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D.C. Club for Growth airs ad for Oklahoma's Kevin Calvey in congressional race

Message echoes Calvey's claim that experience matters.
BY CHRIS CASTEEL Published: August 19, 2010

— Club for Growth, the Washington-based group that supports limited government and lower taxes, poured $149,000 into Kevin Calvey's congressional campaign in the past few days, with much of it going to a television ad that touts Calvey's experience fighting liberal policies.

The money was spent by the club's political action committee, which has put just over $160,000 into its efforts for Calvey since the July 27 primary, according to Federal Election Commission reports.

Calvey, of Oklahoma City, is facing James Lankford, of Edmond, in Tuesday's runoff for the Republican nomination for the 5th Congressional District seat.

Though Club for Growth cannot by law coordinate its efforts with Calvey's campaign, the group has been echoing Calvey's runoff message — that Calvey, a former state lawmaker who wrote legislation to cut taxes, has the experience that Lankford, a political newcomer, lacks.

The club, which got heavily involved in Sen. Tom Coburn's race in 2004, endorsed Calvey last year, as it did in Calvey's unsuccessful run for the seat in 2006. Club for Growth members across the country have donated tens of thousands of dollars directly to Calvey's campaign.

The club's political action committee also has spent money on direct-mail pieces promoting Calvey.

Mike Connolly, a spokesman for the group, said Wednesday that the endorsement "was and remains based on Calvey's proven and impeccable record of fighting for economic freedom and limited government, even if it means going against his own party."

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