Club for Growth PAC

"Back to Vermont"
30-second ad run in Des Moines, Iowa  Jan. 7, 2004. 

Red Sea, LLC


Announcer off-screen: What do you think of Howard Dean's plans to raise taxes on families by nineteen hundred dollars a year?

Husband: What do I think?

Well, I think Howard Dean should take his tax hiking, government-expanding, latte-drinking, sushi-eating, volvo-driving, New York Times-reading...

Wife:  ...body-piercing, Hollywood-loving, left-wing freak show back to Vermont, where it belongs.

Husband: Got it?

Announcer: Club for Growth PAC is responsible for the content of this advertising.


On the screen:  Husband and wife walking from a barber shop. The husband speaks, then the wife.  Closes with text screen "Say NO to Howard Dean's GIANT TAX Increase."
Notes and Observations:  The Club for Growth reported it had "budgeted over $100,000 for this phase of the ad campaign."  According to the group's press release, "The new Club for Growth PAC ad is believed to be the first to use 'hard' dollars for a genuine issue ad as required by the new free speech restrictions in the recently adopted campaign finance legislation."  This ad was shot in Iowa. 

On Jan. 7, 2004 Gephardt for President campaign manager Steve Murphy released this statement on the Club for Growth television ad:

"The truth of the matter is, the Club for Growth's attack ad against Howard Dean has one purpose and one purpose only: to help Howard Dean. 

"The Club for Growth is fully aware that attacking a Democratic candidate during the nomination process with an over the top ad can do nothing but galvanize support for that candidate. 

"Howard Dean is the weakest Democratic candidate against George W. Bush and the Club for Growth knows that.   Their goal couldn't be more clear."