ICYMI – DMR: “Club For Growth Launches Ad Pressuring Speaker Pat Grassley To Support ‘School Choice’ Bill”


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Des Moines Register’s Stephen Gruber-Miller published an exclusive report on a new Club for Growth ad, “Time,” launching today in Iowa. The ad highlights Governor Kim Reynolds’s parental school choice legislation which recently passed the Iowa Senate, and asks Iowans to call state House Speaker Pat Grassley to take up and pass the bold legislation instead of caving to the special interests and education bureaucrats.

For more information about the ad, contact Club for Growth Vice President of Communications Joe Kildea at [email protected].

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Conservative organization Club for Growth launches ad pressuring Speaker Pat Grassley to support ‘school choice’ bill

Des Moines Register, Stephen Gruber-Miller, 2/28/21

Beginning Monday, the Club for Growth plans to spend $167,000 on ads accusing House Speaker Pat Grassley, R-New Hartford, of “stalling” a Gov. Kim Reynolds-supported measure, said Joe Kildea, Club for Growth vice president of communications.

“Time never stops,” a narrator says in the ad. “Minutes become hours, become days, become years. And for kids, every second counts. So why is Speaker Pat Grassley stalling? Delaying a vote on parental choice scholarships for Iowa children?… Tell Grassley, it’s time.”

The ad’s launch comes as the “school choice” bill — one of Reynolds’ top priorities this year — faces an uncertain future in the Iowa House, with a key legislative deadline approaching on Friday.

While the bill passed the Republican-controlled Iowa Senate in late January, Grassley hasn’t brought it up for a vote in the House, where Republicans hold a 59-41 majority.

The Club for Growth plans to run the ad on broadcast channels and Fox News in the Des Moines media market and on Fox in Grassley’s Iowa House district in north central Iowa’s Butler, Hardin and Grundy counties, Kildea said.


Kildea said the group plans to run the ad through March 21 and could increase its spending if Grassley takes no action.


The Club for Growth is a national conservative organization that spends to support Republican candidates and issues that align with its “pro-growth, limited government” philosophy. According to the group’s website, “school choice” is one of the organization’s top policy goals. The group ran ads in Pennsylvania, Arizona and Wisconsin last year focused on the subject.


Kildea said the organization’s focus is on Republican states that are trying to advance similar legislation.