Conservatives Form PAC to Elect Pro-Growth Candidates

By Bruce Sullivan | July 7, 2008 | 8:25 PM EDT

Washington ( - Citing their disappointment with the Republican controlled Congress on a number of key issues, a group of conservative economists and activists announced Monday the formation of a new political organization called the Club for Growth that is dedicated to electing candidates from either party who favor tax cuts, school choice, less government waste and personal investment of Social Security.

"Most of us believe that electing a Republican Congress would bring about the kind of major policy reforms - tax cuts, school choice, less wasteful government and so on - that are so critical to advancing prosperity. We now know that was a naive hope," Club for Growth President Stephen Moore told

According to Moore, the Club for Growth will channel political contributions from voters who share their views on smaller government and supply-side economics to like-minded candidates in the hope of having them elected to Congress.

This approach said Moore, emulates the tactics of the liberal EMILY's list (Early Money is Like Yeast, it Rises), which uses the same method to fund pro-abortion candidates.

"Our model is EMILY's list, a membership organization comprised of 40,000 women across the country who care about abortion rights. That organization has provided million of dollars in contributions each year to pro-choice and often ultra-liberal candidates. The EMILY's list model will be successfully duplicated to help elect pro-growth candidates," said Moore.

Much in the same way that EMILY's list monitors the voting records to ensure its candidates remain true to the abortion cause, the Club for Growth will select candidates for their financial support based on their dedication to conservative economic issues.

The Club plans to take contributions from thousands of conservative donors and funnel them to 10-20 candidates in every two-year election cycle with the stated goal of tripling the number of supply-side Congressional Members in the next ten years.

According to Moore out of the approximately 270 Republicans currently in the House and Senate only about 50 meet the standards of the Club for Growth.