And North Carolina voters danced well to their tune:
In an otherwise quiet primary, money spoke loudly Tuesday. The biggest spender, The Club for Growth Action, was the most successful.
The Washington, D.C.,-based Super PAC spent $700,000 to defeat U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers in the 2nd District Republican primary. She was crushed by fellow Rep. George Holding, who moved in from the 13th District, 53 percent to 24 percent. Even an endorsement from Donald Trump couldn’t save Ellmers, who was not considered conservative enough by her opponents.
Conservatives have been gunning for Renee Ellmers for well over a year, so this spending might have been merely icing on the cake. But when you decide to coronate a nobody, those dollars are critical:
The Club for Growth Action also lifted little-known Ted Budd with nearly $500,000 in advertising in the 13th District Republican primary. Budd, who lives on a Davie County farm, was touted for owning a gun shop, being conservative and never having run for office before. He led a 17-candidate field with 20 percent of the vote, nearly double the support for state Rep. John Blust and Guilford County Commissioner Hank Henning.
With low voter turnout, a crowded field and a new district, so much money could have a decisive impact for any candidate. So, who is Ted Budd? According to the Club for Growth Action, which made him a winner, he’s “a successful entrepreneur, a political outsider and ... the best economic conservative in the race.” Yet he has no public record by which to judge, unlike Blust, Henning and others.
I've read elsewhere that some people in this District received three different mailers promoting Budd, and not a single other mailer from any of the other candidates in the race. But I guarantee very few of those voters have any idea where Club For Growth got its money to buy those mailers, or why they did it. As usual, it's nothing but an outlet for wealthy individuals to increase the gap between the haves and the have nots:
Some of the Club’s top policy goals include:
Reducing income tax rates and repealing the death tax
Replacing the current tax code with a fair/flat tax
The full repeal of ObamaCare and the end of abusive lawsuits through medical malpractice/tort reform
Reducing the size and scope of the federal government
Cutting government spending and passing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the United States Constitution
Regulatory reform and deregulation
While they might be able to stroke Budd's ego by calling him an "entrepreneur," he is definitely not part of the club. Not enough zeros at the end of his annual income statement. But he also doesn't have the mental capacity to realize that, which makes him the perfect puppet.