The conservative activist group Club for Growth is launching the first in what could be a flood of campaign ads attacking Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump.
Club for Growth Action is spending $1 million to run two ads hitting Trump in Iowa, where he currently stands at 27% in the polling, compared to 5-5.7% for candidates like Jeb Bush and Scott Walker.
The first ad, “Politician” accuses Trump of holding Democratic positions and being “very liberal.”
The second, “One Hundred Percent,” says Trump has used eminent domain in order to confiscate private property in order to enrich himself.
This isn’t the first time Trump has feuded with Club for Growth. In 2011, Club for Growth attacked Trump’s book, The America We Deserve, because it contained proposals to tax the wealthy and use the funds from that to pay down on the debt, fund Social Security, while funding health care costs.
The group also attacked Trump earlier this year after he announced his campaign. David McIntosh, president of Club for Growth issued a press release noting, “Donald Trump is a great entertainer and developer, but his ideas of what to do as president won’t grow the economy,” and added, “It would also be unfortunate if he takes away a spot at even one Republican debate.”
Trump later pointed out that Club for Growth had solicited a $1 million donation from him and called for McIntosh to resign. Trump said, “I am appalled by Mr. McIntosh’s shameless pandering and blatant shakedown attempt, exposing him and the Club for Growth as a fraud.”
Club for Growth has generally saved its attacks for Democrats, and has been a force for years on the right pushing against progressive programs. They have opposed most of President Obama’s agenda, including the economic stimulus, health care reform, and climate change legislation. They spent about $12 million in the 2012 electoral cycle backing conservative candidates.