Frequently Asked Questions
Candidate Selection Process:
- How does the Club’s PAC select candidates to endorse?
- Does the Club’s PAC look at social issues when considering a candidate endorsement?
- How can a potential candidate contact the Club?
- How can I suggest a candidate for possible endorsement by the Club’s PAC?
- Does the Club’s PAC make local or state-level candidate endorsements?
- How does the Club feel about the Fair Tax versus the Flat Tax?
- What does the Club think about so-called “Fair Trade”?
- Are all tax cuts the same?
- How can I learn more about the economic principles that the Club supports?
Being a Club Member:
- If 100% of my candidate donations go directly to the candidates, how does the Club make money?
- What if I want to send a donation to a candidate the Club’s PAC hasn’t endorsed?
- Why does my credit card not get charged instantly for candidate contributions (unlike Club donations)?
- Why can't I use PayPal when I donate to candidates?
- What are my contribution limits?
- Will my contributions be publicly disclosed?
- Why do I have to log in to donate? It's extremely annoying.
- I have a lot of friends that should be members of the Club—how can I get information to them about the Club?
- How can I get more of those delightful green stickers? I go through them so quickly.
- What is the difference between contributing to the Club’s PAC and to the candidates and to the Club itself? How is that money used?
- Are my contributions to the Club for Growth tax-deductible?
- How can I include the Club for Growth in my will or trust?
Candidate Selection Process:
How does the Club for Growth PAC select candidates to endorse?
The Club for Growth takes a rigorous approach to researching candidates for our members who have access to Club for Growth PAC recommendations. We thoroughly examine a candidate's record on economic growth issues and conduct an in-depth interview. We research news coverage of the candidate and examine his background for possible flaws that could affect his candidacy. We determine, often with our own polling, whether the candidate has a real shot at winning. How does this race and candidate compare to the other races around the nation? Our due diligence on behalf of Club for Growth members can take weeks or even months.
Candidates should respect our independence as our PAC often makes Independent Expenditures. These are defined by the FEC as follows: "An independent expenditure is an expenditure for a communication 'expressly advocating the election or defeat of a clearly identified candidate that is not made in cooperation, consultation, or concert with, or at the request or suggestion of, a candidate, a candidate’s authorized committee, or their agents, or a political party or its agents.'" Therefore a candidate should not make requests or provide any non-public information about his campaign.
Does the Club for Growth PAC look at social issues when considering a candidate endorsement?
No, a candidate's stand on social issues does not affect our evaluation of a candidate for possible endorsement by the Club for Growth PAC.
How can a candidate contact the Club for Growth for an interview?
Please call us at (202) 955-5500 and ask for Stacy French. Since we receive so many candidate interview requests, we prioritize only for those races in which we believe an endorsement by the Club for Growth PAC is possible. So even though we encourage candidates to call us, we may delay an interview until we believe a candidate is viable or deny meeting requests.
How can I suggest a candidate for possible endorsement by the Club for Growth PAC?
Please contact us here. Since we receive so many candidate suggestions, we urge you to provide as much information as possible as to why you like the candidate. Do not provide us with inside information that comes from a campaign. You may only send us information that is publicly available.
Does the Club for Growth’s PAC make local or state-level legislative candidate endorsements?
No. It only endorses federal candidates.
How does the Club feel about the Fair Tax versus the Flat Tax?
While both the Fair Tax (a national sales tax) and the Flat Tax have advantages and disadvantages, we consider both of them to be vast improvements over the current tax code. The Club supports both of them.
What does the Club think about so-called “Fair Trade”?
"Fair Trade" is a buzz phrase sometimes used in defense of taxes on imports or restrictions on imports. When the government erects trade barriers/enacts subsidies/passes regulations in the name of protecting labor or the environment, it is picking winners and losers, which is decidedly unfair. Only when the government is removed from the voluntary exchange of goods and services is trade truly fair.
Are all tax cuts the same?
No. Tax cuts related to capital and income pack the biggest punch to increase economic growth. Other tax cuts, like those on cigarettes, alcohol, or cars, have very little pro-growth effects. In other words, a $1 billion tax rate increase on income coupled with a $1 billion tax cut on cigarettes would be seen as "revenue neutral" by the government. But in its effect on the economy, we view it as anti-growth because the tax hike on income would have a much more negative effect on the economy than the tax cut might help it.
How can I learn more about the economic principles that the Club supports?
Being a Club Member:
If 100% of my candidate donations go directly to the candidates, how does the Club make money?
The Club's advocacy work for economic freedom is financed by donations to the Club for Growth itself. Club members can give unlimited donations to the Club for Growth. Club members may also give limited amounts to the Club for Growth PAC and to the Club for Growth PAC-endorsed candidates (see the question about contribution limits below).
What if I want to send a donation to a candidate the Club for Growth’s PAC hasn’t endorsed?
All Club member contributions to candidates are voluntary. As a service to our members we welcome any donation you wish to make to any candidate, regardless of the Club PAC's endorsement. This allows Club members to have the convenience of sending all their candidate donations to one address. It's simple to do and it's easier on record-keeping. However, we urge Club members to understand the risks of giving to candidates who have not been endorsed by the Club's PAC. Many candidates who send out solicitations either don't need the money because they'll be easily elected or re-elected or their chances are so slim that donations will be a waste of your resources. If a Club member is considering a donation to a non-Club-PAC endorsed candidate, we urge them to call the Club for Growth to get our opinion of the candidate and the race.
Why does my credit card not get charged instantly for candidate contributions (unlike Club donations)?
For a variety of reasons, the Club's PAC doesn't process credit card contributions for candidates. Instead, we forward the donations directly to the candidate who then processes them. Therefore, it may take a few days to see it on your credit card statement.
Why can't I use PayPal when I donate to candidates?
Because candidate campaigns process your transaction (see above), we can't use PayPal, which processes your donation immediately. However, PayPal is available for member donations to the Club and to the Club's PAC.
What are my contribution limits?
As an individual, you can give $2,500 per candidate per election, and Club members may donate up to $5,000 per calendar year to the Club's PAC. Election cycle limits and other details can be found on the FEC's website. Donations to the Club for Growth are unlimited but such donations may not be earmarked for election activities.
Will my contributions be publicly disclosed?
It depends on the amount donated and the recipient. The FEC requires that all candidates and PACs itemize donations at $200 or above. Donations to the Club for Growth are not publicly disclosed.
Why do I have to log in to donate? It's extremely annoying.
Federal election laws require that you must be a member of the Club before we can allow you to support the work of the Club's PAC or make a contribution to the candidates the Club's PAC has endorsed. We're sorry we have to make you go through the hassle of logging in and remembering a password, but our lawyers advise that we must do this to comply with these laws (blame it on McCain-Feingold).
I have a lot of friends that should be members of the Club—how can I get information to them about the Club?
The easiest way to do that is online. As a Club member logged into the website, please click on "Invite Friends to Join" in the right margin. If you'd rather do it over the phone, please contact the Club at (800) 784-2741 and ask for Stacy French.
How can I get more of those delightful green stickers? I go through them so quickly.
Please contact us here and write "Request Green Stickers" in the body of the email along with your name and mailing address.
What is the difference between contributing to the Club’s PAC and to the candidates and to the Club itself? How is that money used?
Donations to the Club for Growth are used to support our work to promote public policies that encourage a high growth economy primarily through legislative involvement, issue advocacy, research, training and educational activity. Donations to the Club for Growth PAC are used for political purposes such as running TV ads as independent expenditures urging voters to elect or defeat a candidate for Congress. Donations to the candidates are obviously for candidates' campaigns and are forwarded directly to the campaign along with contributions from other Club members.
Are my contributions to the Club for Growth tax-deductible?
No. The Club advocates for pro-growth laws and is a 501(c)(4) organization under IRS laws. As such, donations are not tax-deductible.
There are no limits to how much you can contribute to Club for Growth. Individual and corporate checks are premitted.
While we accept corporate contributions, we cannot accept contributions from the general treasury of a labor oganization, a national bank, a federal government contractor, or a foreign entity. Contributions cannot be accepted from a foreign national who lacks permanent resident status in the United States. Only United States citizens or green card holders who live in the United States may contribute. Donations may be used for political purposes such as supporting or opposing candidates. No funds will be earmarked or reserved for any political purpose.
How can I include the Club for Growth in my will or trust?
We know it's a sensitive topic, but a number of Club members have asked about naming the Club as a beneficiary in their wills or trusts. We're most appreciative of the gifts these members intend to leave at the time of their death which will help us carry on and even expand our mission to promote economic freedom. For more information, please contact Erika Sather at (800) 784-2741.