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Club for Growth TV ad hits ‘registered lobbyist’ Katie Britt over state gas tax hike

Yellowhammer News has obtained a television advertisement prepared by Club for Growth Action which takes aim at Republican U.S. Senate candidate Katie Britt.

The 30-second spot goes on the offensive against Britt over her former service as CEO of the Business Council of Alabama (BCA) when she publicly supported the 2019 state gas tax increase.

Club for Growth Action is the political action committee affiliated with the Washington, D.C.-based Club for Growth, which has endorsed U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) in Alabama’s 2022 U.S. Senate race.

“A lobbyist – they don’t all look like this,” says the ad narrator while an image displays of a man smoking a cigar before panning to a photo of Britt. “Some look like this. Yep, Katie Britt was a paid registered lobbyist. And what did Britt lobby for? Britt backed Alabama’s $300 million gas tax hike, boosting the price of gas ten cents on every gallon you put in your tank. Lobbyist Katie Britt – part of the pain at the pump – a costly mistake for Senate.”

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When asked for comment by Yellowhammer News, Britt campaign spokesman Sean Ross labeled the ad “disingenuous” and took shots at GOP primary opponents U.S. Army veteran Mike Durant and U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville).

“This is another disingenuous ad from the original Never Trump club in Washington, D.C.,” stated Ross. “Katie will never vote to raise taxes in the U.S. Senate, and she was proudly the first candidate in this race to make that pledge with the people of Alabama by signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. It’s a shame that California-funded government contractor Mike Durant still hasn’t made that commitment, and it’s certainly worth noting that the only candidate in this race to ever vote to raise taxes is Congressman Mo Brooks, who has voted to raised taxes well over 100 times over the course of his 40-year political career.”

“Katie’s momentum continues to grow strongly on the trail every day, which is why her opponents have resorted to all kinds of desperate smears,” added Ross. “Alabamians know that Katie is the best candidate to fight for the America First agenda, defend our Christian conservative values, and preserve the American Dream for our children and our children’s children.”

Club for Growth did not offer additional detail to Yellowhammer News’ request for information relating to the ad purchase.

Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL

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