LITTLE ROCK — The Club for Growth on Thursday began running a television ad in the Fort Smith and Little Rock markets calling on U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Hot Springs, to support ending the Export-Import Bank.

LITTLE ROCK — The Club for Growth on Thursday began running a television ad in the Fort Smith and Little Rock markets calling on U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Hot Springs, to support ending the Export-Import Bank.


The conservative advocacy group said the ad is part of a $1 million campaign, including television and digital advertising, urging members of Congress to oppose extending the charter of the 81-year-old bank, the United States’ official export credit agency. The charter expires June 30.


"Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama support the crony capitalist Ex-Im Bank," the ad states. "It spends billions of tax dollars on just a handful of giant corporations. It’s been called a petri dish of corruption and graft. Leading conservatives oppose it. So, Congressman Bruce Westerman, what do you think? Oppose wasting our money on the Export-Import Bank."


Westerman said Thursday in a statement, "I appreciate feedback from constituents, business owners, and groups interested in the work being done in Congress. At this point, no bill has been scheduled for a vote that would repeal, modify, or renew the charter for the Export-Import Bank.


"I believe there are issues with Ex-Im that need to be addressed, including whether or not it should remain, but to take a firm position on this issue before I have had adequate time to work through the legislative process, and make a rational decision would not be in the best interest of my constituents or our country’s future," he said.


Also Thursday, the Club for Growth released a similar ad in Tennessee targeting Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn. Previous ads have targeted representatives in Texas, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.