Club for Growth
Although it is early, we like what we see in Josh Mandel, particularly his fiscal conservatism and his willingness to tell it like it is about the war Islam has declared on the West.
Critics say the Club's endorsements appear to go beyond the typical support of outside groups for like-minded candidates that one would expect, to something approaching an unholy coordination between a group of lawmakers and a big-spending conservative organization. There's no daylight between the candidates the groups have gotten behind: All Club-backed House contenders this year are members of, or endorsed by, the Freedom Caucus.
CHQ's endorsed candidate for the open Senate seat in Florida, Congressman Ron DeSantis, yesterday issued a strong statement calling for Republican unity behind Donald Trump. In a state that fielded two of Trump's competitors in the GOP primaries DeSantis' statement took some guts, especially given that one of his earliest and biggest backers - the Club for Growth - have been leaders of the #NeverTrump movement.
The establishment media has largely ignored the story, but there is an important trend developing in national politics and policy debates; the emergence of more than occasional alliances of conservative and liberal populists. The latest Right-Left populist policy alliance to emerge is between conservative and liberal opponents of the Export-Import Bank reauthorization, and yesterday afternoon our conservative friends at The Club for Growth announced the release of a TV ad aimed at Florida Democrats.
“If he [Mike Huckabee] got the nomination and was president, he’d be terrible on economic conservative issues, and we’ve got to educate the voters about that through our affiliated PAC,’ Club for Growth President David McIntosh said. “If somebody like that starts to rise up again — I don’t anticipate anyone will — who has a terrible record on economic liberty, we will make that known.”
The Club for Growth couldn’t find a presidential candidate to love in 2008 and 2012. But 2016 may be different. Half a dozen of them — including two the Club helped propel into office in the first place, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio — traveled to The Breakers resort here this weekend to make their pitches to 200 of the group’s biggest donors.
A group of 50 conservative organizations in Washington is mobilizing opposition to an increase in the 18.4 cents per gallon federal gas tax to pay for new transportation projects saying falling gas prices are the first significant relief many Americans have experienced in years.
"You'd be hard-pressed to find a more desperate person than a DC lobbyist who thinks his fees are being threatened," said Barney Keller of Club for Growth. "Haley Barbour is losing a race in his own backyard.
Conserv. activist Eric O'Keefe, dir. of WI Club for Growth, filed a lawsuit against a state agency for its involvement in a secret probe against conservative groups. At issue is an investigation into political activity in the '12 recall elections conducted in secret under WI's John Doe laws.
Jahan Wilcox, RNC Spokesman, responded to Thom Tillis’s victory by declaring that next would be to defeat Matt Bevin, the Repub. candidate in KY, who Wilcox called a “fraud.” Eventually, conservatives will stop writing checks and stop voting.
Voters are entitled to a debate between the major candidates for the United States Senate, and it’s sad that Mississippi’s senior Senator has chosen instead to hide behind his handlers and avoid the tough questions. We think Mississippi deserves better.
The Club for Growth PAC has endorsed fiscal conservative Bryan Smith for the Idaho 2 seat in Congress and released an ad making the case that Big Government Republican Mike Simpson must be replaced.
Dan Sullivan in Alaska is the kind of candidate needed to ensure not only a Republican Senate majority, but also a fiscally conservative majority within that majority.
The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) hosted a civil debate titled "Tea party vs. establishment: Who is helping the right, and who is hurting it?" featuring Chris Chocola, president of the Club for Growth, and Steve LaTourette, CEO of the Repub. Main Street Partnership.
For decades CHQ Chairman Richard Viguerie has been hammering away on the Republican establishment on Capitol Hill for trying to dupe limited government constitutional conservative voters. Now a new generation of conservatives is joining Viguerie in calling out the Republican congressional “leaders” as frauds. Sign and share the "Fire Boehner" petition.
Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-Miss.) Tea Party challenger, Miss. state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) got a big fundraising boost from many conservative groups including the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and the Senate Conservatives Fund.
Repub. leaders and several hard-right groups are displaying the classic signs of a political divorce, including bitter name-calling and reprisals against one another.
Boehner is voicing a common criticism in establishment Republican circles: that outside conservative groups reflexively oppose anything supported by GOP leadership. Boehner said the budget deal, which will come to a vote in the House Thurs.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's new push to get involved in Repub. primaries by defending incumbents against tea party challengers could actually make it easier to unseat them, according to the head of the influential Club for Growth.
The Nebraska Senate race drew national attention when former state Treasurer Shane Osborn gained the endorsement of FreedomWorks. Senate Conservatives Fund and the Club for Growth endorsed his opponent, Midland University President Ben Sasse.