The fiscally conservative Club for Growth is up with its newest ad hitting Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) on spending, marking the start of a big-budget campaign to defeat him.
"When Dick Lugar moved to Washington 35 years ago the national debt was less than a trillion dollars. Now it's over $15 trillion," the ad's narrator says. "What's Lugar done? He voted for higher gas taxes and Social Security taxes. He voted to bail out Wall Street and Fannie Mae and opposed Republicans when they tried to stop wasteful spending like the Bridge to Nowhere. Call Dick Lugar. Tell him: No more tax hikes and no more debt."
Lugar is facing Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R), a serious challenger popular with the Tea Party. But Mourdock has struggled with fundraising and if Lugar loses, it will be because groups like the Club for Growth spend heavily against him.
It's likely this will happen: The Indiana political newsletter Howey Politics Indiana reports the group plans to spend $1.8 million against him between now and the early-May primary.
Club for Growth spokesman Barney Keller told The Hill that the total budget against Lugar "has not been determined, but it is substantial."
Other groups backing Mourdock include the National Rifle Association and FreedomWorks.
Watch the ad here: