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Only about ten days before a straw poll in Ames, Iowa that several GOP candidates who are low in the polls are hoping can help them break out, one of those longshots, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee found himself on the defensive on two different issues. The Club for Growth, an influential anti-tax small government group, has launched ads in Iowa blasting Huckabee for supporting some tax hikes in Arkansas. The playful ad notes that a politician from Hope, Arkansas "raised taxes like there was no tomorrow" and implies the ad is describing another politician from that town, Bill Clinton, before declaring this "tax and spend liberal" is Huckabee.

Polls show Huckabee far down in the polls, but he, Kansas Senator Sam Brownback and former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson are among the candidates hoping to distinguish themselves with strong showings on August 11 in Ames. Except for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the leaders in the polls among Republican are not actively campaigning to win the straw poll. Nachama Soloveichik, a Club for Growth spokesman, said the group wanted to highlight a record on taxes from Huckabee that it does not approve of. In response, Chip Saltzman, Huckabee's campaign manager, noted in a statement that voters in Arkansas backed many of the tax increases through referendums. "We are flattered that the Club for Growth is recognizing the same momentum for our campaign that we are,"he said. "but saddened that they have again decided to shoot blanks instead of bullets by trotting out the same reckless and thoroughly discredited attacks that responsible journalists have repeatedly rebuffed."

Meanwhile, Brownback is blasting Huckabee for an e-mail a Huckabee supporter sent out that said evangelicals should oppose Brownback because he is Catholic, leading him to question Brownback's "discernment."

Huckabee's campaign responded that it had disavowed the supporter's remark, but Brownback's campaign has continued this line of attack. "The Huckabee campaign's response lacked a clear denunciation of the offensive contents of the email," Brownback's campaign said.

--Perry Bacon Jr.

By Post Editor  |  August 3, 2007; 6:00 AM ET
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fighterDC - you forgot to mention Tancredo is completely nuts.

I've seen him speak - he's the kind of guy who would have called my Italian great-grandparents WOPs.

Posted by: lurkingcanary | August 3, 2007 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Tom Tancredo is a true conservative. He would like to simplify the tax code and decrease the size of the government.

He is also pro-life, pro 2nd Amendment, and of course, his flagship is is refusal to grant amnesty to 20 million illegal aliens as well as securing the border.

Posted by: fighterDC | August 3, 2007 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Club for Growth is under FBI investigation for violating many FEC laws in the 2000, 2004 and 2006 elections.
On Sept. 19, 2005 the Federal Elections Commission ruled:
The Commission asks that the District Court find that the Club:

Failed to register as a political committee and as a result, failed to file periodic reports of its receipts and disbursement with the Commission;
Knowingly accepted prohibited corporate contributions and contributions exceeding the limitations established by the Act; and
Alternatively, made prohibited corporate expenditures.
Additionally, the Commission asks the Court to permanently enjoin the Club from violating the Act; order the Club to register and file disclosure reports with the FEC until it terminates its status as a political committee; order the Club to disgorge all excessive and prohibited contributions it has received since it became a political committee; and assess an appropriate civil penalty.

Then in June of 2006:
The Club asked the court to certify its June 5, 2006, decision for an interlocutory appeal. An interlocutory appeal allows an appellate court to review a lower court's decision prior to the final judgment in the case. Interlocutory appeals are rare, in part because the moving party, in this case the Club, has the burden to show exceptional circumstances that justify the expedited process. The court held that the Club failed to do so.

Of course Gonzo never allow this to go to court.
But this report should mention that ruling, whenever this criminal money laundering group in mentioned in the news.

Posted by: goofticket | August 3, 2007 8:31 AM | Report abuse

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