CONCORD – One of the leading conservative groups focusing on fiscal policy is beginning to weigh in on behalf of Republican 2nd District U.S. House candidate Marilinda Garcia.
The Club for Growth announced its endorsement of Garcia about a month ago. Today it announced a “six -figure TV ad campaign” starting tomorrow “throughout” the state, lauding Garcia, a four-term state representative, for opposing legislation that raised the state’s gasoline tax by 4 cents-a-gallon, or 22 percent, to 22 cents-a-gallon.
In a statement, Club for Growth president Chris Chocola said, “People in New Hampshire are hurting because their representatives in Concord have an addiction to higher taxes and spending.
“Fortunately, the people of New Hampshire have conservatives like Marlinda Garcia fighting for them. Marilinda opposed the gas tax increase and voted against the budget written by liberals in Concord. Concerned citizens should encourage Marilinda to keep standing strong against higher taxes,” Chocola said.
A Club for Growth spokesman said the pro-Garcia ad is issue advocacy being aired by Club for Growth, a 501-c:4 group.
Separately, according to Federal Election Commission filings, the Club for Growth Action PAC spent $5.7 million in the current cycle through June 30 and had $763,000 on hand entering the beginning of the third quarter on July 1.
Garcia, of Salem, faces former state Sen. Gary Lambert and James Lawrence of Hudson in the Sept. 9 primary. The winner will face Democratic U.S. Rep. Ann Kuster in the general election.
The ad can be viewed below: