Chris Chocola

Thad Cochran is so desparate to win reelection that he’s relying on Democrats to help him in a Republican runoff

Club for Growth Action is following through on its promise to oppose Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS). The free market PAC released two new ads today slamming Cochran for losing touch with Mississippi and voting with Democrats.

“Thad Cochran and his allies in Washington may think he’s entitled to a lifetime seat in the United States Senate, but Mississippi voters get the final say,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola in a press release. “Thad Cochran’s record is filled with bailouts, tax hikes, and trillions in debt, which is why his floundering campaign is now begging for Democrats to vote in the runoff.”

The ad campaign is backed buy a “large, six-figure buy” that will begin running today on both broadcast and cable networks in Mississippi.

The 30-second television ad, “Entitled,” hits Cochran for being out of touch with Magnolia State voters “after five decades” in Washington. The Club also knocks Cochran for voting with Democrats on spending, judges, and Obamacare funding.

Mississippi conservatives rejected Thad Cochran’s big spending record, and he should gracefully bow out

Chris McDaniel may not have defeated Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) outright on Tuesday night, but he might as well have. A majority Mississippi Republicans — 51 percent, to be exact — voted against a 42-year incumbent senator who is symbolic of everything that’s wrong with the GOP.

In other words, the writing is on the wall for Cochran. His path to victory in the June 24 runoff is almost nonexistent, which means that he’ll have to, you know, actually campaign and have a coherent message for the next 19 days. He’ll have to answer for his votes for TARP, Medicare Part D, tax hikes, pork barrel spending, and to raise the debt ceiling.

McDaniel, however, is the real deal. His limited government message, presented in contrast to Cochran’s big spending record, resonated with plurality of Mississippi Republicans, and the momentum is clearly on his side.

“I think we have a roadmap to prosperity. The Constitution works, the free market works,” McDaniel told United Liberty in a mid-April interview. “America works, freedom works, and if you unleash people by getting government off their backs, you’ll see our economy take off again. I believe that.”

Most political observers say that McDaniel has the advantage in the runoff, where the electorate tends to be more conservative, and they’re right. His grassroots conservative supporters will almost certainly show up.

Today in Liberty: Tea Party picks up a Senate seat, Obama’s war on coal to hit consumers

“President Obama won the youth vote 3 to 1, but I don’t think he’s got a permanent hold on the youth vote. I think if we bring to them that message, that ‘You know what? What you do on your cell phone is none of the government’s damn business.’” — Rand Paul

— Ben Sasse, Tea Party win in Nebraska: Ben Sasse took 49.4 percent of the vote in the Nebraska Republican Senate primary, easily defeating Sid Dinsdale and Shane Obsorn. Sasse was backed by big-name conservative and Tea Party groups, while Osborn had the quiet backing of the Republican establishment. “Congratulations to Ben Sasse on his victory tonight in Nebraska. Ben is a problem solver who will be a conservative voice in our effort to repeal ObamaCare and bring much needed fiscal sanity to the Senate,” said NRSC Chairman Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS). “Ben Sasse is a results-oriented leader whom I know will fight for Nebraska and be a great advocate for the Cornhusker State in the Senate. I look forward to working alongside of Ben in the Senate next year in a Republican majority.” Club for Growth President Chris Chocola hailed Sasse as a champion of economic liberty, noting that he “won a hard-fought primary by building his campaign on the simple idea that ObamaCare is a disaster that needs to be repealed,” adding that “Ben clearly articulated a conservative vision to Nebraska voters who rewarded him with their votes.”

MS Senate: Conservative groups blast Thad Cochran on spending, decades in Washington

Thad Cochran

Two influential conservative groups, Club for Growth Action and FreedomWorks for America, unveiled separate ads yesterday taking aim at Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R-MS) horrible record on spending and the decades he’s spent in Washington, D.C.

The stakes have been raised in Mississippi in recent days. Cochran unveiled an ad taking aim at his Republican primary opponent, Chris McDaniel, over disaster relief funding for the Gulf Coast, including Mississippi. But these conservative groups, both of which are backing McDaniel’s campaign, have taken aim at Cochran.

In what’s described as a “large, six-figure ad buy,” Club for Growth Action points out that Cochran, who has served in Congress since 1973, voted for President Jimmy Carter’s expansion of federal education and President George H.W. Bush’s tax hikes.

“Today,” says the narrator, “Cochran votes with Obama to raise the national debt by trillions. Thad Cochran — five decades in Washington is enough.”

American taxpayers funding Russian companies, conservative group says

Ex-Im Bank

The Club for Growth has waded into foreign policy, an unusual area for an organization that exclusively emphasizes free market policies, by urging on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to join its call for an end to taxpayer-subsidized loans to Russian companies, amid escalating tensions between the United States and Russia.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Club for Growth pointed to a January 2013 story from Reuters on discussions between the Export-Import Bank and Gennady Timchenko, a Russian billionaire, for “U.S. government-backed funding to buy luxury aircraft.” Timchenko was described as “a long-time associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin.”

Another story highlighted in the statement was an August 2000 report from the Center for Public Integrity which noted that the Export-Import Bank had “guaranteed $489 million in credits to a Russian oil company whose roots are imbedded in a legacy of KGB and Communist Party corruption, as well as drug trafficking and organized crime funds

“We don’t think that the Export-Import Bank should exist at all, let alone even consider giving loans and loan guarantees to Russian oligarchs and companies with ties to the Russian mob,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola.

AK Senate: Club for Growth endorses Dan Sullivan, hopes for “fiscal conservative majority”

Dan Sullivan

The Club for Growth PAC has endorsed Dan Sullivan in his bid to unseat Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK), one of the four Red State Democrats seeking reelection in the 2014 mid-term election. The endorsement is a rare instance of a conservative group backing the same candidate as the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).

“Dan Sullivan is a fiscal conservative with a stellar track record in Alaska and we strongly endorse him for the United States Senate,” Club for Growth President Chris Chocola said in a statement on Wednesday. “Dan has fought for pro-growth tax reform, taken on ObamaCare in court, and beaten back federal overreach by Obama’s EPA.”

“In the Senate,” he continued, “Dan Sullivan will continue the fight for economic freedom and we can’t wait to see him help deliver for America the kinds of pro-growth policies he’s already delivered for Alaska.”

Sullivan, a former Alaska Attorney General and state Department of Natural Resources commissioner, is one of five candidates seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate and is considered the favorite in the August 19 primary.

The most recent poll out of Alaska found Sullivan was the most competitive Republican against Begich, though he trailed by 4 points, just outside the margin of error. A separate poll paid for by American Crossroads, a Republican super PAC, showed Sullivan leading the Democratic senator by 6 points.

ID-02: Club for Growth targets Boehner ally in new ad

Club for Growth Action rolled out a new ad yesterday against Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID), an ally of House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), hitting him for backing the Wall Street bailout, votes to increase the debt ceiling, and support for a “bigger Obama stimulus bill.”

The Club for Growth endorsed Bryan Smith, who is challenging Simpson in the Republican primary, in July 2013.

“Career politician Mike Simpson is one of the most liberal, anti-taxpayer Republicans serving in Congress today,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola in a statement, “which is exactly why it’s so critical that Idaho voters replace him with a constitutional conservative like Bryan Smith.”

Club for Growth releases 2013 congressional scorecards

Club for Growth

The Club for Growth released its annual congressional scorecards yesterday, offering concerned constituents a snapshot of how their representatives in Washington voted on issues related to limited government and economic growth legislation during the first session of the 113th Congress.

“2013 saw the emergence of several new defenders of economic freedom as well as continued excellence among old allies,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola, himself a former member of Congress. “Some members have seen their voting records improve and will be honored this year with recognition of their efforts for the first time.”

“While there are more champions of pro-economic growth policy serving in Congress than at any time before, it’s clear that our fight against the big spenders in both parties has a long way to go,” he added.

Like many organizations, the Club for Growth states positions on legislation or other matters as a way to encourage House and Senate members to encourage them to vote in a manner consistent with limited government, pro-growth views. The votes scored in the 2013 include the efforts to repeal or defund Obamacare, the Ryan-Murray budget deal, the farm bill, and the Full Faith and Credit Act.

The scorecards offer a look at who is living up to the limited government rhetoric on which they run each year as well as those are voting to put more debt on the back of the taxpayer as well as future taxpayers.

Boehner defends the Republican Surrender Act, slams conservative groups

John Boehner

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) responded angrily when asked about the strong opposition from conservative groups over the budget deal announced on Tuesday by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA).

An unidentified reporter asked about the groups which had blasted the deal — more aptly called the Republican Surrender Act of 2013 — and warned members of Congress that they would key vote against it on their respective scorecards. Before the reporter could finish her question, Boehner cut her off, clearly agitated, and shot back, “You mean the groups that came out and opposed it before they ever saw it?”

“They’re using our members, and they’re using the American people, for their own goals. This is ridiculous,” he said. “Listen, if you’re for more deficit reduction, you’re for this agreement.”

TX Senate: Club for Growth won’t get involved in Republican primary

Steve Stockman

The Club for Growth, a conservative organization that advocates for free market policies, said this morning that will not get involved in the Republican Senate primary race in Texas, delivering a blow to Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), who filed papers yesterday to run against incumbent Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX).

“While Congressman Stockman has a pro-economic growth record, so does Senator Cornyn, as witnessed by his 87% lifetime Club for Growth score,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola via an emailed statement.

The Club for Growth has become a prominent player in Republican primary and general election races, endorsing fiscal conservatives like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), Rep. Dave Schweikert (R-AZ), and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) in their successful campaigns. The organization’s political action committee (PAC) will be a player in the 2014 mid-term, already making endorsements in several races across the country.

“Our PAC evaluates three factors when looking at races that involve incumbents: 1) the strength of the incumbent’s record; 2) the degree of difference between the incumbent and the challenger on economic issues; and 3) the viability of the challenger,” said Chocola. “None of those factors weigh against Senator Cornyn, so we do not expect to be involved in the Texas Senate race.”

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