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Club for Growth Looks to Drain Arlen Specter's Coffers

Friday, 26 Jun 2009 10:34 AM

By Jim Meyers

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The anti-tax Club for Growth is seeking to torpedo Republican-turned-Democrat Arlen Specter's re-election effort by draining money from his campaign coffers.

Specter's likely Republican rival in next year's Senate race in Pennsylvania, former Rep. Pat Toomey, was until recently the president of the Club for Growth

The organization's political action committee wants to contact contributors who gave money to Specter's re-election campaign before he switched parties in late April, and let them know they can ask for a refund, Politico reports.

"Senator Specter agreed to return the contributions he received before switching parties, and we want to help him make good on that commitment," said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola, a former Indiana congressman.

The Club could get donor information from the Federal Election Commission database, but the FEC has a restriction against using its published material to solicit donations.

However, the Club has asked for an FEC advisory opinion, arguing that it would not actually be soliciting money from donors but urging them to ask for a refund.

Toomey became president of the Club after losing to Specter in his campaign to win the GOP senate nomination in 2004. He stepped down from the post on April 13, two days before announcing his candidacy for Specter's seat.

The Club for Growth advocates limited government, lower taxes, less government spending, fair-trade. It was founded in 1999 and now claims over 40,000 members.

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