New TV Ads By Club for Growth Action Promote Chris McDaniel In MississippiLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1245
Washington, DC - Today, Club for Growth Action announced a new TV ad campaign in Mississippi that promotes State Senator Chris McDaniel as the “strong, conservative leader Mississippi needs in the U.S. Senate.” The ad will start running tomorrow on broadcast and cable throughout Mississippi.
“Chris McDaniel doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the walk when it comes to the fight for economic freedom,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Career politicians and big government liberals are bankrupting our country, and that’s exactly why we need Chris McDaniel fighting for us in Washington. Club for Growth Action will continue to strongly support his candidacy for the United States Senate.”
Script for “Had Enough?” (TV :30)
WASHINGTON’S A MESS.
GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE.
CAREER POLITICIANS BANKRUPTING OUR COUNTRY.
CHRIS MCDANIEL IS A CONSTITUTIONAL CONSERVATIVE WITH BACKBONE.
IN THE LEGISLATURE, HE STOOD UP TO THE BIG SPENDERS IN BOTH PARTIES.
IN COURT, HE REPRESENTED MISSISSIPPI AGAINST OBAMACARE.
CHRIS MCDANIEL: THE NEW, STRONG, CONSERVATIVE LEADER MISSISSIPPI NEEDS IN THE U.S. SENATE.
CLUB FOR GROWTH ACTION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTENT OF THIS ADVERTISING.
Club for Growth PAC Endorses Chris McDaniel For U.S. SenateLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1244
Washington, DC – The Club for Growth PAC today announced that it is endorsing State Senator Chris McDaniel for United States Senate in Mississippi. The seat is currently held by incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, who has not announced his intention to run for re-election:
“Senator Chris McDaniel represents the next generation of conservative leadership that Mississippi Republicans are waiting for,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “In the State Senate, Chris McDaniel led Mississippi’s fight against ObamaCare, opposed harmful tax increases, and stood strong against the big spenders in Jackson. It’s no wonder his colleagues named him the leader of Mississippi’s conservatives in the Mississippi State Senate and we have no doubt he’ll be a leader in the fight for economic freedom in the United States Senate.”
“Mississippi needs a strong fiscal conservative in the Senate who will fight President Obama and his agenda of higher taxes and bigger government. Senator Chris McDaniel is ready to take the fight straight to the liberals in Washington who have led us to $17 trillion in debt. Club members look forward to strongly supporting his candidacy in the primary and general elections next year,” added Chocola.
Club for Growth PAC Slams Pryor On ObamaCare ExemptionLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1242
Washington, DC – The Club for Growth PAC today issued the following statement on Mark Pryor’s claim that he does not get a special deal under ObamaCare. From the Wall Street Journal:
Thanks to an amendment from Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley that Democrats enacted in 2010, the Affordable Care Act says that "the only health plans that the Federal Government may make available" to Congress are the ones offered on the ObamaCare insurance exchanges. But Members and many aides have been flipping out because they won't qualify for ObamaCare subsidies and they'll lose employer contributions they now receive under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, or FEHBP, which picks up about three-quarters of the average premium.
At President Obama's personal request, the Office of Personnel Management decreed that the Members don't have to get off the gravy train after all. The eat-your-own-cooking provision begins with the phrase "Notwithstanding any other provision of law." The feds now interpret that clause as a loophole to mean that the Affordable Care Act did not change the 1959 law that created the FEHBP.
Since Members and staff still technically meet the definition of federal employees qualified for the FEHBP, the Administration says they're still entitled to enroll in the FEHBP concurrently with the exchanges. The feds then "clarify"—their euphemism—that the regulatory meaning of health benefits in the FEHBP can be ObamaCare plans. Voila, taxpayers will continue to chip in $4,900 for individual and $10,000 for family coverage. (Wall Street Journal, 8/7/13)
“Mark Pryor doesn’t believe that he’s getting special treatment under ObamaCare, but regular Arkansans who have lost their employer-provided health insurance because of ObamaCare and are forced into ObamaCare don’t have the government picking up 75% of their tab.” said Club for Growth Spokesman Barney Keller. “Mark Pryor is simply not telling the truth about his special deal under ObamaCare that he voted to keep just last week. For Mark Pryor, it’s ObamaCare for others, but not for himself.”
“Mark Pryor’s falsehoods about Tom Cotton are the sign of a flailing and increasingly desperate campaign. Mark Pryor can’t explain to voters why sending a supporter of President Obama back to Washington is good for Arkansas, so instead he’s attempting to deny basic facts about his record.” added Keller
New TV Ads In Arkansas Slam Mark Pryor For Special Deal On ObamaCareLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1241
Washington, DC - Today, Club for Growth Action announced a new, six-figure TV ad campaign in Arkansas that slams Senator Mark Pryor for voting against defunding ObamaCare and repeal of the medical device tax. The ad also criticizes Pryor for voting to keep special subsidies for himself that regular Arkansans who are forced into ObamaCare won’t receive.
“Arkansans know Mark Pryor supports Obama and ObamaCare, and now they know he wants Arkansans to suffer under ObamaCare while he receives a special deal reserved only for Washington politicians,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Mark Pryor won’t support any delay of ObamaCare, and he even wants to keep the tax on Medical devices that will drive up the cost of things like pacemakers and ultrasound equipment. Mark Pryor’s support for ObamaCare is catching up with him, and his decision to treat himself differently from the average Arkansan will hurt him at the ballot box next November.”
Script for “Extreme” (TV :30)
WE KNOW MARK PRYOR SUPPORTS OBAMACARE.
BUT LATELY HE’S GOTTEN EVEN MORE EXTREME.
PRYOR VOTED AGAINST ANY DELAYS IN OBAMACARE.
HE VOTED FOR TAXES ON PACEMAKERS AND ULTRASOUND EQUIPMENT TO PAY FOR OBAMACARE.
BUT WHEN HE HAD THE CHANCE TO STOP THE SPECIAL DEAL FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, HE VOTED NO.
WITH MARK PRYOR, IT’S OBAMACARE FOR EVERYONE ELSE, BUT NOT FOR HIM.
CLUB FOR GROWTH ACTION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTENT OF THIS ADVERTISING.
Club for Growth Supports House GOP Effort To Fund Government, But Not ObamaCareLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1240
Washington, DC – The Club for Growth issued the following statement on news that House Republicans will start passing appropriations bills to fund Veterans Affairs, the National Parks, and the District of Columbia:
“Obama and the Democrats have a decision to make: they can provide funding for veterans and reopen our national parks, or they can continue their temper tantrum and refuse to negotiate with Republicans,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “The Club for Growth has supported delay of the individual mandate – which received the support of 22 House Democrats and Democrat Senator Joe Manchin. Instead of playing games and insisting on a shutdown over funding for his horrendous health care law, President Obama should pass the Republican bills to keep the government open and put ObamaCare on a path to destruction.”
Club for Growth: Ted Cruz Stands Up For Americans In Fight Against ObamaCareLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1239
Washington, DC – The Club for Growth issued the following statement on Senator Ted Cruz’s remarks on the Senate floor today:
“Americans owe Senator Ted Cruz a debt of gratitude for standing on principle in the fight to stop ObamaCare,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “The Washington elite is in complete denial, but here are the facts: ObamaCare is a disaster, it is one of the biggest assaults on individual liberty in history, it is stifling economic growth, and it will not work. Republicans don’t want it. Democrats don’t want it. Labor Unions don’t want it. Independents don’t want it. Only Washington politicians want to subject the people to ObamaCare, all while begging for exemptions for themselves and their staffs.”
Mike Simpson Receives C+ on the 2012 National Taxpayers Union ScorecardLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1238
Washington, DC – The Club for Growth PAC today noted that Congressman Mike Simpson recently received a C+ on the National Taxpayers Union Scorecard for 2012. Congressman Simpson has never received a score higher than a “B” from the National Taxpayers Union. In contrast, Idaho’s 1st Congressional District Representative Raul Labrador has always received an “A” rating.
In addition to his poor ratings from the National Taxpayers Union, Simpson has been called “hostile” to taxpayers by Citizens Against Government Waste, and has received scores as low as 47% from the conservative Heritage Action for America and 30% from the tea party group FreedomWorks.
“We’ve always known that Mike Simpson is no friend to Idaho taxpayers, and his C+ from the National Taxpayers Union is just another data point.” said Club for Growth Spokesman Barney Keller. “Mike Simpson voted to bail out Wall Street, he voted for billions in new taxes, and he doesn’t support efforts by fiscal conservatives like Ted Cruz to defund Obamacare. Mike Simpson has repeatedly worked with the Democrats to grow government and increase spending, all while voting to raise his own pay nine times. Idaho voters should replace Mike Simpson with true fiscal conservative Bryan Smith in the Republican primary next May.”
Club for Growth Endorses Graves Bill To Defund ObamacareLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1237
Washington, DC – The Club for Growth issued the following statement on the Stability, Security and Fairness Resolution (H.J.Res. 62) that defunds Obamacare while funding the rest of the government at sequestration levels:
“The Club for Growth strongly supports the legislation offered by Congressman Tom Graves to save America from Obamacare,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Obamacare has already done immeasurable damage to economic growth, and even labor unions like the AFL-CIO think that it should be repealed. Republicans, Democrats, and independents are united in opposition to this horrible piece of legislation and momentum is building to stop it.”
Club for Growth Statement On Reported Cantor CR ProposalLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1235
Washington, DC – The Club for Growth issued the following statement on newsreports that the House Republican leadership is preparing to offer a Continuing Resolution through a legislative procedure that will allow House Republicans to vote for a bill that will wind up funding Obamacare, without having their “fingerprints” on it:
From Politico: Most simply the procedure calls for sending the Senate a stopgap spending bill together with a resolution that would alter the text of the bill once it’s enrolled for presentation to President Barack Obama.In this case, the so-called “enrollment correction” would bar funding to carry out Public Law 111-148, Obama’s signature health care reforms. But the Democratic-controlled Senate retains the right to choose: accepting the spending resolution with or without the “correction.”
From National Review: Under the Cantor plan, the House would vote on two measures, the CR and a resolution that amends the CR to defund Obamacare. Both measures would be brought under a rule that allows the Senate to send only the clean CR to the president, but only after they first vote on whether to defund Obamacare. If the Senate voted against defunding Obamacare, they could then pass the clean CR.
“Are these news reports from The Onion? Or are they real?” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “When members were at home over recess, did they hear their constituents ask for legislative tricks or principled leadership? Trying to fool Republicans into voting to fund Obamacare is even worse than offering a bill that deliberately funds it. I hope this proposal is nothing more than a bad joke and is quickly discarded. Republicans should simply do what they say they are for by passing a Continuing Resolution that doesn’t fund Obamacare.”
Mike Simpson Endorsed By California Democrat, Lobbyist, Al Gore and Hillary Clinton Supporter Cal DooleyLink to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1233
Washington, DC – The Club for Growth PAC today issued the following statement in response to news that an organization headed by former California Democrat Representative Cal Dooley is supporting Rep. Mike Simpson’s re-election campaign:
“Why should anyone be surprised that a California Democrat, Lobbyist, and Hillary Clinton supporter is backing Mike Simpson for Congress?” asked Club for Growth Spokesman Barney Keller. “Mike Simpson is a liberal who has abandoned his promise never to vote for a tax increase, voted to bail out Wall Street and even for keeping the spending in the failed Obama stimulus. Mike Simpson can have the support of all the California liberals he wants – Idaho’s fiscal conservatives are backing Bryan Smith for Congress.”
Democrat Lobbyist Cal Dooley and Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson – Two Peas in a Pod
An organization run by former Congressman Cal Dooley (D-CA) is running ads in Idaho supporting incumbent Congressman Mike Simpson: And Boehner’s support for Simpson means the incumbent will benefit in other ways. This week, the American Chemistry Council, a Washington, D.C.-based group headed up by former California Democratic Rep. Cal Dooley, another longtime Boehner friend, began running a TV advertisement heaping praise on the Idaho congressman. (Politico, 8/11/13)
Former California Cal Dooley is a registered lobbyist. (Source: House Clerk, accessed 8/12/13)
ü Simpson has received $222,718 from registered lobbyists. (Source: OpenSecrets.org, accessed 6/25/13)
Dooley gave $1,000 to Al Gore. (Source: FEC records)
Dooley gave $2,300 to Hillary Clinton. (Source: FEC records)
Dooley gave $1,000 to Mike Simpson. (Source: FEC records)
Dooley voted for tax hikes and against tax cuts while in Congress
Dooley voted against the Bush tax cuts (RCV #225, 2003; RCV #118, 2001)
Dooley voted for the Clinton tax hike (RCV #406, 1993)
Dooley voted against a constitutional amendment requiring a 2/3rds majority to raise taxes (RCV #78, 1997)
Simpson is a “moderate”, who “rapidly switched from opposing tax cuts to embracing them” and abandoned his pledge not to raise taxes
Idaho Statesman in 2004: “Simpson’s leftward shift infuriates conservatives:” Simpson represents what has been one of America's most conservative congressional districts. A lapsed Mormon who opposed the landmark 1990 anti-abortion bill and the 1994 anti-gay initiative and tax credits for private schools, he's never been a right-wing hero. Now, he's broadening his appeal and winning the loyalty of moderates who worship quality of life in Ada County, the fast-growing part of his district… "He's going to be a rock star," said Johnson, the Conservation League director. Simpson's leftward shift infuriates conservatives. Former Sen. Stan Hawkins, who chickened out on challenging Simpson in 1998, says he's being urged to run in 2006. But Hawkins is blind to a changing Idaho. (The Idaho Statesman, 10/15/2004)
Simpson is “considered a moderate”: Considered a moderate in the Republican Party compared to other eastern Idaho elected officials, Simpson sounded only conservative themes to appeal to the more conservative voters who turn out in strength in Republican primaries. (Idaho Falls Post Register, 3/26/98)
When he ran for Congress in 1998, Simpson “rapidly switched from opposing tax cuts to embracing them.”: The other night in Twin Falls, 2nd District House candidate Mike Simpson no doubt did his best to explain why he, like the congressman he hopes to replace, Mike Crapo, had rapidly switched from opposing tax cuts to embracing them. But he, like Crapo, is stuck pushing a shoddy product just the same. (Lewiston Morning Tribune, 10/5/98)
Simpson on the Taxpayer Protection Pledge: “I didn’t know I was signing a marriage agreement that would last forever.”: Meanwhile, 40 GOP House members signed on to Ribble's letter this month, organized with Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., signaling that everything, including revenue increases, should be on the table in an effort to "go big." A National Journal analysis found that the 100 members who signed the letter were quite representative of the House as a whole, which suggests that, if the super committee can come to an agreement, Congress may well do something big…Similarly, when asked on Fox News whether the letter would upset Norquist, Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, said of the pledge: "I didn't know I was signing a marriage agreement that would last forever, and I think that the majority of members of Congress understand that you have to have additional revenue." (National Journal, 11/10/11)
Simpson was one of just 16 Republicans to vote for the 2012 “Cooper-Latourette” budget that raised taxes and repealed the sequester. (RCV #141, 2012)
Americans for Tax Reform said that the budget that Simpson voted for “raises taxes by $1.2 trillion.”: By their own numbers, this budget raises taxes by $1.2 trillion. They do this by calling for a net income tax hike disguised as tax reform. In exchange for sharply curtailing income tax deductions and credits, their budget calls for the top tax rate to be lowered to between 23 and 29 percent. While this may sound like tax reform, it isn't. Even after this is accomplished, federal tax coffers are still swollen by at least an additional $1.2 trillion over the decade relative to a current policy baseline. This is a net tax hike disguised as fundamental tax reform, which is supposed to be a revenue-neutral exercise in cleaning up the tax code. (Americans For Tax Reform, 3/28/12)
Americans for Tax Reform said the tax increase “may be even bigger than $2 trillion”: The tax hike may be even bigger than $2 trillion. Back when the Simpson-Bowles report came out, Congressman Ryan said the actual tax increase was not $1 trillion, as the report claimed, but over $2 trillion. The Heritage Foundation said that the tax hike was closer to $3.3 trillion. Since this budget is based off of Simpson-Bowles, it's fair to question whether the authors have been honest with Members about the size of their net tax increase. (Americans For Tax Reform, 3/28/12)
Simpson was one of just 85 Republicans who voted for the fiscal cliff tax increase. (Roll Call Vote #659, 2012)
Idaho Statesman: “Simpson supported” the bill that “raised taxes on individuals making more than $400,000”: Last year, Labrador attended at least two Lincoln Day events in the 2nd District, which is represented by eight-term Republican Mike Simpson. The two have sharply differed on budget issues, with Labrador voting against continuing the Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class because the bill raised taxes on individuals making more than $400,000. Simpson supported the bill. (The Idaho Statesman, 2/28/2013)
Simpson “I said before the election if Obama was re-elected, tax rates are going to up”: Simpson was hopeful but skeptical that Congress could resolve the issue during its lame-duck session. He handily won re-election in one of the most conservative districts in the nation -- Idaho's 2nd -- even though he said that increasing revenues had to be on the table. "I said before the election if Obama was re-elected, tax rates are going to up," he said. Now that the tax vote is out of the way, there is more interest in a grand deal, Simpson said. "I noticed more people are saying we should have just done Simpson-Bowles," he said. (The Idaho Statesman, 1/6/2013)