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08/12/2013

Mike Simpson Endorsed By California Democrat, Lobbyist, Al Gore and Hillary Clinton Supporter Cal Dooley

Link to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1233
 Club for Growth Spokesman Barney Keller “Why should anyone be surprised that a California Democrat, Lobbyist, and Hillary Clinton supporter is backing Mike Simpson for Congress?” 

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)
          VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws4Hw1_ITxw

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)

Simpson receives low rankings from conservative organizations

ü Citizens Against Government Waste has called Simpson “Hostile” to the Taxpayer (Source)
ü The National Taxpayers Union has given Simpson a “C” rating (Source)
ü Heritage Action for America gave Simpson a 47% (Source)
ü FreedomWorks has given Simpson scores as low as 30%: (Source) 


Simpson Has Repeatedly Voted with A Minority Of His Own Party To Grow Government

ü
Simpson was one of just 3 Republicans who voted against blocking funding for ACORN (RCV #397, 2011)
ü Simpson was one of just 9 Republicans who voted against DC School Choice (RCV #204, 2011)
ü Simpson was one of just 12 Republicans to join with Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats to oppose an amendment offered by Paul Ryan that would have capped spending as a percentage of GDP (RCV #610, 2009)
ü Simpson was one of just 16 Republicans to vote for a budget alternative to the Ryan Budget that would have raised taxes by over a trillion dollars. (RCV #145, 2012)
ü Simpson was one of just 42 Republicans who voted against stripping the spending out of the Obama stimulus (RCV #42, 2009)
ü Simpson was one of just 41 Republicans who voted against cutting $1.2 million from the Botanic Gardens (RCV #371, 2012), and was one of 88 Republicans who voted against cutting $3.2 million from the Botanical Gardens. (RCV #624, 2011)
ü Simpson was one of just 52 Republicans to vote against early grade school vouchers. (RCV #521, 1999)
ü Simpson was one of just 60 Republicans to vote against tougher regulations on mortgage lenders. (RCV #242, 2009)
ü Simpson was one of just 65 Republicans who voted for the first version of TARP. (RCV #674, 2008)
ü Simpson was one of just 66 Republicans to vote against school vouchers. (RCV #524, 1999)
ü Simpson was one of just 55 Republicans to vote to raise the debt limit by trillions. (RCV #690, 2011)
ü Simpson was one of just 77 Republicans to vote for Cash for Clunkers. (RCV #682, 2009)
ü Simpson was one of just 85 Republicans who voted for the “fiscal cliff” tax increase that resulted in higher taxes for 80% of Americans. (RCV #659, 2012)
ü Simpson was one of just 89 Republicans who voted to fund the “Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service.” (RCV #678, 2007)
ü Simpson was just one of 100 Republicans who voted to against cutting spending on NPR by 1%. (RCV #263, 2000)



08/07/2013

Club for Growth Opposes Yoho Resolution On Sugar Subsidies

Link to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1231
 Club for Growth President Chris Chocola: “Yoho’s bill is clearly part of a public relations scheme dreamed up by lobbyists from Big Sugar in an attempt to dupe members of Congress and other conservative groups.” 

Washington, DC - The Club for Growth issued the following statement today criticizing H.Con.Res. 39, a resolution expressing the sense of Congress from Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) that calls for the elimination of sugar subsidies only if other countries agree to eliminate their own sugar subsidies: 

“Congressman Yoho’s legislation is misguided – why should Americans continue to pay higher prices for food if other countries want to sell us cheap sugar?” asked Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “The argument made by supporters of Yoho’s bill is the same as saying we won’t stop banging our head against the wall until everyone else stops banging their heads against the wall. That sort of protectionist reasoning is not in line with free market principles. Free trade benefits all Americans in the form of lower prices, greater variety, and better quality goods, and we should eliminate barriers to trade any chance we get – regardless of what other countries do.” 

“Yoho’s bill is clearly part of a public relations scheme dreamed up by lobbyists from Big Sugar in an attempt to dupe members of Congress and other conservative groups. The Club for Growth will not be fooled by this tactic and strongly supports eliminating our ridiculous sugar subsidies once and for all,” added Chocola.


08/07/2013

New Club for Growth Action TV Ads Keep The Pressure On Mark Pryor

Link to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1230
 Club for Growth President Chris Chocola: “Why does Mark Pryor continue to defend ObamaCare, wasteful spending, and his support for the Obama agenda when he knows all of those things are bad for Arkansas?” 

Washington, DC - Today, Club for Growth Action announced a six-figure TV ad buy saying that liberal Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor “has a lot to answer for.” The ad will start running throughout Arkansas on broadcast and cable stations tomorrow. 

Club for Growth Action’s new thirty second spot pushes Arkansans to ask Senator Pryor why he voted for ObamaCare, the bridge to nowhere in Alaska, and why he thinks supporting President Obama 95% of the time is good for Arkansas. 

To watch Club for Growth Action’s new TV ad, “One question,” click here or go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whGaYsMQQaA 

“Why does Mark Pryor continue to defend ObamaCare, wasteful spending, and his support for the Obama agenda when he knows all of those things are bad for Arkansas?” asked Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Mark Pryor stands with Obama on every important issue, and it’s time that he’s held accountable for his actions. Arkansas voters should replace liberal Democrat and Obama ally Mark Pryor with fiscally conservative taxpayer hero Tom Cotton – he’ll stand up to Obama and the job-killing Obama agenda.” 

Script for “One Question” (TV :30) 

IF YOU COULD ASK MARK PRYOR ONE QUESTION, WHAT WOULD IT BE? 

WOULD YOU ASK WHY HE CONTINUES TO SUPPORT OBAMACARE? 

OR WHY HE VOTES FOR TRILLIONS IN DEBT, INCLUDING WASTING OUR MONEY ON ALASKA’S BRIDGE TO NOWHERE? 

OR HOW SUPPORTING BARACK OBAMA’S AGENDA NINETY-FIVE PERCENT OF THE TIME IS GOOD FOR ARKANSAS? 

LIBERAL MARK PRYOR: HE’S GOT A LOT TO ANSWER FOR. 

CLUB FOR GROWTH ACTION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTENT OF THIS ADVERTISING.

 


08/07/2013

Club for Growth PAC Endorses Tom Cotton For U.S. Senate

Link to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1229
 Club for Growth President Chris Chocola: “Club members strongly support replacing left-wing Democrat and Obama supporter Mark Pryor with fiscally conservative Republican Tom Cotton, and we suspect Arkansans do as well.” 

Washington, DC – The Club for Growth PAC today endorsed Congressman Tom Cotton for U.S. Senate in Arkansas. The seat is currently held by incumbent Democrat Senator Mark Pryor: 

“Tom Cotton is a taxpayer hero and a fighter against the Obama agenda,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Incumbent Senator Mark Pryor voted for ObamaCare, for the failed Obama stimulus, and with Obama to bail out the Wall Street banks. There’s no question that Mark Pryor is Obama’s greatest ally in Arkansas. Club members strongly support replacing left-wing Democrat and Obama supporter Mark Pryor with fiscally conservative Republican Tom Cotton, and we suspect Arkansans do as well.”


07/26/2013

Club for Growth PAC Calls On Simpson To Vote No On Funding For ObamaCare

Link to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1227
 Club for Growth Spokesman Barney Keller: “Will Mike Simpson vote to fund ObamaCare, or will he stand with Idaho taxpayers and his fellow Republicans in opposing ObamaCare?” 

Washington, DC – The Club for Growth PAC today called on Representative Mike Simpson to vote no on funding ObamaCare through the appropriations process or the continuing resolution. Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) has signed a letter promising not to vote for any continuing resolution that funds ObamaCare, and Idaho’s 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador also opposes funding ObamaCare. 

Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) is circulating a letter urging Republican leadership to defund ObamaCare through the appropriations process. As of today, Congressman Raul Labrador has signed the letter, but Simpson has not. 

“Will Mike Simpson vote to fund ObamaCare, or will he stand with Idaho taxpayers and his fellow Republicans in opposing ObamaCare?” asked Club for Growth Spokesman Barney Keller. “Either Mike Simpson supports ObamaCare or he doesn’t, and if he votes to fund it, Idaho voters can only assume he supports it.”


07/24/2013

Club for Growth Supports Hensarling GSE Reform Bill

Link to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1226
 Club for Growth President Chris Chocola: “The federal government shouldn’t play a distortionary role in the private housing market, and Congressman Hensarling deserves the thanks of the American people for fighting to end Fannie and Freddie once and for all.” 

Washington, DC – The Club for Growth issued the following statement on House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling’s bill to wind down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The bill, H.R. 2767, passed in committee today by a vote of 30-27: 

“Congressman Jeb Hensarling is a long-time fighter for pro-growth policies, and his bill to eliminate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would do wonders for the long-term strength of our economy,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “The federal government shouldn’t play a distortionary role in the private housing market, and Congressman Hensarling deserves the thanks of the American people for fighting to end Fannie and Freddie once and for all. The Club for Growth supports his legislation and Congress should vote in favor of eliminating this enormous liability that threatens taxpayers each and every day it exists.” 


07/24/2013

Statement on Kentucky’s Senate Race

Link to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1225
 Club for Growth President Chris Chocola: “The Club for Growth PAC met with Matt Bevin many months ago, and we’d like to hear more about his candidacy and the differences between him and Senator McConnell on the issues.” 

Washington, DC – The Club for Growth PAC issued the following statement on Kentucky’s Senate race: 

“The Club for Growth PAC met with Matt Bevin many months ago, and we’d like to hear more about his candidacy and the differences between him and Senator McConnell on the issues,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “The Club’s PAC will watch Kentucky’s Senate race – as it would with any race – over the coming months to determine if our involvement is warranted.”


07/24/2013

Club for Growth Asks McConnell To Sign Letter Promising Not To Fund ObamaCare

Link to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1224
 Club for Growth President Chris Chocola: “If Senator McConnell is committed to defunding ObamaCare, then he should sign the Lee letter and promise not to support a continuing resolution or any budget that funds ObamaCare.” 

Washington, DC – The Club for Growth issued the following statement calling on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to sign a letter circulated by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) promising not to fund ObamaCare through any budget or the continuing resolution in September: 

“If Senator McConnell is committed to defunding ObamaCare, then he should sign the Lee letter and promise not to support a continuing resolution or any budget that funds ObamaCare,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “We are disappointed by rumors that Senate Republican leadership is pressuring Senators not to sign Lee’s letter or to remove their names – they should instead encourage others to sign on.” 

“The 15 Senators who have signed Senator Lee’s letter are fighting to protect millions of Americans from the travesty that is ObamaCare. Senate Republicans should unite behind their efforts,” added Chocola.


07/18/2013

Mike Simpson’s Atrocious Record On School Choice

Link to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1223
Club for Growth Spokesman Barney Keller: “Mike Simpson’s record of opposing school choice is exactly why he was endorsed six times in a row by the Idaho Teachers Union.” 

Washington, DC – As House Republicans debate an education reform bill today, the Club for Growth PAC pointed out that Idaho Republican Congressman Mike Simpson has one of the worst records on school choice of any Republican serving today: 

“If House conservatives want to push for education reform, the last person they should rely on is Idaho’s Mike Simpson,” said Club for Growth Spokesman Barney Keller. “Mike Simpson opposes school vouchers and has called using standardized testing as a major factor to measure teacher performance ‘unfair’. He was also one of just nine Republicans to vote against reauthorizing the school voucher system in Washington, D.C. Mike Simpson’s record of opposing school choice is exactly why he was endorsed six times in a row by the Idaho Teachers Union.” 

“Idaho Republicans have a choice: they can return Teachers Union ally and R.I.N.O. Mike Simpson to Congress, or they can replace him with real conservative Bryan Smith,” added Keller. 

Mike Simpson: Opposed To School Vouchers and Endorsed by the Idaho Teachers Union Six Elections In A Row 

The Idaho Teachers Union has endorsed Simpson every election cycle since 2000, citing his opposition to school vouchers: The Idaho Education Association’s political action committee has endorsed U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson over Democratic challenger Nicole LeFavour….In a Facebook message to its members, IEA cited Simpson’s education strengths, including working with NEA staff to reverse parts of No Child Left Behind, voting against private school vouchers and supporting the extension of State Children’s Health Insurance Program. This is the sixth election cycle in a row PACE recommended NEA endorse Simpson. (The Times-News, 7/8/12) 

Idaho Teacher’s Union: We endorsed Simpson because he voted against vouchers and called it “unfair” to predominantly base teacher performance on standardized test scores: How did PACE decide to recommend Representative Mike Simpson for Congressional District 2 in 2012? This is the sixth consecutive time IEA’s PACE committee, by an overwhelming majority, made the recommendation to the NEA to endorse Congressman Mike Simpson. PACE believes that Nicole LeFavour is a true friend of education and has worked tirelessly for teachers and students during her time in the Idaho legislature. Everyone at PACE and the IEA is deeply grateful for her many years of advocacy. The recommendation to support Simpson was based on a number of factors, including his past support on education issues, a long-time positive working relationship with him in Congress, his and his staffs availability and willingness to meet and work with the IEA and the NEA, his leadership positions on key committees and his high probability of reelection. Representative Simpson:

·         Worked behind the scenes with NEA staff to reverse the one-size-fits-all nature of No Child Left Behind.

·         Voted against private school vouchers.

·         Supported the extension of SCHIP (State Children’s Health Insurance Program).

·         Supported the elimination of the Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination provision, which would improve retirement income for teachers.

·         Believes “teachers must have a prominent seat at the negotation table anytime significant reforms are being considered at any level of government.”

·         Stated “…it is unfair to base teacher performance solely, or predominantly, on student standardized test scores alone.”

(Source: Idaho Education Association Facebook Page, Accessed 7/18/13) 

Simpson voted against an amendment to include school vouchers in No Child Left Behind: But with Bush himself intervening at critical times, the House rejected major changes to the bill, and every member from Oregon and Washington ended up voting yes. A GOP amendment to add a voucher program failed, 155-273, with a surprising number of Republicans voting against it, including two from the Northwest -- Simpson and Greg Walden of Oregon. (Lewiston Morning Tribune, 6/3/2001) 

Simpson voted against vouchers for early grade school (RCV #521, 1999) 

Simpson voted against establishing a pilot program for school vouchers in 10 states (RCV #524, 1999) 

Simpson opposed funding for school vouchers: “The president’s budget process proposes a modest increase in NCLB of $949 million or 4.1% compared to the levels provided in the CR however almost one-third of that would for private school vouchers. At a time when the budget proposes to eliminate important programs for public schools such as education technology state grants and proposes to cut by 50% funds for career and technical education, why should we provide $300 million for private schools which by the way would not be subject to the same accountability as public schools are?” (Testimony of Margaret Spellings, Secretary of Education, before the House Appropriations Committee, 3/12/07) VIDEO LINK: http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Year2008Ed (at 51:15) 

Simpson was one of nine Republicans to vote against reauthorizing a school-choice voucher system for Washington, D.C.: Over fierce Democratic opposition, the House on Wednesday approved a bill to re-establish a school-choice voucher system for Washington, D.C., residents. The vote came a day after the White House said it opposed the program but stopped short of threatening to veto the legislation. The bill, H.R. 471, was approved on a 225-195 vote. Only one Democrat, Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.), voted for the bill, and nine Republicans voted against it: Reps. Judy Biggert (Ill.), Robert Dold (Ill.), Sam Graves (Mo.), Morgan Griffith (Va.), Timothy Johnson (Ill.), Frank LoBiondo (N.J.), Ron Paul (Texas), Dave Reichert (Wash.) and Mike Simpson (Idaho). Restoring the D.C. voucher system was a top priority for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who sponsored the bill. (The Hill, 3/31/11) (RCV #204, 2011)


07/16/2013

Club for Growth PAC Blasts Simpson Record

Link to Article: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/perm/pr/?postID=1222
Club for Growth Spokesman Barney Keller: “Mike Simpson can run, but he can’t hide from a record that was called ‘hostile’ to the taxpayers by Citizens against Government Waste and is out of step with Idaho Republicans.” 

Washington, DC – The Club for Growth PAC today issued the following statement on Congressman Mike Simpson in response to an attack from his liberal allies: 

“It’s a joke for Mike Simpson and his allies to cry foul on outside groups supporting his conservative challenger – 64% of Mike Simpson’s campaign contributions have come from Washington PACs, not the people of Idaho,” said Club for Growth Spokesman Barney Keller. “Mike Simpson is the same Congressman who rakes in millions from special interests that he regulates, all while voting to raise his own pay nine times and spending thousands on lavish events at Washington D.C. social clubs.” 

“Mike Simpson’s voting record is what is at issue, and he has repeatedly joined with a small minority of his own party and Democrats to grow government. Mike Simpson voted to bail out Wall Street. He voted to keep the spending in the Obama Stimulus, and he was even one of three Republicans who voted against blocking funding for ACORN. Mike Simpson can run, but he can’t hide from a record that was called ‘hostile’ to the taxpayers by Citizens against Government Waste and is out of step with Idaho Republicans,” added Keller 

Simpson Voted To Bail Out Wall Street 

Simpson: “I voted for the 700 billion dollar bailout. Everybody got that? My name is Mike Simpson and I voted for the 700 billion dollar bailout.” VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BR87zI1pVqs

 

Simpson Has Repeatedly Voted with A Minority Of His Own Party To Grow Government 

ü  Simpson was one of just 3 Republicans who voted against blocking funding for ACORN (RCV #397, 2011)

ü  Simpson was one of just 9 Republicans who voted against DC School Choice (RCV #204, 2011)

ü  Simpson was one of just 12 Republicans to join with Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats to oppose an amendment offered by Paul Ryan that would have capped spending as a percentage of GDP (RCV #610, 2009)

ü  Simpson was one of just 16 Republicans to vote for a budget alternative to the Ryan Budget that would have raised taxes by over a trillion dollars. (RCV #145, 2012)

ü  Simpson was one of just 41 Republicans who voted against cutting $1.2 million from the Botanic Gardens (RCV #371, 2012), and was one of 88 Republicans who voted against cutting $3.2 million from the Botanical Gardens. (RCV #624, 2011)

ü  Simpson was one of just 42 Republicans who voted against stripping the spending out of the Obama stimulus (RCV #42, 2009)

ü  Simpson was one of just 52 Republicans to vote against early grade school vouchers. (RCV #521, 1999)

ü  Simpson was one of just 60 Republicans to vote against tougher regulations on mortgage lenders. (RCV #242, 2009)

ü  Simpson was one of just 65 Republicans who voted for the first version of TARP. (RCV #674, 2008)

ü  Simpson was one of just 66 Republicans to vote against school vouchers. (RCV #524, 1999)

ü  Simpson was one of just 55 Republicans to vote to raise the debt limit by trillions. (RCV #690, 2011)

ü  Simpson was one of just 77 Republicans to vote for Cash for Clunkers. (RCV #682, 2009)

ü  Simpson was one of just 85 Republicans who voted for the “fiscal cliff” tax increase that resulted in higher taxes for 80% of Americans. (RCV #659, 2012)

ü  Simpson was one of just 89 Republicans who voted to fund the “Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service.” (RCV #678, 2007)

ü  Simpson was just one of 100 Republicans who voted to against cutting spending on NPR by 1%. (RCV #263, 2000)
 

Mike Simpson Has Received Millions Of Dollars From Washington Special Interests 

Ø  From 1998-Present, Mike Simpson has raised $3,649,112 from Political Action Committees (PAC). (Source: OpenSecrets.org, accessed 6/25/13)

Ø  NOTE: 64% of all of Mike Simpson’s contributions have come from PACs, not from individuals. 

Ø  Simpson has raised $883,042 from Agribusiness. (Source: OpenSecrets.org, accessed 6/25/13)

Ø  NOTE: Simpson voted for the House Farm bill. Idaho’s 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador voted against the Farm Bill: (Roll Call Vote # 286, 2013) 

Ø  Simpson has raised $709,396 from the Energy and National Resources industry. (Source: OpenSecrets.org, accessed 6/25/13)

Ø  NOTE: Simpson touts his role as Chairman of the House Interior and Environment subcommittee on appropriations, as well as his work as a member of the House Energy and Water Development appropriations subcommittee.  (Simpson.House.Gov, accessed 6/25/13) 

Ø  Simpson has received $271,041 from donors in the Washington, DC area. (Source: OpenSecrets.org, accessed 6/25/13) 

Ø  Simpson has received $222,718 from registered lobbyists. (Source: OpenSecrets.org, accessed 6/25/13) 

Ø  Simpson has spent over $50,000 on fundraisers and events at Washington, DC’s Capitol Hill Club (Source: FEC Data)

Ø  NOTE: The Idaho Statesman noted Simpson’s fundraising at the Capitol Hill Club, “a refined and elegant environment for your business, political and social activities.”: He's continued to bring in money since then with campaign events such as a Jan. 31 lunch at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington, which describes itself as "a refined and elegant environment for your business, political and social activities." The event invitation listed individual donations at $500 and political action committee donations at $1,000. (Idaho Statesman, 2/14/12) 

Ø  Simpson has spent over $10,000 on fundraisers and events at Washington, DC’s Johnny’s Half Shell (Source: FEC Data) 

Idaho Statesman: Simpson’s position as an Appropriations subcommittee chairman “has done wonders for his campaign bank account”: Congressman Mike Simpson is looking very, very good in red.In January, the Idaho Falls Republican donned the robes of a "cardinal" -- Capitol Hill shorthand for the 12 House Appropriations subcommittee chairmen. The crimson outfit has done wonders for his campaign bank account. (Idaho Statesman, 10/26/11)

Simpson: “I always do what’s necessary to win”: Simpson prefers small breakfasts at venues like the Capitol Hill Club in Washington. "Where there were six or eight people, now maybe 10 or 12 come," he said. But he's doing more than just watching the money roll in with the bacon and eggs. Though he still refuses to dial for dollars himself, he's directed Campaign Manager Zach Hauge to focus on fundraising. Hague said between 15 and 20 events have been held this year, along with mail and phone efforts. Already in October, Simpson has collected almost $100,000, Hauge said. "I always do what's necessary to win," Simpson said.  (Idaho Statesman, 10/26/11) 

Simpson’s campaign received $1,000 from notorious lobbyist Jack Abramoff: Last month, Idaho's two Republican House members made charitable donations equal to the campaign money they had received from Abramoff. Rep. Butch Otter donated $1,000 to an Idaho State University scholarship fund for Native American nursing students. Rep. Mike Simpson donated $1,000 to the Salvation Army. (Spokesman Review, 1/7/06) 

Simpson saw a Rolling Stones concert from the “skybox” of the lobbying firm Preston, Gates, Ellis & Rouvelas, Meeds, LLP.: At Monday night's Rolling Stones concert, Members and aides found that even the relaxed House gift ban has its restrictions. Two GOP Members - as well as Speaker Dennis Hastert's (R-Ill.) press secretary - watched the show from the MCI Center skybox of the lobbying firm Preston, Gates, Ellis & Rouvelas, Meeds, LLP. While Members and aides are allowed to accept creatively priced $48 club seats at the arena, GOP Reps. Mike Simpson (Idaho) and Greg Walden (Ore.) told HOH they've already personally paid $165 apiece for the skybox seats. (Roll Call, 3/11/99) 

Mike Simpson has a history of using taxpayer resources for his own benefit 

Simpson used taxpayer dollars to pay for lease on not one, but two GMC Envoys: Taxpayers paid more than $1 million last year for members of Congress to lease vehicles, including dozens of gas-guzzling SUVs and luxury cars Some members of Congress used their office budgets to lease Lexuses, Lincolns, Cadillacs, an Infiniti, and a BMW 530i, which one auto critic called "one of the world's best sport luxury sedans." A few leased two cars on the taxpayers' dime; two lawmakers leased three. … When a member leases a car, these are the costs taxpayers pick up: The monthly cost of the lease; Insurance; Excess mileage charges; Incidental operating expenses (gas, oil, general maintenance, etc.); Registration fees; Property tax during the term of the lease. (Kansas City Star, 3/12/06)

Details on Simpson and taxpayer-funded car: Double-dippers: The following members of Congress lease two cars monthly at taxpayer cost: Sam Graves, R-Mo., Rep. Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y., Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo….  -Mike Simpson, $8,421.46, R-Idaho, 2, GMC Envoys (Knight Ridder Washington Bureau, 3/12/06) 

Simpson used a “state-owned plane” to fly around Idaho on his announcement tour during his 1998 run for Congress: The Stubbs campaign tried to deflect attention from the McClure endorsement by its announcement that it was filing a complaint with the Federal Election Commission over Simpson's use of a state-owned plane to fly around the state on his announcement swing. Simpson said use of the plane was a mistake and reimbursed the state about $1,150. But the Stubbs campaign alleges that Simpson paid only about half of what a private citizen would have to pay to lease the plane. Simpson denied that, claiming his campaign was able to find charter companies that charged between $640 and $2,000 for a day's use of their planes. "That state made money on this," Simpson said. (Idaho Falls Post Register, 4/29/98) 

Simpson’s campaign “issued a press release acknowledging the mistake” and his campaign reimbursed the state for the cost of the flight: Recently hired staffers at both the Simpson campaign and the Division of Aeronautics employee crossed signals. The Simpson worker was told to call the state agency for recommendations on charter flights. In the process, she apparently booked a flight, and the state Aeronautics employee, who recognized Simpson as a ranking state legislator, didn't see a red flag when she was told to bill the flight to Simpson's congressional campaign.  After using the plane, Simpson's campaign issued a press release acknowledging the mistake. Simpson said the campaign would compensate the state for the cost of the flight. (Idaho Falls Post Register, 4/1/98) 

Simpson “went to Washington, D.C. to compromise,” is “nonideological”, and is a “key Boehner ally” 

Rep Raul Labrador on Simpson: “an old-school legislator that went to Washington, D.C. to compromise.”: Two solid conservatives find themselves in a very public feud: One represents the radical Tea Party faction that dominates the caucus, the other represents the precious few who are responsible and experienced legislators. Rep. Mike Simpson calls Rep. Raul Labrador "irresponsible" and questions his "credibility" while Labrador referred to Simpson as a "bully" and "an old-school legislator that went to Washington, D.C. to compromise." (USNews.com, 1/17/13) 

Simpson is “nonideological”: Simpson is the sort of representative America, and the sharply divided West in particular, needs: pragmatic, nonideological, and earnestly devoted to all-party negotiations on controversial issues. Esquire endorses: Simpson (Esquire Magazine, 11/1/06) 

Simpson is called a “key Boehner ally”: Still, Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, a key Boehner ally, endorsed Romney, as have a handful of Boehner's committee chairmen. (Newsmax, 12/8/11) 

Simpson is one of Speaker Boehner’s “closest friends”: During busy votes, Boehner was often here sharing a smoke with two of his closest friends, Reps. Tom Latham of Iowa and Mike Simpson of Idaho. Latham and Simpson formed the core of the smokers' club, the congressional, grownup version of the crew that used to sneak butts in the high school parking lot. This group has also formed the core of Boehner's inner circle, which includes Rep. Patrick Tiberi (R-Ohio), who could also often be seen chatting or joking with his colleagues in the alley, Rep. Jim Saxton (R-N.J.), another frequenter, and Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-Calif.). (Washington Monthly, 4/06) 

Boehner is Simpson’s “good friend”: In short, Simpson is ticked for two reasons: Labrador attacked Simpson's good friend, Speaker John Boehner, by conspiring to remove him, and is undermining an institution that he loves, for all its flaws. (The Idaho Statesman, 1/15/13) 

Simpson: “John and I have been close since I came to Congress”: Simpson also was an early supporter of House Speaker-in-waiting John Boehner. The Idahoan is one of six Republican congressman in Boehner's inner circle. "John and I have been close since I came to Congress," Simpson said. "With the position I'll have and with the Republicans taking the House, there will be a big difference in what I can do for Idaho." (Idaho Statesman, 11/4/10) 

Simpson was one of John Boehner’s “primary campaigners” in his race for majority leader, and was rewarded with a seat on the appropriations committee: Simpson is a close confidant of the new power in the House, Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio. On Wednesday afternoon, Boehner upset acting Majority Leader Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., in the race to replace scandal-sodden Rep. Tom DeLay. By the time Simpson got home Wednesday night, the two years´ labor appeared to have borne fruit: He got word he´d won a seat on an appropriations subcommittee that wrote $142 billion in health and education budgets this year. Though he´s not sure there´s a direct connection, Simpson said, "Obviously, people knew I was one of John´s primary campaigners." (Idaho Statesman, 2/7/06) 

Meanwhile, Simpson has voted to raise his own pay nine times… 

Simpson has voted to raise his own pay nine times. (RCV #300, 199; RCV #419, 200; RCV #267, 2001; RCV #322, 2002; RCV #463, 2003; RCV #451, 2004; RCV #327, 2005; RCV #261, 2006; RCV #580, 2007)

 

…and not only is Mike Simpson a tool of Washington special interests, but he also opposes term limits 

Simpson on term limits: “I’m not willing to sell out the district.” They “take away the people’s freedom - to elect whomever they want.” In the primary, all of my opponents signed the term-limits pledge that they would serve only three terms.  I looked at that and asked, "If I'm the only one signing it, and everybody else in Congress doesn't sign it, wouldn't my district be put at a competitive disadvantage?" If you have term limits, have them across the board for everybody. It was one of the things that distinguished me from my three colleagues.  We could say, "Listen, I'm not willing to sell out the district.  I look at term limits as taking away the people's freedom - to elect whomever they want." (Insight on the News, 3/15/99) 

Simpson “opposes term limits”: Idaho House Speaker Mike Simpson, who is competing with former Democratic U.S. Rep. Richard Stallings, also opposes term limits. (Lewiston Morning Tribune, 10/15/98) 

Simpson “refused to sign a pledge to limit his terms” and “won’t support term limits until they’re adopted nationwide”: After congressional candidate Mike Simpson refused to sign a pledge to limit his terms, a national term limits organization spent $180,000 in advertising backing his three GOP primary opponents. But Simpson won anyway.  Simpson said he won't support term limits until they're adopted nationwide. Otherwise states with small congressional delegations, like Idaho, would lose clout. (Idaho Falls Post Register, 10/12/98) 

Simpson called American for Limited Terms’s campaign against him “extortion”: Mr. Simpson's three opponents next Tuesday, State Representative Mark Stubbs and former State Senators Dane Watkins and Ann Rydalch, took the pledge, as did the Democratic nominee, Richard H. Stallings, a former Congressman. They are making all they can of Mr. Simpson's refusal. What is more, one term-limits group, Americans for Limited Terms, plans to spend at least $165,000 for television and radio advertisements to bring down Mr. Simpson. Calling the group's campaign ''extortion,'' Mr. Simpson says he will support term limits when Congress considers a law covering all Federal legislators. (New York Times, 5/22/98) 

Simpson called term limits “bad for Idaho”: Turning to other issues, Simpson told the Chamber he has again refused to sign a pledge to endorse term limits. Simpson said national term limits groups will spend $100,000 in a media campaign criticizing him for not backing term-limits on federal officeholders. "I will not be blackmailed into signing something that will be bad for Idaho," Simpson said. (Idaho Falls Post Register, 9/23/98) 

Simpson “went to court” to stop a ballot initiative that would have put on the ballot next to a candidate “indicating whether a candidate was sufficiently pure on term limits.”: When Simpson refused, Citizens for Federal Term Limits went into action. It's running a television spot that accuses Simpson of trying to overturn the 1994 term limit initiative. That's blatantly false. Simpson may not like term limits but he has respected the voters' decision. He has, however, tried to overturn the 1996 initiative which, in spite of its sponsors' claim, has little to do with term limits. That measure attempted to place on the ballot language indicating whether a candidate was sufficiently pure on term limits. It cluttered the ballot. Simpson went to court to stop it. (Idaho Falls Post Register, 5/10/98)

Simpson worked with the ACLU to overturn the term limits initiative: Cheers to a handful of legislators, led by House Speaker Mike Simpson, who are launching a lawsuit to overturn the 1996 term limits initiative.Simpson is among nine Idaho lawmakers _ including state Reps. Golden Linford, R-Rexburg, and Reed Hansen, R-Idaho Falls _ who will serve as plaintiffs in a constitutional challenge being mounted by the American Civil Liberties Union. (Idaho Falls Post Register, 1/10/97) 

Simpson is “convinced he was right to take a stand against term limits:” After one term in Congress, Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, is more convinced he was right two years ago to take a stand against term limits, even though it nearly cost him the Republican nomination in 1998. Serving in Congress is a maturing process, Simpson said. As in the Idaho Legislature, where he was House speaker for six years, building relationships is essential to success, he said. (The Idaho Statesman, 11/2/2000) 



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