What Is The ‘Club For Growth?’

According to Opensecrets.org, the largest donor of money to presidential candidate Rand Paul is a group called the Club for Growth.  What is the Club for Growth?

Right Wing Watch:

“Club for Growth (CFG) touts itself as the inheritor of Ronald Reagan’s ‘vision of limited government and lower taxes’ and it advances this anti-government vision through its support of political candidates who hew to its right-wing economic orthodoxy. The Club for Growth has aggressively opposed several moderate Republicans often to the consternation of GOP political leaders.”

Club for Growth’s website claims they have a network of over 100,000 people, though Right Wing Watch states only that they have “more than 9,000” members.

RWW states that the CFG President is a politician himself – U.S. Senator Pat Toomey.

CFG board members include Richard Gilder, formerly Chairman of the Manhattan Institute, and Thomas Rhodes, President of the conservative National Review magazine.  Rhodes is associated with a variety of right-wing organizations, including the Heritage Foundation.

The founder of the Club for Growth is Stephen Moore.

According to Right Wing Watch,  Moore is an editor and contributor to the National Review, and an economics correspondent for Human Events. He is also President of the Free Enterprise Fund.

Prior to starting the Club for Growth, Moore was the director of fiscal policy studies at the Cato Institute, and has stayed on as a “senior fellow.”  He also served at the right-wing Heritage Foundation and he was an aide to Republican Representative Dick Armey.

Opensecrets.org writes they were founded in 1999 and are a conservative political action group (PAC) that seeks to promote public policies that support a conservative economic agenda.

“The Club for Growth accomplishes its mission by raising money through its political action committee and donating it to candidates that adhere to this vision,” writes Right Wing Watch

So, long story short, the Club for Growth takes donations and then gives that money to politicians as campaign contributions. They will only support those want to implement their right-wing conservative agenda – lower taxes (for the rich), “entitlement reform” (e.g., cutting social security), free trade (like the TPP), school reform and vouchers (i.e., de-funding public schools), etc.

(Updated post)

http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/club-growth#sthash.FVpZVKsZ.dpuf

https://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/summary.php?id=D000000763

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