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Congressman Flake Is Mr. Washington!

Mr. Flake Goes to Washington and Refuses to Come Back!

Congressman Flake's Washington Buddies Pay Up to Keep Their Washington Insider!

“The Club for Growth endorsed Flake immediately after he entered the race, and they’ve raised an impressive sum on his behalf, bringing in $100,000 in the first 24 hours after giving him their backing.” (Sean Sullivan, “Flake In The Millionaire’s Club,” National Journal’s Hotline On Call, 4/4/11)

Not only does the Club for Growth pay for lavish trips for Congressman Flake, they are also his largest campaign contributors.

Even more of Congressman Flake’s money comes from Political Action Committees (PACs)

Arizona can’t afford a U.S. Senator beholden to anyone other than the citizens of Arizona.

Jeff Flake says he’s watching out for Arizona, but in Washington he is beholden to lobbyists and special interests.

For documentation and an explanation, call Congressman Flake at 602.845.0333.

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Senator Pat Toomey Endorses David Schweikert For Congress

(Scottsdale) Today, Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) endorsed David Schweikert for reelection to Congress in Arizona’s CD6.

“Congressman Schweikert is one of the great defenders of liberty in the U.S. Congress,” Senator Toomey said.

“In his first term in office, I have worked closely with him to help craft legislation that will create jobs, reduce burdensome regulations and cut wasteful federal spending. I am supporting him for reelection because we need people like David in Congress fighting for Arizona and the country.”

Rep. Schweikert made the following statement after Senator Toomey endorsed his campaign for Congress.

“From his work in the House of Representatives, to the Club for Growth, to the U.S. Senate, Pat has been a role model and champion for limited government and personal freedom.

“Perhaps one of the greatest honors I have had in my short time in Washington is serving alongside Pat in the fight for a balanced budget, economic growth, and capital formation.

“I am proud to not only consider Senator Toomey a supporter, but to call him my friend,” said Congressman David Schweikert.

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Ben Quayle to Chris Chocola: Focus on Club for Growth’s Mission

Congressman Ben Quayle sent the following letter to Club for Growth President Chris Chocola in response to Mr. Chocola’s correspondence to House leadership: 

The Honorable Chris Chocola
Club for Growth
2001 L Street, NW
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036

SENT VIA MAIL AND FACSIMILE

Dear Mr. Chocola,

I have reviewed the letter you sent House leadership yesterday regarding the primary race in Arizona’s newly-drawn 6th Congressional District. The correspondence is astonishing on several levels.

First, as you well know, I have received a higher legislative score from the Club For Growth than Congressman Schweikert, to go along with a higher ranking as well from the National Journal, which found there to be no more conservative member of Congress than me. It is therefore quite a contortion for you, as the Club’s president, to now threaten on any basis the provision of financial support to my primary opponent.

It is still more of a contortion for you to so threaten on the basis of leadership support for my campaign. First, I have been under the impression that the Club For Growth was formed by its founders, funded by its members and directed by its board to support pro-growth candidates. I was not aware that the Club’s mission includes dictating to high-ranking officials who they may and may not support. It is ironic that an organization founded in principles of freedom and limited government could have come to such a dictatorial turn.

This new, self-appointed role for the Club raises a number of questions. For example, Sen. Jon Kyl, a member of Senate leadership and perhaps the leading Arizona exponent of pro-growth and conservative policy since Barry Goldwater, has enthusiastically endorsed my candidacy in this race. Can Sen. Kyl now expect a similar cease-and-desist letter from you and the Club, together with a threat to shower my lower-rated opponent with Club funds, should he not withdraw this support?

So far as House leadership is concerned, moreover, it seems that your fears may be badly misplaced. In the most recent policy matter in which Congressman Schweikert and I differed — Barack Obama’s misbegotten payroll tax deal — it was Schweikert, not I, who voted with the leadership and Obama. I cast the more pro-growth and fiscally responsible vote, in this case a “no.” Schweikert, alone among Arizona Republicans, voted for this non-growth, deficit-expanding policy that is contrary to sound economic and tax policy. Isn’t this exactly the kind of voting behavior that the Club was founded to discourage and marginalize in favor of more reliable representatives in Congress?

Your correspondence points out that both Congressman Schweikert and I have pro-growth voting records, and I will not quibble over that. Nevertheless, you neglect to mention in correspondence threatening to throw him financial support that my legislative rating from the Club is in fact higher than his. This cannot be a mere oversight and must be a contrived omission.

I urge you and your board and members to reconsider the path your letter seems to set for the Club. Your mission is important and the work of the Club has borne fruit, over time, for the free-market and limited government principles which we share and for which I have fought hard in Congress. In light of my superior Club rating I would expect, if anything, to receive the Club’s support over my opponent in this race; it is certainly odd to read instead this letter, apparently delivered to the media prior to its delivery to the leadership. I hope that the Club will maintain its vital mission, rather than seek for itself some highly questionable role as the imperious referee of Republican support in primary races, and I further hope that your board will make a full inquiry as to exactly how this correspondence came about.

Sincerely,

Congressman Ben Quayle

Club for Growth’s Chris Chocola releases statement on Quayle vs Schweikert

The Honorable John Boehner, Speaker of the House

The Honorable Eric Cantor, Majority Leader

The Honorable Kevin McCarthy, Majority Whip

Dear Republican House Leaders:

In the just completed Illinois Republican congressional primary between incumbent Congressmen Don Manzullo and Adam Kinzinger, the Club for Growth PAC chose to stay neutral.  We did so because neither candidate’s record was entirely satisfactory.  Over the course of his long House career, Rep. Manzullo has cast several bad votes.  As a first-term Member of Congress, Rep. Kinzinger has an even worse record than Rep. Manzullo.  In fact, in the only year in which their records can be compared, in 2011, Rep. Manzullo had a clearly better record of voting for limited government then did Rep. Kinzinger. 

Despite our neutrality in this race, we were alarmed to see Majority Leader Cantor, Majority Whip McCarthy, and their Young Guns Action Fund aggressively take sides in favor of Rep. Kinzinger, and even use the committee to promote a false picture of Rep. Kinzinger’s record.

We raise this concern in the context of another upcoming redistricting-induced primary between two incumbent Republican Congressmen.  In Arizona’s sixth congressional district, incumbent Republicans David Schweikert and Ben Quayle are facing each other.  The Club for Growth PAC’s position in this race is neutral, because in this case both first-term Congressmen have outstanding pro-growth voting records. 

However, we note that Speaker Boehner’s Leadership PAC has already made a maximum contribution to Rep. Quayle’s campaign.  That contribution was made before redistricting put both men in the same district, and it is our hope that it does not signal that the House leadership has decided to take sides in this primary.  In the name of neutrality, we urge Speaker Boehner to contribute the same $10,000 to Rep. Schweikert that he has already given to Rep. Quayle.  We also urge Leader Cantor, Whip McCarthy, and their Young Guns Action Fund to join us in staying neutral in the Arizona race.

Should it become apparent that you are choosing sides on behalf of Rep. Quayle, the Club for Growth PAC will consider it necessary to intervene on behalf of Rep. Schweikert.  As is our practice, if the Club’s PAC entered this primary, it is highly likely that our 75,000 members would donate considerably more funds to Rep. Schweikert’s campaign than the Republican House leadership would contribute to Rep. Quayle’s campaign.

It is our preference to remain on the sidelines of the Arizona race, as both candidates have fine records.  However, we will not sit back and allow House Republican leaders to invest resources with impunity against an incumbent fiscal conservative like Rep. David Schweikert.  Rep. Schweikert stands for the principles of economic freedom even when members of his own party pressure him to do otherwise.  If those same Republican leaders attempt to defeat him, the Club for Growth PAC will vigorously come to his defense.

Sincerely,

Chris Chocola, President – Club for Growth

Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey Endorses Salmon for Congress

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 25, 2012
CONTACT: Adam Deguire

“Matt is a true champion of fiscal responsibility, and I know that he will bring integrity, conservative ideals and principled leadership to Congress.” 

EAST VALLEY – Former Congressman and candidate for Arizona’s 5th Congressional District Matt Salmon today announced the endorsement of Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey. Senator Toomey, recognized as one of the Senate’s top advocates for limited government, personal freedom and conservative values, released the following statement regarding his endorsement:

“I am proud to endorse Matt Salmon for the U.S House of Representatives. I had the privilege of serving with Matt in Congress when I represented Pennsylvania’s Fifteenth District, and Arizona and the country will be better off with Matt back in Congress fighting for taxpayers. Matt is a true champion of fiscal responsibility, and I know that he will bring integrity, conservative ideals and principled leadership to Congress.”

Former Congressman Matt Salmon stated, “As a Congressman, and now as a Senator, Pat Toomey has been an extraordinary champion for a fiscally responsible and limited government. I am grateful for his support. We stood side by side as we balanced the budget when we served together in Congress – I look forward to having that opportunity again. I know I can count on Senator Toomey in the fight to return to a balanced budget and restore fiscal sanity in Washington.”

About Senator Pat Toomey

Senator Pat Toomey was elected to the U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania on a platform of limited government, economic and job growth, and restoring fiscal responsibility. Since joining the Senate, he has distinguished himself as a leader on economic, financial services and budgetary issues, striving to restore fiscal discipline to Washington and economic opportunity for all Americans. Among other things, Sen. Toomey has introduced a 10-year balanced budget proposal that received more votes in the Senate than any other budget plan this year, and he has successfully helped cut federal red tape for local communities and job creators in Pennsylvania.

Senator Toomey previously served in Congress as a member of the House of Representatives from Pennsylvania’s Fifteenth Congressional District, where he championed economic growth and fiscal discipline. In fulfillment of his three-term pledge, he retired from the House in 2004. A graduate of Harvard University, he lives in Zionsville with his wife, Kris, and their three children.

About Matt Salmon

Matt Salmon was first elected to the United States Congress in 1994 and served until 2000, honoring his term limit pledge. A proud conservative, Salmon was rated in the top five among all 535 members of the House and Senate by Citizen’s Against Government Waste for all six years he was in office. He is a lifetime member of the NRA with an A+ rating and also earned a 100% rating by the National Right to Life. He was also the proud recipient of the American Cancer Society’s “Top National Elected Official” award.

Matt Salmon has received the endorsements from Arizona Congressman Trent Franks, former Arizona Congressman John Shadegg, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Mayor Scott Smith (Mesa), Mayor Jay Tibshraeny (Chandler), Mayor Hugh Hallman (Tempe), Mayor John Insalaco (Apache Junction), Mayor Gail Barney (Queen Creek), Arizona State Senate Former State Senator Chuck Gray, Majority Leader Andy Biggs (LD22), State Senator John McComish (LD20), and State Representatives Eddie Farnsworth (LD22), Jeff Dial (LD20), and Bob Robson (LD20). Salmon has also been endorsed by South Dakota Senator John Thune, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, and Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49).

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Club for Growth PAC Endorses Matt Salmon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 29, 2011
CONTACT: Adam Deguire

Club for Growth President Chris Chocola: “Matt Salmon will be an excellent replacement for Jeff Flake in the house and we are excited to support his candidacy.” 

EAST VALLEY – Club for Growth PAC today announced that it is endorsing former Congressman Matt Salmon. The Club for Growth is one of the nations leading organizations in advocating for lower taxes, limited government, less government spending, and free trade.

“The Club for Growth PAC strongly supports returning Matt Salmon for Congress,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Matt will bring rock-solid conservative principles to Congress and he’s also a courageous veteran who will certainly play a leadership role for the new generation of pro-growth Congressmen. Matt Salmon will be an excellent replacement for Jeff Flake in the house and we are excited to support his candidacy.”

“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of Club for Growth today,” said Matt Salmon. “The Club for Growth is one of America’s leading conservative organizations advocating for the principles of smaller government, lower taxes, and economic freedom. These are the very same principles I have always fought for in my career and will continue to fight for in Congress.”

About Club for Growth
Club for Growth is a national network of thousands of pro-growth Americans, from all walks of life, who believe that prosperity and opportunity come through economic freedom. We work to promote public policies that encourage a high growth economy and a swift return to America’s founding principles primarily through legislative involvement, issue advocacy, research, training and educational activity.

The primary tactic of the separate Club for Growth PAC is to provide financial support from Club members to viable candidates to Congress who believe in pro-growth policies, limited government, low taxes and economic freedom, both in Republican primaries and general elections.

About Matt Salmon
Matt Salmon was first elected to the United States Congress in 1994 and served until 2000, honoring his term limit pledge. A proud conservative, Salmon was rated in the top five among all 535 members of the House and Senate by Citizen’s Against Government Waste for all six years he was in office. He is a lifetime member of the NRA with an A+ rating and also earned a 100% rating by the National Right to Life. He was also the proud recipient of the American Cancer Society’s “Top National Elected Official” award.

Matt Salmon has received endorsements from Arizona Congressman Trent Franks, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, South Dakota Senator John Thune, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49), Mayor Scott Smith (Mesa), Mayor Jay Tibshraeny (Chandler), Mayor Hugh Hallman (Tempe), Mayor John Insalaco (Apache Junction), Mayor Gail Barney (Queen Creek), former Arizona Congressman John Shadegg, Arizona State Senate Majority Leader Andy Biggs (LD22), State Senator John McComish (LD20), and State Representatives Eddie Farnsworth (LD22), Jeff Dial (LD20), and Bob Robson (LD20).

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Club for Growth: Trump Was For The Auto Bailout

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 20, 2011

Trump in 2008 on bailing out the Big Three car manufacturers: “I think the government should stand behind them 100 percent.”

Washington, DC – The Club for Growth today criticized Donald Trump for saying that the federal government should back the auto industry and that “You cannot lose the auto companies.”:

“If there’s anyone who should know the value of filing for bankruptcy, it’s Donald Trump. He should have known that the $13.4 billion government bailout of the auto industry just put off the inevitable while putting taxpayers at risk,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “Bailouts and nationalizing whole industries can cripple free markets and has hampered our economic recovery. We need our next President to understand that economic freedom leads to growth and prosperity for all, and that the government should never be in the business of picking winners and losers.”

Trump on bailing out the auto industry: “I think the government should stand behind them 100 percent: CAVUTO: Do you think that we can afford to do without one of the Big Three?TRUMP: No. I think you should have the Big Three. I think, frankly, they should do dip financing. I think the government should stand behind them 100 percent. You cannot lose the auto companies. They’re great. They make wonderful products. Maybe they’re making too much. Maybe they’re not making too much. I mean, I just brought a Dodge Ram truck from Arrigo Dodge, who’s a member of one of my clubs and great guy. (Fox News, 12/17/08)

Trump favored bailing out the auto industry instead of letting them go bankrupt, but he has filed for corporate bankruptcy at least four times: Previously, Trump filed for corporate bankruptcy in 1991, 1992, 2004, and 2009. As Trump stated in the interview, these Chapter 11 corporate bankruptcies were used to negotiate debt deals. After the deals were done, all of his companies went on to survive (and in some cases thrive). (International Business Times, 4/12/11)

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