An hour ago I mused about what the Club for Growth, which has spent over a million dollars opposing Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), might do about the latest poll numbers to come out of the Pennsylvania Senate race that show him virtually tied with former Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.). A half hour later, Club for Growth Action, the new Super PAC formed by the Club that can solicit and spend unlimited amounts of money on independent ad expenditures, sent out an appeal to its supporters on behalf of Toomey, announcing it had responded by expanding its current ad buy in the state:
Pat Toomey isn’t some fair weather economic conservative who will abandon pro-growth principles when the pressure is on. Pat Toomey is a true believer, and a true friend to economic freedom.
Pat Toomey is the rare kind of dynamic leader who can persuade independent voters that the path to prosperity is through less government, lower taxes, and freer markets. He won’t only represent our principles, he will expand the number of Americans who hold them. [...]
Our new investment in the Pennsylvania Senate race is big, over $700,000, but we can and should make it bigger.
With your help today, we can add to our buy and put it on more stations in more markets from now until Election Day. Every dollar you can contribute is another audience, another market, another voter we can reach.
The Club for Growth was one of the first groups, along with the Democrat-leaning Commonsense Ten, to petition the FEC to form a Political Action Committee that could solicit unlimited contributions in the wake of court rulings on Citizens United and other court cases that followed it. The Club hasn’t been the biggest national player in this year’s election cycle, but it’s doubling down in a big way on its favorite candidate — and former president — in Pennsylvania, and it’s hoping to use its ability to raise unlimited cash from rich and corporate donors to its advantage.
“As you know, there are NO CONTRIBUTION LIMITS for Club for Growth Action, and it can accept both personal and corporate contributions,” Club for Growth president Chris Chocola reminds supporters in today’s appeal. “Every dollar you can spare is another dollar closer to victory.”
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