support of both Republicans and Democrats. Today, we were pleased the Presidio again received bipartisan support, including Chairman Mike Simpson of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Environment. Transforming a military post into an urban national park, we created a model for the nation.
“From its creation, we intended the Presidio to eventually become financially self-sustaining; every year, the federal investment required for the Presidio decreases. Instead, today’s misguided Republican action would result in higher future obligations by the federal government.
“The Presidio Trust is well on its way toward meeting its financial, stewardship, and public use goals, and is headed toward self-sufficiency in 2013. I will fight alongside Senators Feinstein and Boxer to ensure that this damaging provision never becomes law.”###
Fact checkers on Simpson’s Wall Street bailout claim: “Misleading Idaho Voters” “For TARP before he was against it”Link to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1283
Washington, DC - The Club for Growth PAC released the following statement after two independent fact-checkers ridiculed Mike Simpson’s claim that he voted to “repeal” the $700 billion Wall Street bailout after voting for it in 2008. Independent fact checkers are saying that Mike Simpson’s claim that he voted to “repeal” the Wall Street bailout that he voted for in 2008 are both “misleading” and “false.”
GOP lawmaker was for ‘Wall Street bailout’ before he was against it. (Washington Post, 3/18/14)
[Simpson] also has not said he regretted the initial vote. (Washington Post, 3/18/14)
Simpson, by picking and choosing what votes he wants to highlight, is misleading Idaho voters. (Washington Post, 3/18/14)
Simpson was for TARP before he was against it. (Washington Post, 3/18/14)
Rep. Mike Simpson falsely says in a TV ad that he voted to “repeal the Wall Street bailout and repay taxpayers.” (FactCheck.Org, 3/19/14)
At the time of his vote, Simpson called the legislation a “necessary evil” (FactCheck.Org, 3/19/14)
But neither vote amounts to a full “repeal” of TARP, as the ad says. (FactCheck.Org, 3/19/14)
[Simpson] voted for TARP before he began voting against it. (FactCheck.Org, 3/19/14)
“It’s bad enough that Mike Simpson is a liberal who voted for the $700 billion Wall Street bailout, but now he’s being dishonest with Idaho voters,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “It’s not surprising from career politician Mike Simpson – he’s been in Washington 15 years, voted to raise his own pay nine times, and now he’s telling voters he opposed the $700 billion taxpayer bailout of Wall Street that he voted for. This is a ‘for it, before I was against it’ that would make John Kerry blush.”
Club for Growth Asks Chamber of Commerce To Help Stop Export-Import Bank Loans To Russian CompaniesLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1282
Washington, DC - Today, the Club for Growth noted that the Export-Import Bank of the United States had discussions with Putin ally and Russian billionaire Gennady Timchenko about the possibility of U.S. taxpayers backing purchases of luxury airplanes for Timchenko’s charter flight company. Timchenko was not on the list of Russians sanctioned by the Obama administration.
The Export-Import Bank has a long history of activity in Russia. It once gave a loan to a Russian oil company with ties to the Russian mafia: “One of these loans was approved in April by the U.S. Export-Import Bank. It guaranteed $489 million in credits to a Russian oil company whose roots are imbedded in a legacy of KGB and Communist Party corruption, as well as drug trafficking and organized crime funds, according to Russian and U.S. sources and documents.”
“We don’t think that the Export-Import Bank should exist at all, let alone even consider giving loans and loan guarantees to Russian oligarchs and companies with ties to the Russian mob,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “We have no idea what happened with the Export-Import Bank’s discussions with Timchenko, but there’s certainly no reason now why U.S. taxpayers should be footing the bill for subsidies to one of Vladimir Putin’s biggest allies. We hope the Chamber of Commerce will join us in asking the Export-Import Bank to immediately cease doing business with all Russian companies, and finally acknowledge that an agency that has given subsidies to everything from Enron to Mexican Drug Cartels to a company with ties to Russian organized crime should be completely eliminated.”
Club for Growth PAC Releases New Instructional Video: “How To Tell That Mike Simpson Is A R.I.N.O”Link to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1281
Washington, DC - Today, the Club for Growth PAC released a new web video explaining how to tell that liberal Republican Congressman Mike Simpson is a Republican in Name Only. The video highlights several of Mike Simpson’s more liberal statements, including his ludicrous assertion that the $700 billion bailout of Wall Street was constitutional and his contention that “You don’t want to eliminate the EPA,” a position that puts him far outside the mainstream with Idaho voters who have been hammered by that agency under President Obama:
To view the Club’s new instructional video, entitled “How To Tell That Mike Simpson Is A R.I.N.O.”, click here or go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuidpgOMXKI
“Mike Simpson is a Republican In Name Only with a voting record that’s out of step with Idaho Republicans and the rest of the Republican party,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “He’s the only Idaho Republican serving today that voted for the Wall Street bailout, big-spending appropriations bills signed into law by President Obama and the only one to vote to raise the debt limit without one dollar of spending cuts attached. Mike Simpson’s days in Congress are numbered because his liberal record is catching up to him, and Idaho voters are going to hold him accountable.”
“It’s easy to tell that Mike Simpson is a RINO. He’s a big-spending, tax-increasing, government-run-health-care-supporting, bailout-backing, school-choice-opposing, liberal who is the poster child for term limits. We hope this video will help those that have not studied his record as closely,” added Chocola.
Source Videos For Clips in The Web Video:
Simpson talks about breaking his pledge never to raise taxes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws4Hw1_ITxw
Simpson: I voted for SCHIP and voted to override Bush on it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fT0N3gS3wsU
Simpson: You can't just do away with the EPA”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geW3WqEzgyw
Simpson: “You Don't Want To Ban Eamarks”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxE8SZUCqXE
“My name is Mike Simpson, and I voted for the 700 billion dollar bailout”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BR87zI1pVqs
Simpson claims TARP is constitutional: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yn7nzjjnjlE
Club for Growth PAC Endorses Dan Sullivan For U.S. SenateLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1280
Washington, DC – The Club for Growth PAC today announced that it is endorsing former Alaska Attorney General and Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan for the United States Senate in Alaska. The seat is currently held by incumbent Democrat United States Senator Mark Begich:
“Dan Sullivan is a fiscal conservative with a stellar track record in Alaska and we strongly endorse him for the United States Senate.” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Dan has fought for pro-growth tax reform, taken on ObamaCare in court, and beaten back federal overreach by Obama’s EPA. In the Senate, Dan Sullivan will continue the fight for economic freedom and we can’t wait to see him help deliver for America the kinds of pro-growth policies he’s already delivered for Alaska.”
“Liberal Democrat Senator Mark Begich has been a disaster in the United States Senate. He votes for the Obama agenda nearly every chance he gets, from ObamaCare to Obama’s failed stimulus, and he works with Harry Reid to stymie pro-growth policies from passing the Senate. But just replacing Mark Begich with another Republican is not enough – the next Republican Senate Majority must consist of the right kind of Republicans – Senators like Pat Toomey, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Tim Scott, Mike Lee, Tom Coburn, and Rand Paul. Chris McDaniel, Ben Sasse, Tom Cotton, and now Dan Sullivan in Alaska are the next generation of candidates needed to ensure not only a Republican Senate majority, but also a fiscally conservative majority within that majority,” added Chocola.