Club for Growth

Club for Growth has reported spending a total of $7,327,956 on independent campaigning so far this year, with 100% benefiting Republican candidates. Back to group list.


The Club for Growth is an anti-tax group that has riled the Republican Party by supporting primary challengers against incumbent GOP lawmakers. The group has helped take down many moderate GOP lawmakers, including Maryland Rep. Wayne Gilchrest in 2008 and Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter in 2010.

Race Last week Two weeks ago Three weeks ago Total
Pennsylvania Senate
Opposing Joseph A. Sestak, Jr (D)
Opposing Arlen Specter (D)
Supporting Pat Toomey (R)
$614,391 $958,133 $75 $2,718,604
Colorado Senate
Opposing Michael F. Bennet (D)
Supporting Ken Buck (R)
$397,815 $1,743 $75 $1,011,193
Nevada Senate
Opposing Sue Lowden (R)
Opposing Harry Reid (D)
Supporting Sharron E. Angle (R)
$47,000 $1,530 $98 $810,527
South Carolina's 5th district
Opposing John M. Spratt Jr (D)
Supporting John Michael "Mick'' Mulvaney (R)
$0 $212,263 $0 $421,518
Florida Senate
Opposing Kendrick B. Meek (D)
Opposing Charlie Crist (I)
Supporting Marco Rubio (R)
$0 $0 $0 $337,877
Alaska Senate
Opposing Lisa Murkowski (I)
Supporting Joe Miller (R)
$0 $299,448 $13,315 $318,602
Oklahoma's 5th district
Supporting Kevin Calvey (R)
$0 $0 $0 $308,993
Wisconsin Senate
Opposing Russ Feingold (D)
Supporting Ronald Harold Johnson (R)
$0 $0 $0 $222,734
South Carolina's 3rd district
Supporting Jeff Duncan (R)
$0 $0 $0 $220,233
Arizona's 5th district
Opposing Harry E. Mitchell (D)
Supporting David Schweikert (R)
$151,365 $1,917 $0 $153,283
Michigan's 3rd district
Opposing Bill Hardiman (R)
Supporting Justin Amash (R)
$0 $0 $0 $133,635
Georgia's 9th district
Opposing Lee Hawkins (R)
Supporting Tom Graves (R)
$0 $0 $0 $123,752
Utah Senate
Opposing Robert F. Bennett (R)
$0 $0 $0 $113,631
Kansas's 1st district
Opposing James A. Barnett (R)
$0 $0 $0 $110,661
Tennessee's 3rd district
Opposing Charles J. Fleischmann (R)
Supporting Robin Smith (R)
$0 $0 $0 $110,405
South Carolina's 1st district
Opposing Paul Thurmond (R)
Supporting Tim Scott (R)
$0 $0 $0 $106,559
California's 11th district
Opposing Jerry McNerney (D)
Supporting David Jeffrey Harmer (R)
$65,149 $0 $75 $65,224
Kentucky Senate
Supporting Rand Paul (R)
$0 $1,093 $0 $37,209
Arizona's 8th district
Supporting Jesse Kelly (R)
$0 $1,689 $0 $1,689
Pennsylvania's 4th district
Supporting Keith J. Rothfus (R)
$0 $1,627 $0 $1,627
SOURCES: Federal Election Commission filings; Washington Post research

NOTE: Totals represent spending in calendar year 2010 and will change as new filings are made or information is amended. Data includes "electioneering communication" and electronically-filed "independent expenditure" spending reported to the Federal Election Commission. Spending on "issue ads" targeting candidates will not be included if it is more than 30 days before a primary or more than 60 days before the general election. "Weeks on list" shows the total number of weeks that a group or race has been in the top ten throughout the year.

By T.W. Farnam and Nathaniel Vaughn Kelso -- The Washington Post