A report on Club for Growth

501(4) conservative organization active in the United States, with an agenda focused on cutting taxes and other economic policy issues.

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Lee in 2017

Mike Lee

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American lawyer and politician serving as the senior United States senator from Utah.

American lawyer and politician serving as the senior United States senator from Utah.

Lee in 2017
Mike Lee speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland on February 26, 2015.

He was endorsed by the Club for Growth, the Senate Conservatives Fund, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Official portrait, 2015

Justin Amash

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American lawyer and politician who served as the U.S. representative for from 2011 to 2021.

American lawyer and politician who served as the U.S. representative for from 2011 to 2021.

Official portrait, 2015
Amash at the 2019 Young Americans for Liberty Convention
Amash at the 2012 Liberty Political Action Conference
Amash speaking at the 2016 Young Americans for Liberty National Convention in Washington, DC

During the primary campaign he was endorsed by Betsy and Dick DeVos, the Club for Growth, Representative Ron Paul, and FreedomWorks PAC.

Virginia James

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Self-employed investor and conservative donor.

Self-employed investor and conservative donor.

James is a co-founder of The Club for Growth, to which she donated $700,000 in 2008.

Official portrait, 2019

Ted Cruz

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American politician and attorney serving as the junior United States senator for Texas since 2013.

American politician and attorney serving as the junior United States senator for Texas since 2013.

Official portrait, 2019
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Cruz in 2012 with his predecessor-to-be (Sen. Hutchison at right) and his future fellow senator from Texas (Sen. Cornyn at left)
Cruz presents a U.S. flag to World War II veteran Richard Arvin Overton during opening ceremony for outpatient clinic in Austin on August 22, 2013
Cruz with Venezuelan Chargé d'Affaires Carlos Vecchio
Cruz and then-President Donald Trump in 2019
Cruz speaking at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland
Ted Cruz in Nashua, New Hampshire, on April 17, 2015
Cruz at the 2016 Republican National Convention, July 20, 2016.
Cruz and President Donald Trump, after signing the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017
Cruz attended the opening of the US Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem in May 2018
Cruz with President Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September 2019
Cruz questions US Customs and Border Protection leaders on COVID-19 preparedness in March 2020
Ted Cruz and Judge Brett Kavanaugh in July 2018
Cruz with his wife, Heidi, at a rally in Houston, March 2015

Cruz was endorsed first by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and then by the Club for Growth, a fiscally conservative political action committee; Erick Erickson, former editor of prominent conservative blog RedState; the FreedomWorks for America super PAC; nationally syndicated radio host Mark Levin; Tea Party Express; Young Conservatives of Texas; and U.S. Senators Tom Coburn, Jim DeMint, Mike Lee, Rand Paul and Pat Toomey.

Club for Growth Action

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Independent-expenditure only committee or Super PAC with a stated mission of "defeating big-government politicians and replacing them with pro-growth, limited government conservatives."

Independent-expenditure only committee or Super PAC with a stated mission of "defeating big-government politicians and replacing them with pro-growth, limited government conservatives."

Founded in August 2010, Club for Growth Action is an arm of the Club for Growth.

Official portrait, 2018

Pat Toomey

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American businessman and politician serving as the junior United States senator for Pennsylvania since 2011.

American businessman and politician serving as the junior United States senator for Pennsylvania since 2011.

Official portrait, 2018
Pat and his wife Kris Toomey in 1999
Congressman Toomey's official portrait.
Toomey speaking at CPAC in March 2014.
Toomey's 112th Congress portrait
U.S. Senate candidate Pat Toomey addresses the Philadelphia Tea Party on April 18, 2009.

From 2005 to 2009, he served as president of the Club for Growth.

Tim Huelskamp

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American politician who was the U.S. representative for from 2011 to 2017.

American politician who was the U.S. representative for from 2011 to 2017.

Huelskamp was endorsed by the Club for Growth, Mike Huckabee, Conservative Leadership PAC, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, Ron Paul and Ken Blackwell.

2016 Republican Party presidential primaries

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Presidential primaries and caucuses of the Republican Party took place within all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories between February 1 and June 7, 2016.

Presidential primaries and caucuses of the Republican Party took place within all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories between February 1 and June 7, 2016.

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Governor Chris Christie polled highly until the 2014 "Bridgegate" scandal. He suspended his campaign after falling below the threshold in New Hampshire.
Despite holding an unsteady lead in most of 2014 and early 2015, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was unable to garner popular support and suspended his campaign following the South Carolina primary.
Donald Trump's poll numbers surged as he entered the race and he held a strong lead entering the primary season. After losing Iowa to Cruz, Trump won the next three February primaries.
Although Carly Fiorina rose in the polls after the second debate, she failed to capitalize on her momentum and faded quickly. She ultimately suspended her campaign after New Hampshire. She briefly served as Cruz's running mate from April 27 to May 3, until Cruz suspended his campaign as well.
Governor Scott Walker surprised many political observers when he announced the suspension of his campaign on September 21, 2015, in Wisconsin.
An autumn surge had former neurosurgeon Ben Carson polling even with Trump at one point, but his support decreased significantly following the terrorist attacks in Paris, which highlighted Carson's perceived inexperience on foreign policy. He later suspended his campaign after four last-place finishes on Super Tuesday and endorsed Trump in response to Fiorina endorsing Cruz.
Senator Ted Cruz saw a steady rise in the polls following the CNBC debate in late October. He began the election cycle with a win in Iowa and dropped out after being defeated by Trump in Indiana.
Ohio Governor John Kasich, shown here in Nashua, New Hampshire, finished second in New Hampshire after holding over 100 town hall meetings. He won his first and only state on March 15 in Ohio. He suspended his campaign on May 4.
Marco Rubio was considered a leading candidate for both establishment and tea party constituencies, polling in the top three in late 2015 and early 2016. He won his first state on Super Tuesday, capturing Minnesota. After a loss in his home state of Florida, he suspended his campaign on March 15, 2016.
Mike Huckabee at a book signing.
Trump speaks at Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona.
U.S. States by the Total Number of Delegates (Republican Party).
Delegate allocation rules by state and territory
Schedule of primary elections, by month and/or date
States holding primaries or caucuses on Super Tuesday, 2016:
Primary or caucus; delegates bound and allocated
Non-binding poll or caucus; delegates allocated later
Primary or caucus already held

As a Trump nomination became even more likely, the Club for Growth and other backers of the Stop Trump movement began adopting increasingly drastic strategies to derail his nomination, including all-out opposition to him in Wisconsin, seen as one opportunity to deny him the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the nomination.

David Schweikert

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American politician and businessman serving as the U.S. representative for since 2013.

American politician and businessman serving as the U.S. representative for since 2013.

Congressman Schweikert speaking at a rally in August 2014.

Several organizations endorsed Schweikert in the election, including the primary: Club for Growth, the Arizona Police Association, Arizona Right to Life, and the Arizona Medical Association.

Robert Mercer

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American hedge fund manager, computer scientist, and political donor.

American hedge fund manager, computer scientist, and political donor.

Mercer has given $750,000 to the Club for Growth, $2 million to American Crossroads, and $2.5 million to Freedom Partners Action Fund.