WASHINGTON – Tim Phillips had some straight talk for fellow “freedom fighters” who gathered in an Iowa restaurant in April.
Their side lost the first few months of the “big, big battle” going on in Washington as Congress passed a $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package, said Phillips, head of the fiscally conservative group Americans for Prosperity. But it’s still possible to stop the more than $4 trillion in additional spending that President Joe Biden has proposed.
“In the next few months, Washington, D.C., is going to be making some decision that could literally dramatically transform our country,” Phillips said as he urged the gathering of more than 160 people to “do more than you’ve ever done before.”
That meeting, held in the district of Rep. Cindy Axne, a moderate Democrat who is among the top targets for Republicans in the midterm elections, was the first of more than 100 events around the country that AFP has in the works for a major campaign that kicks into gear next week.
In details provided first to USA TODAY, the group’s “End Washington Waste: Stop the Spending Spree” campaign also includes multi-million dollars in advertising to pair with the planned rallies, townhalls, phone banks and door-to-door canvassing.
“This spending spree we’re seeing out of Washington, D.C., is both unprecedented and unsustainable,” Phillips told USA TODAY.
Even with the influx of cash and mobilization of a nationwide network, it remains to be seen…