Conservative group to spend $1M in TV ads to target Trump

A conservative advocacy group said Tuesday it will spend at least $1 million on TV ads criticizing Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump in the early primary voting state of Iowa. Club for Growth President David McIntosh said the billionaire real-estate mogul and reality TV star would be "terrible on economic growth." He called Trump "the worst kind of politician," and the group's ad says he's playing voters "for chumps."

Trump has criticized the Washington-based Club for Growth as being bitter because he refused to give them a $1 million contribution.  "The silent majority is back. It is not silent. Maybe we should call it the noisy, the aggressive, the wanting to win -- wanting to win majority. That is what it s. We want to win. We are tired of being pushed around by incompetent people. We are sick and tired of what is happening. It is going to change," Trump told the crowd.

"You have a group that traditionally goes after establishment Republicans, and in this case, going after the outsider in Trump. The ads are making the case that Trump is not -- in their mind -- conservative enough," said FOX 35 political reporter Craig Patrick. "They mean try to attack Trump on issues and his record, making the point he is too far to the left of what base conservatives should want in their next president."

Many of trump's supporters, including the most conservative of supporters, realize Trump may not be as conservative as some of the other candidates, but they are gravitating toward him on the belief that he is not being bought and paid for by special interest groups.

For now, the Washington-based group is going it alone. Far larger pro-Republican operations -- including the Koch brothers-led Americans for Prosperity, GOP strategist Karl Rove's Crossroads groups and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce -- said they have no immediate plans to spend money trying to swat down Trump, who has in the past has identified himself as "more of a Democrat."

Similarly, the candidates themselves, and the super PACs trying to help them win, haven't put any money into a Trump-defeating effort on television. Instead, they said, their strategy appears to be to wait for Trump, the star of the political summer, to fade on his own.

Trump had spent only about $1.9 million -- most of it his own money -- through the end of June, according to the most recent fundraising reports filed with federal regulators. In that same time period, donors backing other Republican presidential candidates gave about $300 million, those reports show.

But the billionaire candidate has vowed to spend whatever it takes to win the GOP nomination, meaning that even the best-funded opponents or Republican groups could find themselves financially overmatched.


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