Club for Growth PAC Endorses Florida Governor Rick Scott for U.S. Senate

Rachael Slobodien - August 16th, 2018

Washington, DC – The Club for Growth PAC today announced its endorsement of Florida Governor Rick Scott for U.S. Senate for the seat currently held by Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL).
“Governor Rick Scott is a strong fiscal conservative and exactly who we need in the Senate today, and the Club for Growth PAC is proud to endorse him for U.S. Senate,” said Club for Growth President David McIntosh.
“In his service to Florida, Governor Scott has demonstrated a dogged determination to cut spending and regulations.  As Governor of Florida, Scott successfully championed more than $10 billion in tax cuts and reduced more than 5,200 burdensome regulations, while paying down $10 billion in state debt.
“Unlike other politicians in Washington, Scott won’t settle for the status quo and will fight to bring fiscal restraint to the Senate.  Rick Scott is also a strong advocate for term limits unlike life-long politician Bill Nelson, who first ran for office when Richard Nixon was President.
“Rick Scott is a battle-tested conservative who knows how to win tough campaigns, and Bill Nelson stands no chance against him this fall.”


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Club for Growth Action Polling Shows Greg Steube Dominates in FL-17 GOP Primary

Rachael Slobodien - August 13th, 2018

Today, Club for Growth Action released a poll that shows Greg Steube with a 39% to 16% lead over Julio Gonzalez among Republican primary voters in Florida’s 17th Congressional District.  Additionally, while Steube’s favorables continue to rise, Gonzalez’s unfavorables continue to grow.

Specifically, the polling revealed:

  • Name ID and Image:

o   Greg Stuebe’s favorables have increased by nearly 20 points from our survey a month ago, and Steube has a strong image with favorables more than twice his unfavorables.

o   On the other hand, Julio Gonzalez’s image has gotten significantly worse with a 25-point increase in his unfavorables and only minimal improvement in his favorables. Gonzalez’s image is now upside-down with unfavorables more than half-again as large as his favorables.

  • Ballot:

o   Steube’s ballot share continues to grow, and he’s now at nearly 40% while Gonzalez is stuck in the mid-teens.

  • Steube has nearly two-and-a-half times the vote that Gonzalez has, a commanding lead with only a few weeks left before the primary.

o   Both leading indicators for election outcome look good for Steube.

  • Steube leads by 27 points among voters who have heard of both Steube and Gonzalez and receives a majority of the vote among those with opinions of both.

The survey was conducted for Club for Growth Action by WPA Intelligence.  WPAi conducted 300 live telephone interviews (30% cell phone) on August 8-9, 2018, and the margin of error is ±5.7%.


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Club for Growth Action Unveils Ads Exposing Julio Gonzalez’s Support for Death Panels

Rachael Slobodien - August 06th, 2018

Today, Club for Growth Action unveiled TV, radio, and digital ads as well as launched a microsite,, to expose Julio Gonzalez’s support for death panels like those proposed for Obamacare.  The microsite also highlights other truths about Gonzalez including his refusal to take a term limits’ pledge and his opposition to President Trump.

This ad campaign is part of an additional $300,000 buy and is running on broadcast, cable, radio, and digital throughout Florida’s 17th Congressional District.

Upon release of the ads, Club for Growth Action President David McIntosh noted:

“Julio Gonzalez is out of step with Florida’s voters.  Not only did he call President Trump’s  run ‘deplorable,’ Gonzalez also supports Obamacare death panels where insurers determine whether a patient deserves to live or die.”

“Gonzalez is wrong for Congress, and Floridians deserve to know the truth about his record.”

To watch Club for Growth Action’s TV ad, “Malpractice,” click here.

To listen to Club for Growth Action’s radio ad, “Crossword,” click here.

Transcripts of both the TV and radio ads are also included below.


Club for Growth Action

:30 TV



What could be worse than Obamacare?


Julio Gonzalez proposed giving bureaucrats and insurance companies the power to stop treatment for people they decide cost too much to keep alive.


For the sake of the patient, Gonzalez wrote, insurers should be able to cutoff treatment that is “no longer of value to society.”


He calls it a health index.   A death panel is what critics call it.


Wrong for Congress.


Club For Growth Action is responsible for the content of this advertising.



Club for Growth Action

:60 Radio



Male:  This crossword is unbelievable.


Female:  Just ask, dear.


M:  A doctor whose top concern is NOT the health of patients.


F:  Gonzalez.


M:  Who?


F:  Dr. Julio Gonzalez.  The guy running for Congress.


M:  Oh, yeah.  Gonzalez wrote that book where he proposed giving bureaucrats and insurance companies the power to cut off care for people they decide are too sick to live. 


F: Just like those ObamaCare death panels.


M:  And Gonzalez opposed the opening of a new urgent care facility in Venice  because he said it might “negatively impact” business at own medical practice. 


F:  So he can make more money.  Where did you see that?


M:  At  All the details are there.


F:  I’ll check it out.


M:  Gonzalez doesn’t fit.


F:  I’m not voting for him.


M:  No, I mean the puzzle.


F:  Pathologist is the answer for the puzzle.  And Gonzalez is NOT the answer for Congress.


M: Paid for by Club for Growth Action. and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.  Club for Growth Action is responsible for the content of this advertising.


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CFG Action Wisconsin Launches New Ad in WI Senate Race

Rachael Slobodien - August 01st, 2018

Today, CFG Action Wisconsin launched a new ad in the Republican primary in the Wisconsin U.S. Senate race.

Entitled “Puzzle,” the ad highlights Leah Vukmir’s blatant hypocrisy. Although Vukmir calls herself a “conservative,” her actions paint a picture of a big-government career politician who raised her own pay, increased government power to seize private property, and sought to protect colleagues who committed sexual harassment.

Club for Growth PAC has endorsed conservative Kevin Nicholson in the Republican primary. The winner of the Aug. 14th primary will face Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin in the general election.

Watch the ad here.

“Wisconsin voters deserve to know the truth about Leah Vukmir’s long record in Madison ,” said CFG Action Wisconsin President David McIntosh. “From her pay increases to her eminent domain vote, it’s clear that State Sen. Vukmir has consistently put her political career and her special-interest friends ahead of Wisconsin taxpayers. Washington already has plenty of politicians who pretend to be conservative on the campaign trail but vote like big-government insiders in D.C. Congress doesn’t need another.”

For your convenience, a written copy of the ad is included below:


Indexing Capital Gains to Inflation: A Matter of Fairness

Mason Thibault - July 31st, 2018

The Club for Growth applauds Secretary of the Treasury Mnuchin for his recent statements regarding the indexing of capital gains to inflation. There is a current gross  injustice  that is currently included in the computation of capital gains. As an example, if someone saving for retirement purchased an S&P index fund for $1000 in 1998 and dutifully held it for 20 years, they could now sell it for $2513. That’s a gain of $1513. Unfortunately, the full amount would be subject to taxation. But $570 of that $1513 isn’t a real gain at all.  It’s phantom income that was eaten away because of inflation.  And yet, taxpayers are currently forced to pay taxes on this nonexistent income.

For much the same reason that income tax brackets were indexed to inflation over 30 years ago, Club for Growth  believes that it is only a matter of fairness to do the same for capital gains. By taking action to index capital gains to inflation, the real after-tax rate of return on all equities would immediately be priced higher – thereby increasing the wealth held by the millions of working and retired Americans who own 401ks, IRAs, mutual funds, and brokerage accounts.  It would further encourage people to expand their savings, and incentivize  workers new to the marketplace to start doing so.  By preventing the money from unjustly going to the government, it could be re-invested in the economy, allowing businesses to expand, innovate, and create more jobs.

As an organization that is unequivocally committed to Pro-Growth policy that will improve economic growth, indexing capital gains to inflation can help serve as a “down payment” that will help ignite the broader conversation about tax reform.