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Club for Growth tightens screws on Ellmers

POLITICO reports this week that David McIntosh, president of the conservative nonprofit Club for Growth, singled out U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers as a potential target for a more conservative challenger in next year’s primary election.

“She’s gotten way out of touch with the conservative base that elected her,” McIntosh said.

McIntosh told POLITICO his organization will be targeting members of Congress they support or oppose. He mentioned Ellmers’ 2nd Congressional District in particular.

It’s no surprise, since McIntosh’s group has been running ads criticizing the Dunn Republican and other Republican representatives across the country for their support of the Export-Import Bank. To counter that, a conservative nonprofit group called Main Street Advocacy responded with ads thanking Ellmers for supporting the bank.

The Ex-Im Bank is a federal agency that helps companies sell their products overseas. It has become a target for some conservatives, who see it as corporate welfare. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports it.