TIM GRIFFIN (AR-02) Top Headlines

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After Big Gains in Arkansas, Did GOP Stumble on Medicare [Arkansas News, 5/29/11] Arkansas GOP freshmen look inside Beltway for early fundraising [Arkansas News, 4/24/11] Republicans Withdraw Support for Pickens Bill [Politico, 5/26/11] Defense Fund is Focus of Debate Over Earmarks [USA Today, 6/16/11] Tim Griffin Earns a Koch Payday [Arkansas Times, 7/22/11] At Town Halls, Griffin Grilled By Both Sides [Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 8/4/11] Discontent with Washington Could Spell Trouble for Incumbents [Arkansas News, 10/16/11]

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Griffin Voted to Disapprove of Raising Debt Limit In January 2012, the U.S. House voted on a symbolic measure against raising the debt limit amid polls showing approval of Congress at an historic low. “Representative Tim Griffin, an Arkansas Republican who supported last year’s deal, said he sees no contradiction between that vote and going on the record today against the increase.” [Bloomberg, 1/18/12] Suggested That Cutting Spending Alone Wouldn’t Matter to the Deficit In 2011, Griffin suggested that you could eliminate a lot of things but it wouldn’t matter to the deficit. “A lot of [the things] you think of as the federal government you could eliminate it and you still would be running a negative balance” [YouTube, 11/3/11] Griffin: “We have to put the CR process behind us” After voting for the March 15 CR, Tim Griffin said that Congress had to put the CR process behind them: “I am proud to vote for real cuts to federal spending totaling $6 billion, and there is much more to be done. I do not want to shut down the government. We need to end the cycle of short-term continuing resolutions, so it is important that our friends in the Senate come to

an agreement on a serious long-term solution like H.R. 1 passed by the House in February. At some point we have to put the CR process behind us so we can work on the FY2012 budget and save Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.” [Griffin official press release,
3/15/11]

Hoped Ryan Budget “Becomes Law” On CBS’s Face the Nation, Griffin said that “I certainly hope that what we’ve passed in the Ryan or the House budget, I hope that that becomes law at some point.” [CBS Face The Nation, 4/24/11] Griffin Denied Budget Privatizes Medicare or Creates Voucher System On CBS Face the Nation, Griffin admited that if “you’re under fifty-five, yes, there will be changes” to Medicare, but he denies that Republicans “do not privatize [Medicare] and there is not a voucher system.” Griffin said that he “ hears that a lot and it’s not true.” [CBS Face The Nation, 4/24/11] On KTHV, Griffin said “when I hear people say that this person or that person wants to destroy Medicare as we know it. I say Hog Wash.” Griffin Compared Medicare Plan to Members of Congress On KTHV, Griffin thought that the Ryan Medicare Budget plan will leave Medicare “as strong as ever” and compares plan to those of federal employees or Members of Congress. Griffin said, “For those under 55, Medicare is still going to be there. It's going to be as strong as ever, but it will be different. It will be like what federal employees have where you chose your insurance and the government pays and you pay in as a shared deal. It's not a voucher. You’re hear privatization. You're hearing vouchers. Nonsense. This is not privatization. It's like what Members of Congress and Federal Employees have and I've never heard privatize our health care called privatized.” [KTHV, 4/22/11] Arkansans Skeptical of Medicare Numerous Arkansas from Republican House Members’ district interviewed by the Arkansas News Bureau expressed skepticism about the Ryan Plan: “I think that the sickest people would not get the health care that they need,” said Pam Barton of Jonesboro, a pawn shop manager. “I think (Medicare) definitely needs to be tweaked, I think it needs lots of overhaul, but I don’t think the voucher system would work.” “I don’t think much of it,” said John Spann of Little Rock, who is retired and eligible for Medicare. “We’ve got a good system. Why change it?” Spann, who voted for Griffin in 2010, said the bill clearly is aimed at ending the program. “Even though they don’t say it is, it is,” he said. Kevin Woolman of Rogers, who runs an antique store with his wife, said he voted for Womack, R-Rogers, and he strongly opposes the federal health care overhaul signed into law last year by President Obama — “They’re mandating how you’re going to live,” he said — but he also opposes replacing Medicare with a voucher system. Woolman said he would support “an option in

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there for the public to go private, but just straight privatized, no. Insurance companies are thieves, there’s just no other way to put it.” David Pitman of Little Rock, who works for a sand company, said Medicare provides guaranteed coverage, but “with the vouchers, you’re going to have to go search (for private insurance). I don’t see it working.” Ed Tarvin of Elkins, a lawyer, said that “messing with Medicare is not OK.” When Republicans were wanting to privatize Social Security, just imagine after the crash of ‘08 where we would have been if that plan would have gotten through,” he said. Additionally, The Arkansas News Bureau noted that under Ryan’s plan “Medicare would not change for people who are now 55 or older, but everyone else would, upon reaching age 65, receive federal vouchers to purchase private health insurance instead of being insured through Medicare.” [Arkansas News Bureau, 4/24/11] Griffin: No Interest in Shutting Down the Government In February 2011, Crawford said “Nobody on our side has any interest in shutting down the government. Our interest is in getting the budget under control.” [Times Record, 2/22/11] Opposed Arkansas Construction Projects Due to Limited Funding During a 2011 town hall meeting, Griffin promised to fight for “legitimate funding for legitimate services” in Arkansas, but said there were projects in the state that should not have taken place because of funding limitations. As an example, he mentioned the pedestrian bridge across the Arkansas River. [The Saline Courier, 2/03/11] Pledged to Oppose Raising the National Debt without Spending Cuts During a 2011 town hall meeting, Griffin said, “I will not vote to raise the national debt limit as a standalone measure.” [The Saline Courier, 2/03/11] Griffin: Not Raising the Debt Ceiling Might be Disasterous According to the Arkansas News Bureau, Griffin “said not raising the debt ceiling by sometime in March might be immediately disastrous.” [Arkansas News Bureau, 2/07/11] Griffin Will Vote Against Debt Ceiling Without “Credible Plan” In April 2011, “Griffin said he would vote against raising the U.S. government's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling, expected to be reached in May, without a credible deficit-reduction plan. He said he was confident a plan would emerge in time to avoid a default.” [Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 4/22/11] Griffin a No Vote on Debt Ceiling

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In April 2011, Griffin did an interview with Talk Business and stated that “he was currently a "no" vote on raising the country's debt ceiling, but he did lay out philosophical terms for converting his position.” His philosophical terms included “some substantive, structural changes agreed to by the President and the Senate so that we can know that we're going to take that spending curve that is skyrocketing upward and start bending it down so that we can see some end to this mess." [Talk Business, 5/2/11] Griffin A “No” Vote on Debt Ceiling In May 2011, Tim Griffin voted against raising the debt ceiling saying that “I voted ‘No’ to raising the national debt limit and will remain opposed to raising it without serious structural spending reform. Neither the President nor Senator Reid has a plan to deal with the federal government’s out-of-control spending, but the House does. They should adopt the House’s reforms to save Medicare, reduce spending and encourage private-sector job creation. I understand the gravity of what is at stake and addressing the root cause of the debt—out-of-control spending—is the only way forward.” [Tim Griffin Press Release,
5/31/2011]

Confident in His Support for Ryan Plan In May 2011, Griffin criticized the Democrats and expressed his confidence in the Republican proposal put forward to reform Medicare. Griffin said that “The folks criticizing our action on Medicare, they’re not talking about their plan versus our plan, because they don’t have a plan. … If you want to destroy Medicare, you would keep it just as it is because Medicare goes bankrupt in about a decade.” According to Arkansas News, he also made a positive prediction about the 2012 elections, saying that “Over the next year people will get all the facts, and I believe that we ultimately will be seen as we are, which is trying to solve a very difficult problem.” [Arkansas News, 05/29/2011] Added Controversial Amendments to Defense Authorization Bill In May 2011, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Griffin added a number of controversial amendments to the Defense Authorization Bill. According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette , the first added amendment “would require the Secretary of Defense and the director of national intelligence to be consulted when alien suspects are arrested on terrorism charges.” The second and third amendments “would increase spending on flight simulators, similar to those used at Little Rock Air Force Base to train C-130 pilots, and to require the Pentagon to update Congress as it revamps its financial-auditing process.” President Obama called Griffin’s terror-suspect language “problematic and unnecessary” and said that "This provision would undermine, rather than enhance, this coordination by requiring institutions to assume unfamiliar roles and could cause delays in taking into custody individuals who pose imminent threats to the nation's safety." [Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 05/27/2011] Pushed for More Responsible DOD Spending In July 2011, Griffin pushed for greater DOD reform, asking the Defense Department to be more responsible with taxpayer money.

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Griffin explained that “Over the past two decades, DoD has attempted broad reforms to improve its financial management; however, the Government Accountability Office stated that efforts have not resulted in any resolution to long-standing financial management weaknesses. There continue to be numerous federal programs and operations within DoD that are at a high-risk of vulnerability to waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement.” [Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 7/7/2011] Had Unusually High Amount of Calls Due to Debt Ceiling In July 2011, Griffin’s office reported that they had “received an unusually high number of calls and emails from constituents concerned about the debt issue, since the president and House Speaker John Boehner addressed the nation Monday night.” Griffin explained that “I’m hearing from all sides…Some people say get some sort of resolution as soon as possible, while other folks say stand firm.” [KUAR, 7/27/2011] Indirectly Called Out by Governor of Arkansas In July 2011, Gov. Mike Beebe of Arkansas said that Republicans are so entrenched that they’re ready for the country to default. According to Beebe, They are apparently so entrenched that they’re ready to allow this country to default, with all of the economic consequences that that brings with it…They’re up to the licklog, and they’d better sit down and figure out how they solve this problem.” He also concluded that “it sounds to me like it’s the Republican majority in the House that has just drawn a line in the sand.” [Arkansas Times, 7/27/2011] Supportive of Boehner Debt Plan In July 2011, a number of freshman Republicans, including Griffin, announced that they would vote in favor of the Boehner Debt Plan. According to the SW Times, “Womack, Griffin and Crawford appeared Thursday morning at a news conference aimed at dispelling rumors that the 87-member freshman class was cemented to a “cut, cap and balance” bill that passed the House last week only to be shelved by the Senate on Friday.” Griffin explained that “the ’vast majority’ of Republican freshmen would support Boehner’s bill even though it was not everything they desired.” [SW Times, 7/29/2011] Voted In Favor of Boehner Budget Control Act In July 2011, Griffin voted for the Boehner Budget Control Act. Griffin explained that “Speaker Boehner’s plan moves us forward by resolving the debt ceiling issue and addressing our ballooning debt. It’s not perfect, but it is a good bill that offers the Senate and President Obama a common-sense proposal: It cuts spending now, imposes caps on future spending, sets up a path

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forward on entitlement reform, calls for a balanced budget amendment and doesn’t raise taxes on America’s job creators at a time when jobs are scarce.” [Griffin Press Release, 7/29/2011] Focused on the wrong issues? In August 2011, Griffin expressed surprises that constituents weren’t more interested in talking about the debt ceiling. According to Griffin, “I was shocked. Although I talked a lot about the debt ceiling, there wasn’t a lot of talk about the debt ceiling [from constituents]…I thought that would dominate the discussions and it just didn’t … [People asked about] jobs, taxes and our debt.” [The Hill, 8/7/2011] Said That He Didn’t Want to Roll the Dice In August 2011, Griffin told a group of constituents that he was not happy with the debt ceiling deal but did not want to roll the dice on what may have happened. Griffin explained that "I was not happy with it. I did not celebrate it. I did not think it would structurally change our trajectory of spending." [AR State Wire, 8/5/2011] According to Talk Business, "I was worried about August 2nd," Griffin said in reference to a projected deadline for defaulting on U.S. debt. "I was worried about the impact that it was going to have on world markets, our credit rating and even our interest rates we pay on our loans on our debt. If that goes up a little bit, it will erase a lot of the things we've been trying to do to get our budget and our spending in order." [Talk Business, 8/4/2011] Griffin Said He Consistently Votes to Cut Spending In August 2011, at a town hall, Griffin explained how he consistently votes to cut spending. He said, “You can look at my record and you will see that I have consistently voted to cut spending. That’s what I’ve done. I’ve gotten attacked for it, but that’s what I said I was going to do and that’s what I’ve done…We need to continue to find inefficiencies and cut spending… But the part that’s really getting us is the other part (mandatory spending). That can’t be changed unless if we actually go in and change it. It’s called mandatory spending…If we don’t deal with the mandatory side that’s where the real problem comes. ” [Griffin Conway Town Hall 8:10, uploaded 8/4/11] Griffin Said He Was Willing to Work with President Obama On September 8, 2011 Rep. Griffin issued this response to President Obama’s joint Congressional address on jobs. Griffin’s press office released the following, “First and foremost, the Congress should work with the President on points where we can agree. We must stop excessive regulation, reform our tax code so we can remain competitive with other countries, and expand our domestic energy production and make government live within its means. I am ready and willing to work with the President to tear down the barriers to private-sector job creation …If the President wants to strengthen the economy, he should
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encourage the Senate to pass more than a dozen pro-jobs, pro-growth bills that we in the House have already passed.” [Griffin Press Release, 9/8/2011]

Business and Consumer Issues
Withdrew Support for SOPA In January 2012, Griffin said he would remove himself as an original co-sponsor of the Stop Online Piracy Act following protests from Google and Wikipedia. “I pledged to take a second look at SOPA, and I did just that. I also said that I would not support a bill unless my constituents are comfortable with it. And I won’t,” Griffin said. “I considered every constituent opinion expressed. In this case, I am convinced that there has to be a better vehicle to protect American intellectual property than SOPA. Therefore, I have decided to withdraw my support for SOPA and remove my name as a co-sponsor.” [Arkansas News, 1/19/12] Griffin: Ad Attacks His Support for Corporate Loopholes In August 2011, House Majority PAC released an ad attacking Rep. Griffin’s continuous support for the super rich and big business. The ad said, “Announcer: Maybe you live here ( pictures of mansions[...]Or own one of these (private jets) […] If so, Congressman Tim Griffin just voted to give you a big tax cut [...]and for tax loopholes to keep corporate profits sky high. What about the rest of us? Griffin voted to end Medicare as we know it […] and to protect profits for companies that ship jobs to China. If you have to make millions to get our congressman's attention[...]It's time to find a new congressman. House Majority PAC is responsible for the content of this advertising.” [Youtube.com, accessed 8/12/11] Griffin: Received 63% from Heritage Action for America Based on 30 key votes from January-August 2011, Griffin received a 63% score from the Heritage Action for America. [Heritage Action for America, accessed 9/6/11]

Campaign Finance Issues
Griffin Took In Beltway Money According to the Arkansas News, Republicans in Arkansas’ U.S. House contingent have taped sources inside the Beltway sources in early efforts to reload their campaign coffers for re-election bids next year through forming joint fundraising events. “Griffin, a member of the Armed Services Committee, received $5,692 through ‘The Lucky 13 Joint Fundraising Committee,’ which distributed $94,745 to 13 Republican freshmen on the committee. The ‘Lucky 13’ funds were raised at a Feb. 15 dinner hosted by Armed Services Committee chairman Buck McKeon, R-Calif., and where invitations were sent to lobbyists for defense contractors and other potential donors.

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The Arkansas News reported that “Griffin collected $62,5019 from PACs. In all, he raised $177,170 including $55,600 from Arkansas residents. Griffin hosted two Capitol Hill fundraisers by himself in March. A March 3 breakfast sought $1,000 PAC contributions and a March 17 luncheon requested $2,500 from PACs.” [Arkansas News, 4/24/11] Griffin Filed 2011 July Quarterly FEC Report In July, Tim Griffin for Congress filed its 2011 July Quarterly FEC Report. In 2011, Griffin raised $330,055.25 in the 2nd quarter and has $253,390.32 cash on hand. He received $105,144.50 from PACs. Contributions of Note: Received $2,000 from Chevron Employees PAC. In both April and May 2011, Griffin received $1,000 from Chevron Employees PAC. [Tim Griffin for Congress 2011 July Quarterly FEC Report, filed 7/15/11] Received $10,000 from the Citizens United Political Victory Fund. In May 2011, Griffin received $10,000 from the Citizens United Political Victory Fund. [Tim Griffin for Congress 2011 July Quarterly FEC Report, filed 7/15/11] Received $1,000 from Halliburton. In April 2011, Griffin received $1,000 from Halliburton PAC. [Tim Griffin for Congress 2011 July Quarterly FEC Report, filed 7/15/11] Received $3,500 from Koch Industries. In June 2011, Griffin received $3500 from Koch Industries PAC. [Tim Griffin for Congress 2011 July Quarterly FEC Report, filed 7/15/11] Received $794.90 from the Lucky 13 Joint Fundraising Committee. In June 2011, Griffin received $794.9 from the Lucky 13 Joint Fundraising Committee. Griffin has received $6,345.52 total from the Lucky 13 Joint Fundraising Committee. [Tim Griffin for Congress 2011 July Quarterly FEC Report, filed 7/15/11] Received $2500 from the Majority Committee PAC. In April 2011, Griffin received $2500 from the Majority Committee PAC which is Kevin McCarthy’s leadership PAC. [Tim Griffin for Congress 2011 July Quarterly FEC Report, filed 7/15/11] Received $5000 from Murphy Oil. In June 2011, Griffin received $3000 from Murphy oil employees and $2000 from the Murphy Oil PAC. Expenditures of Note: Paid $135, 602 to OnMessage, Inc. In June 2011, Griffin paid $127,970.74 to OnMessage, Inc for radio and television advertising. Additionally, he made a payment of On Message, Inc. for $7631.26 in April 2011. [Tim Griffin for Congress 2011 July Quarterly FEC Report, filed 7/15/11]

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Made $8988.07 in Credit Card Payments. In his April Quarterly report, Griffin made $8988.07 in Visa Credit card payments. [Tim Griffin for Congress 2011 July Quarterly FEC Report, filed 7/15/11] Other Items of Note: Griffin Received $105,144.50 from PACs. In his July 2011 Quarterly FEC report, Griffin received $105,144.50 from PACs. This is 32% of his contributions. [Tim Griffin for Congress 2011 July Quarterly FEC Report, filed 7/15/11] Griffin Paid All Debts Owed by the Committee. In his April Quarterly report, Griffin had $177341.32 in debt. In his July 2011 Quarterly FEC report, he reported paying Marathon Strategic Communications, Split Rail Consulting, OnMessage, Inc. and JPMS Cox, PLLC to eliminate his debt. [Tim Griffin for Congress 2011 July Quarterly FEC Report, filed 7/15/11; Tim Griffin for Congress 2011 April Quarterly FEC Report, filed 4/15/11] Earned a $14,000 Koch Payday In June 2011, the Arkansas Times reported that Tim Griffin earned a $14000 Koch payday. “The Kochs have been spending heavily, including passing out $14,000 to PACs of House members after they dropped their co-sponsorship of the legislation. One of those favored with a Koch payday after he took his name off the bill: U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin of Little Rock.” [Arkansas Times, 7/22/2011] Griffin Reported At Least $15,000 of Credit Card Debt in 2010 According to his financial disclosure for calendar year 2010, Griffin reported that he had $15,000-$50,000 in credit card debt and incurred a $15,000-50,000 personal loan in October 2010. Additionally, Griffin reported an additional $15,000-$50,000 of credit card debt from January 2009-June 2010. [Tim Griffin 2011 Financial Disclosure, filed 5/27/11; Tim Griffin 2010 Financial Disclosure, filed 6/9/10] Griffin: Created Leadership PAC In August 2011, Rep. Griffin took the initial steps to great a new leadership PAC. Politico reported, “ Griffin filed paperwork to form a leadership PAC, which he’s calling Diamond PAC. Todd Hart of Little Rock, Ark., will serve as treasurer.” [Politico 8/11/11] Griffin: PAC to Help Elect Small Government Candidates In August 2011, Rep. Griffin discussed his newly created PAC entitled, Diamond PAC. Arkansas News reported that Griffin said, “’I want to help elect people who believe government ought to live within its means and who will advance a progrowth, pro-jobs policy[…]We have a historic opportunity to elect conservatives this cycle.’ Griffin, a veteran political operative before he was elected to represent the state’s2nd District last year, calls his committee Diamond PAC. He said he will use it to
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fund congressional candidates and Republicans running for the Arkansas General Assembly. The state delegation’s other Republican member, Rep. Rick Crawford of Jonesboro, does not have plans to start a PAC in the near future, according to Jonah Shumate, his chief of staff.[…] Griffin declined to say how much he hoped to raise. But he said he wants to go big.‘I wouldn’t have put this together if I didn’t want to make a significant impact,’ he said.”[Arkansas News, 8/18/11] Griffin Contributed $12,300 to NRCC In August 2011, Rep. Griffin contributed $12,300 to the NRCC. [Times Record, 8/14/11] American Crossroads Co-Hosts Event for Griffin
In September 2011, Griffin held a fundraiser with a board member of the conservative American Crossroads PAC, Jim Dyke. “Jim Dyke, secretary of American Crossroads, co-hosted a fundraiser for freshman congressman Tim Griffin, RArk. The other hosts were former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillispie and his wife. Gillespie and Karl Rove, the longtime senior adviser in the George W. Bush administration, encouraged the formation of American Crossroads and served as fundraisers for the group.”[Sunlight Foundation, 9/22/11]

Griffin’s 3rd Quarter 2011 FEC Report In October 2011, Re-Elect Tim Griffin For Congress Committee filed its October 2011 Quarterly FEC Report. Griffin raised $232,731.19 in the 3rd quarter of 2011, has $379,552.44 cash on hand and spent $110,680.51. Griffin received $68,421.30 from PACsand committee transfers. [Re-Elect Tim Griffin For Congress Committee, filed 10/14/11] Contributions of Note: Received $5,000 for Cantor’s Leadership PAC. In August 2011, Griffin received $5,000 from Every Republican is Crucial (ERIC PAC) which brings his cycle total to $10,000. Received $259.80 from Lamar Smith $1661.50 from McCarthy as In-Kind Contributions. In September 2011, Lamar Smith contributed $259.80 as an in-kind contribution for travel expense for a fundraiser. In September 2011, McCarthy contributed $1661.50 for an-kind travel expense. Received $10,000 from Security for America Fund II. In August and September 2011, Griffin received $10,000 from Security for America Fund II. Received $2,500 from Jeb Hensarling’s PAC. In September 2011, Griffin received $2,500 from the JEB Fund. Received $4,000 from the Gillespie Family. N September 2011, Cathy and Ed Gillespie each contributed $2,000. Expenditures of Note:

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Spent $30,227.48 on Consultants. From July-September 2011, Griffin Spent $30,227 on fundraising, communications and compliance consultants. Contributed $7,000 to NRCC. In July 2011 and September 2011, Griffin contributed $7,000 to the NRCC for the “young guns” and “Patriot Day.” Other Items of Note: Griffin received $68,421.30 from PACs and committee transfers. In his October 2011 Quarterly FEC report, Griffin received $68,421.30 from PACs and committee transfers. Griffin Raised $225,000 in 3rd Quarter 2011 In October 2011, Griffin reported raising $225,000 in the last three-month period pushing his fundraising total over $700,000 year-to-date. He will report about $370,000 cash on hand. A supermajority of his fundraising has come from in-state contributions, according to his campaign. [Talk Business, 10/11/11] American Crossroads’ Board Member and Fundraiser Co-Hosted Event for Griffin In September 2011, Griffin held a fundraiser with a board member of the conservative American Crossroads PAC, Jim Dyke. “Jim Dyke, secretary of American Crossroads, co-hosted a fundraiser for freshman congressman Tim Griffin, R-Ark. The other hosts were former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillispie and his wife. Gillespie and Karl Rove, the longtime senior adviser in the George W. Bush administration, encouraged the formation of American Crossroads and served as fundraisers for the group.” [Sunlight Foundation, 9/22/11] Griffin Linked to Koch Family Contributions In October 2011, it was reported that the Koch family “funneled more than $160,000 into efforts to elect” Griffin because he shares their “anti-government, anti-tax, anti-regulatory thinking.” The Tea Party is also supported by the Kochs, but the family has been accused of bribing foreign business, falsifying environmental data, and side-stepping prohibitions to conduct business with Iran. [Arkansas Times, 10/3/11]

Campaign 2012
Florida Today reported that Griffin Developed a List of Voters to Intimidate In January 2012, Florida Today reported that Griffin developed a list of voters to intimidate at the polls. “In 2004, Tim Griffin, research director for the Republican National Committee, developed a list of voters in predominantly black areas of Jacksonville, voters his campaign workers would intimidate at the polls. Fraud does exist in Florida, in the form of preventing citizens from voting.” [Florida Today, 1/9/12] Griffin Vulnerable in Polls

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In October 2011, a poll was released that showed Griffin’s hold on the second district was vulnerable. Only 44% of voters reported being willing to vote Griffin and 49% preferred to vote for someone else. In the 1st CD, 49% of voters had a negative opinion of Congressional Republicans and only 38% held a positive one. The 2nd CD is even worse for the GOP since 53% of voters have a negative opinion of Congressional Republicans and 36% have a positive view. [Talk Business, 10/26/11] Griffin Frustrated by Partisan Deadlock but Considered a Polarizing Figure Himself In September 2011, Griffin frustrated by partisan gridlock but polls show he was polarizing figure. “I am frustrated that we can’t get some of the big things that I believe need to be done to get the country back on track: Fundamental tax reform, regulatory reform and getting a plan that at least moves us toward paying down the debt. […] I met with constituents all day today, and I meet with them every time I’m home, and a lot of them share the same concerns and the same frustrations that I’ve got.” However, Griffin’s poll numbers suggest he himself is a polarizing figure. A poll found that 40 percent of voters in his district approved of his job performance — slightly better than Obama’s 36 percent approval rating statewide — and 35.5 percent disapproved. [Arkansas News Bureau, 9/28/11] Griffin Backed Romney for GOP Nomination In October 2011, Griffin announced that he would support Romney for the GOP nomination in 2012. It was also reported that Griffin will serve as chairman of Romney's Arkansas campaign and on the Romney campaign's national advisory council. [Arkansas Democrat, 10/5/11] Member of the NRCC Recruitment Team In July 2011, Roll Call reported that “House Republicans have signed 16 Members to their recruitment team this cycle, including 11 freshmen.” Roby is among the 16 recruited. [Roll Call, 7/28/2011] House Majority PAC Released Ad Criticizing Griffin In June 2011, the House Majority PAC released an ad against Griffin and his vote on the Paul Ryan Budget. The ad said that “Tim Griffin says he's committed to saving Medicare. But America's leading conservative newspaper -- The Wall Street Journal, reported the Republican budget Griffin voted for, quote, "would essentially end Medicare." That was on April 4th of this year. You can go to WSJ dot com and look it up for yourself. Seniors would have to pay sixty-four hundred dollars a year more to get the same benefits. The budget Tim Griffin voted for also cuts taxes for the wealthy by another trillion dollars. And that budget adds eight trillion dollars to the national debt over ten years. It's not about saving Medicare. Again, you can read it in The Wall Street Journal, quote, "the House Republican's budget cuts go to fund tax cuts that overwhelmingly benefit the rich."Tim, why not just tell us the truth?” [Youtube,
06/27/11]

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Congressional Office Issues
Called to End Congressional Pensions In November 2011, Griffin introduced legislation to terminate congressional pensions as part of a larger discussion to trim pension plans for all federal workers. Griffin declined his pension when he entered Congress and spoke out again pensions for members of Congress given the fiscal climate and absence of a private-sector pension system. [The Hill, 11/21/11] Member of Several House Caucuses As of November 2011, Griffin was a part of several House Caucuses including the General Aviation Caucus, the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, the Congressional Motorcycle Safety Caucus, the Congressional Waterways Caucus, the Congressional Turkey Caucus, the Congressional Community Health Center Caucus, the Congressional House Small Brewers Caucus, the Congressional Hunger Caucus, the House Hunger Caucus, and the Congressional Scouting Caucus. [griffin.house.gov, 11/23/11] Praised by Sean Hannity for working Against Establishment In December 2011, Sean Hannity praised Griffin in a tweet and said, “Talked to Rep. Tim Griffin today only in office 9 months and already working against the establishment and leading by example.”
[twitter.com, 12/6/11]

Griffin Led a Discussion on Congressional Reforms In January 2012, Griffin participated in a conference Call with No Labels to discuss No Label’s Make Congress work plan. [No Labels, accessed 1/25/12; No Labels Press Release, 1/23/12] Griffin Listed in Report Detailing His Attempt to Circumvent Earmark Ban. Although Republicans passed an earmark ban at the beginning of this Congress, Griffin’s addition of $25 million for simulator training facilities to the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act was “found to have the appearance of being an earmark.” Earlier this year, Griffin was one of three Members of Congress cited for using the $1 billion defense fund for a “backdoor earmark.” [USA Today, 6/16/11; Investigation of House FY2012 National Defense Authorization Act, 12/2011; 2012 NDAA Earmarks Report Data, accessed 12/12/11] Griffin Gets Earful at Town Hall In an August 2011 town hall, Rep. Griffin fielded questions and comments from his constituents. According to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, “U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin got an earful Thursday from both sides of the political divide in the 2nd Congressional District during town-hall meetings […] ‘We are your employers, and you need to spend time listening to us,’ said Curtis Rose, a Faulkner County Tea Party

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member. […] ‘What about bringing in revenue to alleviate the problem?’ asked Cornelius Roberts of Little Rock. ‘The House wastes time sending stuff to the Senate, no way in the world it’s going to pass.’”
[Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 8/5/11]

Griffin Traveled to Belgium, Afghanistan, and Estonia on House-Sponsored Trip From May 27 to May 31, Griffin traveled to Belgium, Afghanistan, and Estonia on a trip sponsored by the House. Though transportation costs were undisclosed, Griffin spent $371 in per diem expenditures. [Clerk
of the House Travel Disclosure, 8/16/11]

Griffin Handed Out “Watch List” at Town Hall In August 2011, at a town hall, Griffin passed out a “watch list” containing names of activists. He said, “In recent years some folks have turned these into political shout fests. I’m a tell you I’m not going to let that happen here. We’re going to be civil and we’re going to respectful of each other in our disagreement. I passed out some of the nonsense some of these groups are doing in how you can interrupt and how you can basically shout over everybody. We’re just not going to have that.” [Griffin Conway Town
Hall :49, uploaded 8/4/11]

Griffin Said That There’s More Bipartisanship than the Media Reports In August 2011, at a town hall, Griffin commented on the bipartisanship in Congress. He said, “First of all, it’s not just me but a lot of people do this. There is a lot of legislation I co-sponsor with Democrats. I started a C130 authorization caucus with a Democrat. I think there is more of that going than you probably see on TV. There is tons of legislation people in both parties are co-sponsoring. I vote for amendments Democrats put up all the time. You have crossover both ways. […] It doesn’t happen as much as it used to because of a lot of the folks in the more moderate to center right districts that used to be Democrats, particularly in the south are now Republicans. You don’t have as many people in the middle. That’s part of it, but I appreciate what you are saying.” [Griffin Conway Town Hall 3:00, uploaded
8/22/11 ]

Griffin: Town Hall Activists on His Mind In August 2011, Rep. Griffin began his town halls by citing Moveon.Org’s disruptive tactics. According to the National Journal, “ the threat of yelling activists was on [Griffin’s] mind: He began several recent forums by mentioning a MoveOn.org primer on disrupting events. ‘I referenced to it and said, this is what some people are trying to do,’ Griffin said. ‘I just want everybody to be heard, to be civil and respectful.’” [National Journal, 8/19/11] Griffin on Shaky Ground During Occupy Wall Street Protests In October 2011, it was reported that incumbents faced difficulties with constituents during nation-wide protests claiming their voices have not been heard.

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“At rallies and protests in Arkansas and elsewhere, many are saying their voices have not been heard in Washington — a possible sign of trouble for incumbents heading into a new election cycle.” Crawford’s approval rating was 35 percent and his disapproval rating was 23 percent. The poll also shows that Crawford lacks name recognition. [Arkansas News Bureau, 10/15/11] Griffin Elicited Strongest Negative Reaction in Polls Griffin’s name recognition was the most negative of the Arkansas delegation with an approval rating of 40 percent and a disapproval rating of 35.5 percent. [Arkansas News Bureau, 10/15/11] Set Aside “Earmark” For Flight Simulators In June 2011, the USA Today reported that a major showdown over “earmarks” was on its way to Congress after Republicans declared a ban on the projects earlier this year. According to the USA Today, “The stakes: A $1 billion defense fund that House members have dipped into to fund about $600 million worth of special projects.” “The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee defends the provisions, saying they're not earmarks under House rules because the projects will be competitively awarded, but earmark watchers — and some senators — say Congress should hold the line and not create a loophole to the earmark ban.” The Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported that Griffin “set aside $25 million for flight simulators — like the 20 that already exist at Little Rock Air Force Base. Griffin told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the base is the logical place for the simulators, but conceded, ‘They could put them in Timbuktu.’” [USA
Today, 06/16/2011]

Reimbursed for $833.50 for Private Auto Mileage From April – June 2011, Griffin was reimbursed $833.50 for auto mileage. [2011 2nd Quarter Statements of Disbursement, 7/5/11] Griffin Spent $575.10 on Bottled Water. From April-June 2011, Griffin spent $575.10 on bottled water. [2011 2nd Quarter Statements of Disbursement, 7/5/11]

Crime & Public Safety Issues
Griffin Supported Contingent Disaster Funding In September 2011, Griffin supported a bill that would make $3.65 billion in disaster relief contingent on passage of $1.5 billion in savings. [Griffin Congressional Press Release, 9/23/11]

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Economic and Financial Issues
Griffin Continued to Support Free Trade Deals In January 2012, Griffin said he continued to support the three main free trade agreements passed in Congress (South Korea, Panama and Columbia) although there are jobs being lost in Arkansas to Mexico. “Griffin told reporters he voted for the same free-trade agreements that Pryor voted for. He said that even with those agreements, the U.S. is at a disadvantage because those countries have been trading with European countries much longer and have built up relationships with them. ‘(Free-trade agreements) are never perfect, but they’re better than the alternative,’ he said.” [Arkansas News, 1/13/12] Griffin Supported Obama’s Proposal to Merge Federal Agencies In January 2012, Griffin said he supported Obama’s proposal to merge federal agencies including six major trade organizations and commerce agencies with overlapping programs. “Republican Congressman Tim Griffin said that he thinks similar mergers should happen throughout federal government. ‘I want to look at the details and see how long he wants that power for, but the general concept? Fabulous,’ Griffin told reporters. ‘We ought to be doing that throughout government.’”
[AP, 1/13/12]

Received “B” Grade From Americans for Prosperity In January 2011, Americans for Prosperity scored the most important economic votes of the first session of the 112th Congress. Representative Griffin received a grade of B from Americans for Prosperity.
[Americans for Prosperity 112th Congress Mid Term Scorecard,1/2012]

AFP Founded In 2003 By David H. Koch. The New York Times wrote about David H. Koch, noting that “in 2003 he helped establish the nonprofit Americans for Prosperity Foundation, which supports free-market policies and promotes government spending limits. It split off from an earlier Koch-backed enterprise, now called FreedomWorks, which promotes similar goals.” [New York
Times, 7/10/08]

Americans for Prosperity Funded, Run by Koch Industries Executives. Americans for Prosperity was founded by David H. Koch, one of the wealthiest men in America and the executive vice president and board member of Koch Industries, which was founded by his father. Recently, Koch gave $5 million to Americans for Prosperity. In 2009, AFP President Tim Phillips said Koch “launched our organization.” The executive Vice President of Koch Industries said, “What we have done is support the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, which has been active in various forms for nearly 30 years.” [New York Times, 7/10/08; MSNBC, 3/31/10; Politico, 10/14/08,
Washington Examiner, 7/18/10; Washington Independent, 10/5/09]

Chided for not focusing on jobs In August 2011, according to Arkansas Online, “One man in Little Rock chided Griffin for not talking enough about jobs.” [Arkansas Online, 8/4/2011]
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Claimed August Default Date “Not True” In June 2011, Griffin told KARN News that the US has plenty of money coming into the treasury to pay our debts and that defaulting in August will absolutely not happen no matter what happens with the debt ceiling vote. Griffin said that “I think we’re pretty much unified on this. We understand how important it is that we pay our bills. We also understand that we have plenty of money coming into the treasury to service our debt, so the idea that we immediately have to default at some point in August is just not true.” [Tim Griffin on
KARN News, 06/07/2011]

Voted In Favor of Cut, Cap, and Balance Act In July 2011, Tim Griffin voted in support of the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act, which mandated a cut in spending in FY2012, a federal cap on spending as a percentage of GDP, and a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. In a press release, Griffin said that “We must address the long-term root of our national debt problem: Washington’s spending addiction. That is why I cosponsored and voted for the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act, which will cut federal spending now, enforce a spending cap on the amount the government can spend in the future, and require a Balanced Budget Amendment before an increase in the debt ceiling.”
[Griffin Press Release, 7/19/2011]

Griffin Railed on Washington “Spending Addiction” But Had Credit Card Debt In July 2011, CNN reported that Griffin has credit card debt although he railed on Washington’s “spending addiction.” According to CNN, “They’re hard-charging, compromise-damning members of Congress, and they’ve changed the debate in Washington over the size and spending of the government. In recent days, Republican hard-liners in the debt ceiling talks have been vociferous in their rhetoric […] But according to recently released disclosure forms, [Sen. Mike] Lee and others in his caucus have some significant personal debt of their own. […] Republican Rep. Tim Griffin of Arkansas had at least $15,000 of debt accumulated on an American Express card, according to the forms. Griffin, who won his seat with tea party support, has recently said Washington has ‘a spending addiction.’” [CNN, 7/28/11] Griffin: On Jobs and Taxes In August 2011, Rep. Griffin supported legislation which would cut jobs in Arkansas and give tax breaks to millionaires. The Examiner reported, “Griffin's support of federal policies that will cut 10 percent of federal jobs in the country and in has caught the attention of the AFL-CIO.[…] For generations of conservative thinkers and educators government has always been the more sustainable jobs industry. […] Griffin says he thinks the best way to ‘get the economy going and create jobs is to put more money in the pockets of tax payers’ which ‘encourages sustainable economic growth, innovation, and job creation.’ This time last year,

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President Obama and his administration offered a huge tax relief stimulus package to corporations and large business owners. Obama's stimulus package makes George Bush's stimulus package look parsimonious.” [The Examiner 8/16/11] Griffin Said He Was Reviewing President’s Ideas on American Jobs Act In September 2011, Griffin said we must reform our tax code and make government live within its mean to create jobs. “First and foremost, the Congress should work with the President on points where we can agree. We must stop excessive regulation, reform our tax code so we can remain competitive with other countries, and expand our domestic energy production and make government live within its means. I am ready and willing to work with the President to tear down the barriers to private-sector job creation [ …] If the President wants to strengthen the economy, he should encourage the Senate to pass more than a dozen pro-jobs, pro-growth bills that we in the House have already passed.” [Griffin Press Release, 9/8/2011] The Arkansas News also noted that “Arkansas could receive nearly $1 billion in additional funding under President Barack Obama’s latest stimulus bill, according to White House estimates. The nearly $1 billion in federal funding would be available to modernize schools, reconstruct roads and bridges and refurbish vacant and foreclosed properties among other initiatives included in the bill that President Barack Obama sent Congress Monday.” [Arkansas News, 9/13/11] Griffin Supported Trade Agreements In October 2011, Griffin joined the Arkansas delegation in voting for free trade agreements with Panama, Columbia, and South Korea. He said of the bill, “Thousands of Arkansans earn their living from the export of Arkansas-made products to other countries. When job creators have access to new markets, they can hire additional employees and expand their businesses here in the United States.” [Arkansas News
Bureau, 10/13/11]

Griffin Supported Charter Schools In September 2011, Griffin stated in a press release, “Providing a quality education for our children is necessary for the United States to remain competitive. […] Charter schools enable parents to play an active role in their child’s education by allowing them to decide where their child is educated. They also provide students with a better chance to reach their educational potential because charter schools on average outperform traditional public schools. I was proud to support this bill, which will encourage states to support the development and expansion of charter schools.” [Griffin Congressional Press Release,
9/13/11]

Griffin Voted to Pass Temporary Spending Bill In October 2011, a temporary spending bill was passed to continue federal funding until November 18th, 2011 which “gives lawmakers more time to put together a large-scale appropriations bill to cover the rest of the fiscal year that began this month.” The only major opposition to the bill was that the funding levels were higher than the budget resolution the house adopted earlier in the year. [Times Record, 10/4/11]

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Education Issues
Griffin Voted to Increase and Cut Spending on Head Start While speaking to a Head Start Program that was facing budgetary cuts, Griffin specifically mentions that he has voted to cut (and to increase) funding for Head Start. Griffin “has voted to increase funding for Head Start and to cut it. He said he can't make a decision on a budget vote based on a single program.” [Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 4/22/11]

Energy Issues
Called on Obama to Reverse Keystone XL Pipeline Decision In November 2011, Griffin called on Obama to reverse the decision he made to delay decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline until after the 2012 election. Griffin said Obama was “putting politics over paychecks”. [Tim Griffin District Update, 11/22/11] Upset by Keystone Pipeline Rejection In January 2012, Griffin was disappointed at Obama’s decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. Griffin said that the decision would cost thousands of American jobs and pointed to Welspun Tubular, a company that had 500 miles of pipe for the pipeline to transport 700,000 barrels from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries. Griffin said, “President Obama decided to create jobs in China instead of the United States.” [Times Record, 1/19/12] Criticized Obama on Keystone XL Pipeline In November 2011, Griffin criticized Obama on Keystone XL pipeline. “U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock, sharply criticized President Barack Obama on today for delaying until 2013 a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline.” “‘That just stinks. That just wreaks of politics […] This is shovel ready,’ Griffin said, adding that the delay would cost tens of thousands of needed jobs.” [Arkansas News, 11/15/11] Griffin Promoted Natural Gas and Gulf/ANWR Drilling While speaking on CBS’s face the Nation, Griffin promoted natural gas and drilling in the Gulf and ANWR. Griffin said “We can’t talk about energy independence and then say, but you can’t drill here and you can’t drill there and we shouldn’t do this…Natural gas is clean burning. We have a lot of it here in Arkansas and we ought to be pursuing natural gas options as well. There are a lot of things that we should have been doing over the years and there are different obstacles whether it’s drilling in the-- in the Gulf or whether it’s drilling in ANWR, we have a lot of reserves but ultimately we need to be energy independent.” [CBS Face The Nation, 4/24/11]
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Earned a $14,000 Koch Payday In June 2011, the Arkansas Times reported that Tim Griffin earned a $14000 Koch payday. “The Kochs have been spending heavily, including passing out $14,000 to PACs of House members after they dropped their co-sponsorship of the legislation. One of those favored with a Koch payday after he took his name off the bill: U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin of Little Rock.” [Arkansas Times, 7/22/2011] Griffin In Favor of Speeding Up Offshore Drilling In May 2011, after the House approved legislation that would allow offshore drilling in the Gulf and Virginia, Griffin stated that the President’s offshore oil drilling slow down is bad policy, saying that "The result is higher gas prices, lost jobs for U.S. workers, a weaker economy, and a continued dependence on foreign sources of oil. Today's vote will help reverse these policies by increasing domestic production and creating more American jobs." [The Times Record, 05/06/2011] Responded to Obama’s Plan To Open Strategic Petroleum Reserve In June 2011, Griffin released a statement in which he urged the President to support the Republican plan to increase oil supply. In a statement, Griffin said that “The Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) is intended to be used for emergencies. The President's policies have contributed to higher energy prices and the SPR is not the answer. If the President truly wants to address the high price of gas by increasing the supply of oil, he should join with the House in supporting measures that will maximize U.S. energy production and create jobs for American workers.” [Griffin Press Release, 06/23/2011] Griffin says “Compressed Natural Gas is the Solution” In August 2011, Rep. Griffin discussed the benefits of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) to Arkansas. According to the Jacksonville Patriot, “The city of North Little Rock held an open house Tuesday for its first condensed natural gas fueling station open to the public at 320 Curtis Sykes Drive. The station’s opening was the result of three grants procured by the city [… ]U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock, said communities such as North Little Rock are helping the country move forward to meet its energy needs. ‘It is clear that CNG is a part of the solution,’ Griffin said. ‘It is abundant, clean-burning, American and is from Arkansas. It means jobs.’” [ Jacksonville Patriot, 8/19/11]

Environmental Issues
Griffin: Stop the Federal Government from Killing Jobs In February 2011, on the House floor, Griffin stated that federal regulations such as Boiler MACT and other EPA policies were a burden on small business. “Job creators spend their money complying with

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these burdensome regulations—money that should be used to create jobs… now the EPA wants to apply the oil spill law to force dairy farmers to spend millions of dollars preparing for spilled milk, because of the amount of fat in it. What if it’s skim milk? If it wasn’t so troubling, it might be funny.” [Griffin Floor Remarks on H Res 72, 2/11/11] Supported Federal Disaster Declaration In May 2011, Tim Griffin sent a letter with the rest of the Arkansas delegation which requested a federal disaster declaration and federal funding to assist in the recovery of the areas affected by the severe weather storms in April. [Arkansas Delegation Letter, 05/02/2011] In May 2011, Tim Griffin, responding to FEMA’s announcement of the opening of a Disaster Recovery Center in Faulkner County, said that “This is wonderful news for everyone in Faulkner County— especially Vilonia—who was affected by the recent storms. I commend ADEM and FEMA for setting up this facility so that area residents can get the help they need.” [Rep. Griffin Press Release, 05/10/2011] Supported Federal Disaster Assistance In June 2011, Griffin, along with the entire Arkansas delegation, backed Gov. Mike Beebe’s request for federal disaster assistance. According to the delegation’s letter that was sent to President Obama, the Arkansas delegation said “further assistance is needed. All available resources at the state and local level, including the Arkansas National Guard, are being used, but greater federal assistance is needed to help our communities recover.” According to Arkansas News, the delegation “also requested statewide ‘hazardous mitigation’ assistance on the governor’s behalf…In particular, the Arkansas governor and congressional delegation are requesting help for displaced homeowners and those whose jobs have been affected by severe storms that began May 24.” [Arkansas News, 06/03/2011] Arkansas Delegation Urged President to Reconsider Denial of Federal Emergency Funds In June 2011, the Arkansas delegation urged the President to reconsider the denial of federal funds to aid Franklin and Johnson counties. According to the Southwest Times, “The lawmakers sent letters to Obama and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate in support of Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe’s appeal of FEMA’s decision denying a ‘major disaster declaration’ for the two counties following last month’s severe storms.” [SW Times, 06/28/2011] Sponsored Legislation to Provide Temporary Tax Relief To Assist in Rebuilding Efforts In June 2011, Griffin sponsored legislation that would provide temporary tax relief to assist in the rebuilding efforts of states damaged by extreme weather. According to a Spencer Bachus press release, “The Southeastern Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2011 would provide temporary tax relief to assist rebuilding efforts in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky,

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Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. The bill is modeled on tax relief offered after previous natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina and is a companion to legislation introduced by Senator Richard Shelby (AL) in the U.S. Senate.” Bachus also clarified that “The provisions in the legislation would be fully paid for by rescinding federal funds that are either unspent or uncommitted, and would not increase the national debt.” [Bachus Press Release, 06/24/2011] Griffin Voted to Curb EPA Regulations of Cement Factories In October 2011, Griffin voted for legislation (successfully passed) that would give companies years to comply with new EPA regulations of cement plants. The Arkansas delegation said the regulations would lead to factory layoffs and closures. [Times Record, 10/7/11]

Ethics Issues
House Republicans Choose Tim Griffin for the House Judiciary Committee Griffin, the former Bush-era US Attorney who was “the man at the center of the recent nationwide hiring scandal surrounding the Department of Justice” was named to the House Judicial Committee. Jesse Ferguson of the DCCC stated, “Ironically, House Republicans have appointed him to oversee the very department he helped undermine.” [DCCC Press Release, 1/03/11]

Foreign Policy Issues – Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea
Unsure of Future US Role in Afghanistan In May 2011, Griffin was invited to CIA headquarters in Langley, VA. to view the classified pictures of Osama Bin Laden following his death in Pakistan. However, even with Bin Laden gone, Griffin said his passing has not brought clarity to the U.S. military’s role in Afghanistan, saying that “On Afghanistan, I have more questions than I have complete conclusions.” [Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 05/16/2011] In regards to troop levels within Afghanistan, Griffin expressed his desire to wait for a comprehensive strategy from the Pentagon before making any decisions, saying only that “this is an ongoing conversation we need to have.” [Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 05/16/2011] Griffin: Didn’t Participate in Israel Delegation In August 2011, Rep. Griffin decided not to participate in a congressional delegation trip to Israel. The National Journal reported, “Though the visits are official business, the delegations to Israel are likely to draw media attention at a time of economic hardship at home. Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., was invited to participate but ‘lost so much … time because of the canceled district work period in July that I decided I needed to do other things,’ he said. ‘I’m going to try to have some downtime with the family, but this is a district-work period, not a vacation.’” [National Journal 8/16/11]

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Gay and Lesbian Issues Gun Issues
Griffin Shook Hands with NRA CEO In the spring of 2011, Griffin “stopped by the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service to shake hands with National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre after LaPierre gave a lecture at the school.” [Arkansas News Bureau, 11/20/11]

Health Care Issues
Called Affordable Care Act “Flawed Beyond Repair” In March 2011, Griffin claimed that the Affordable Care Act was “flawed beyond repair”. He said, “The new health care law is flawed beyond repair. That is why I co-sponsored and voted to repeal the health care reform law and am working with my colleagues to draft a sound replacement.” [Log
Cabin Democrat, 3/18/11]

Alternatives Included Selling Across State Lines and Insurance Pooling In March 2011, Griffin proposed purchasing insurance across state lines and insurance pooling as alternative to the Affordable Care Act. He said, “Instead of creating new programs, let’s empower American businesses and families by allowing them to buy health insurance across state lines and pool together and acquire health insurance at lower prices, the same way large corporations and labor unions do.” [Log Cabin
Democrat, 3/18/11]

Claimed Health Care Reform Added Over $700 Billion to Deficit In January 2011, Griffin spoke on the House floor in support of repealing health care reform. He stated, “It was loaded with gimmicks to make it seem deficit neutral. But once those are accounted for, we find that it adds over $700 billion to the deficit in the next 10 years.” [Griffin Floor Statement, United States House of Representatives, 1/18/11] Griffin Defended Vote to Cut Medicare In April 2011, Griffin said “I am proud to support the House budget resolution that keeps our promises to seniors… If you are 55 or over, there are no, zero changes to Medicare. For those under 55, our budget provides more choice and gives you health care like that enjoyed by Members of Congress and federal employees. The status quo or ‘Medicare as we know it,’ without reform, will lead to the dismantling of

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Medicare. We must make responsible reforms now to save Medicare or pay the price.” [Griffin Press Release, 4/15/11] He fails to mention that the Republican Plan Would cost millions of seniors $2.2 billion in benefits next year (2012) alone. [Senate Democrats Press Release, 4/21/2011] DCCC Hit on Medicare Hypocrisy In April 2011, the DCCC hit House Republicans on their “hypocrisy” for “voting to end Medicare” after campaigning on protecting the seniors’ program. The congressional campaign committee contended that a budget resolution that passed the House of Representatives on April 15, 2010 amounted to a vote to “end Medicare.” The organization also noted that during the 2010 election Democrats came under fire for eliminating roughly $500 billion from future funding to Medicare and Medicare Advantage Tim Griffin’s Website Said “Speaker Pelosi’s Medicare Cuts Were Wrong.” Tim Griffin’s campaign website clearly states, “Speaker Pelosi’s Medicare Cuts Were Wrong: The Obama-Pelosi health care law cut Medicare by $500 billion and Medicare Advantage by billions. According to recent statistics, over 50,000 Arkansans rely on Medicare Advantage […] Speaker Pelosi’s Agenda Threatens Social Security and Medicare: Out-of-control spending by Speaker Pelosi’s Congress is threatening the future of Social Security and Medicare.” [Tim Griffin for Congress Committee’s Website, accessed 4/19/11] AR-02: Tim Griffin’s Campaign Said He Opposed Privatizing Medicare. In a October 1, 2010 press release, Tim Griffin touted his opposition to privatizing Medicare. While refuting claims he supported privatizing Social Security, Griffin’s campaign wrote: “THE TRUTH: In February, The Now-Defunct Blake's Think Tank Reported On Tim's Opposition To Privatization. ‘[W]hile unfamiliar with all of the details of the plan proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan that calls for the privatization of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, Mr. Griffin opposes privatization of these programs.’ (Blake's Think Tank, 2/25/10).” [Tim Griffin for Congress Committee’s Press Release, 10/1/10 (emphasis included in the original)] 60 Plus Association Begun Airing Ads in District In April 21, the 60 Plus Association launched a new campaign in the district thanking the Member for “protecting Medicare” during the recent budget debates. [60 Plus Association Press Release, 4/27/11] Said healthcare would return to spotlight In August 2011, Griffin said that the recent debt fight means that healthcare reform would return as a topic of discussion. According to the Hill, Griffin said “‘My position is you can’t talk about the debt unless you talk about healthcare, that’s just a fact,’ Griffin said, adding that he's communicating ‘a lot about healthcare, a lot. Mandatory spending is 60 percent of our budget so you can’t discuss the budget at all unless you’re talking about healthcare in some form or fashion,’ he said.” [The Hill, 8/6/2011] Griffin Said Entitlement is Not a Derogatory Term In August 2011, at a town hall, Griffin defended entitlements.
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He said, “It’s Medicare, Medicaid and social security those are called entitlements. A lot of people call them entitlements.… But if you look up the word entitlement in the dictionary, it’s not a derogatory term. You’re entitled to drive your car because you own it. That’s not a bad thing it’s justified. You’re entitled to certain benefits under the law because the law says so because you paid in and you get them.” [Griffin
Conway Town Hall 10:00, uploaded 8/4/11]

Griffin Railed on Washington “Spending Addiction” But Had Credit Card Debt In July 2011, CNN reported that Griffin has credit card debt although he railed on Washington’s “spending addiction.” According to CNN, “They’re hard-charging, compromise-damning members of Congress, and they’ve changed the debate in Washington over the size and spending of the government. In recent days, Republican hard-liners in the debt ceiling talks have been vociferous in their rhetoric […] But according to recently released disclosure forms, [Sen. Mike] Lee and others in his caucus have some significant personal debt of their own. […] Republican Rep. Tim Griffin of Arkansas had at least $15,000 of debt accumulated on an American Express card, according to the forms. Griffin, who won his seat with tea party support, has recently said Washington has ‘a spending addiction.’” [CNN, 7/28/11] Griffin: Newsletter Attacked Nancy Pelosi, ‘Mediscare’ and the DCCC In August 2011, Rep. Griffith sent out a newsletter informing his supporters of the Democratic party’s attacks on him as well as thanked his past donors. Griffin wrote, “I have previously written you how her friends at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Washington opened up the thoroughly debunked ‘Mediscare’ playbook to frighten Arkansas seniors over my vote to save Medicare for current retirees and ensure its existence for our children and grandchildren.[…] It is also clear that Nancy Pelosi’s shadowy friends are searching for a pro-Pelosi, pro-Obama candidate, and are willing to spend whatever it takes to put the Second Congressional District under her control.” [Griffin Newsletter, 8/12/11]

Immigration and Border Issues
Supported Allowing immigrants with a masters or Ph. D to obtain permanent residency In December 2011, Griffin announced his support for allowing immigrants with a masters or Ph. D to obtain permanent residency. “Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.) announced his forthcoming sponsorship of the BRAIN Act –‘Bringing and Retaining Accomplished Innovators for the Nation’ -- that would allow immigrants who graduate from a U.S. school with a master’s or Ph.D. and land a job in a STEM field to obtain permanent residency. He argued that our current practice of educating these promising graduates and sending them back to their origin countries is akin to ‘equipping the other team’ (read: India and China). Griffin would prefer to ‘starve our competitors’ by keeping these highly educated immigrants--he referred to them as ‘innovators, job multipliers, and net donors’--in this country.” [The New Republican, 12/19/11]

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Griffin Supported Easier Immigration During High Unemployment In October 2011, Griffin supported a bill to “make it easier for foreign math and science professionals to obtain legal residency” in the States. [Scripps News, editorial, 10/31/11]

Israel Labor and Working Family Issues
AR-02: Griffin Planned to Introduce Legislation to Cut Retirement Benefits to Federal Employees. In January 2012, Griffin said he planned to introduce legislation to cut pensions to federal employees. “U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock, said today he plans to broaden legislation he introduced in November to end pensions not only for members of Congress but all newly hired federal workers […]Eliminating congressional pensions would do little to address the nation’s $15 trillion debt but cutting pensions to federal employees would save “hundreds of billions of dollars,” he said. Griffin said that federal workers could still contribute to a Thrift Savings plan that is set up similarly to 401K savings plans that many private sector employers offer.” [Arkansas News, 1/25/12] Group Protested Outside Office for Unemployment Insurance Extension In December 2011, a group scheduled a prayer vigil outside Griffin’s office to encourage him to vote for unemployment insurance extensions. The group included clergy and community leaders, unemployed constituents, and the Arkansas AFL-CIO president Alan Hughes. [Arkansas Times, 12/6/11] Falsely Claimed to Support Veterans Benefits In May 2011, Representative Tim Griffin (AR-02) announced funding for the St. Francis’ Homeless Female Veterans and Veterans with Families Program in Little Rock. In the announcement, Griffin noted that “we have an obligation to serve those who have served.” In reality, Representative Tim Griffin has voted to slash benefits for those have served, specifically homeless veterans and military families avoid foreclosures. There are more than 65,500 veterans in Arkansas’s 2nd district. Griffin Voted to Cut $75 Million from Housing for Homeless Veterans According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV), H.R. 1 “would eliminate $75 million for approximately 10,000 new permanent supportive housing vouchers for chronically homeless veterans in fiscal year (FY) 2011.” [H.R. 1, Vote #147, 2/19/11; National Coalition for Homeless
Veterans, 3/1/2011]

Budget Cuts May Hit Homeless Vets

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“Among the more controversial GOP budget cut proposals is an effort to kill $75 million that's slated to house homeless veterans. […] The cuts would hurt some 11,000 homeless veterans who qualify for housing this year but have yet to receive vouchers.” [CNN, 3/1/11] On a given night in 2009, Nearly 76,000 Veterans were Homeless while Approximately 136,000 Veterans Spent at Least One night in a Shelter During that Year According to the HUD-VA study, “During a 12-month period in 2009, an estimated 136,000 veterans—or about 1 in every 168 veterans—spent at least one night in an emergency shelter or transitional housing program.” Furthermore, “Low-income veterans are twice as likely to become homeless compared to all low-income adults.” [Press Release for the Veterans' Supplement to HUD’s 2009
Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR), 2/10/11]

Veterans and Active Services Members Victims of Foreclosure Griffin opposed a measure that would have preserved the Emergency Mortgage Relief Program for members of the armed forces, veterans, and Gold Star recipients such as widows, parents, or next of kin. [HR 836, Vote #173, 3/11/11] More than 65,500 Civilian Veterans Are in AR-02 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, AR-02 has an estimated 65,515 civilian veterans. [Census
Bureau, American Community Survey, 2005-2009]

Griffin Held Jobs Conference In October 2011, Griffin held a jobs conference at the Clinton Presidential Center, which brought together leading authorities from across Arkansas’ business and educational spectrum to discuss job creation. [Talk
Business, 10/12/11]

Griffin Criticized NLRB for Company Placement In September 2011, Griffin said, “At a time when the federal government should be doing all it can to encourage private-sector job creation, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) seems determined to put more Americans in the unemployment line. This bill (the Protecting American Jobs from Government Interference Act [H.R. 2587]) would stop the NLRB from deciding in which states a company can operate and create jobs.” [Griffin Congressional Press Release, 9/15/11]

Other Social Issues Personal Finance
Arkansas News Reported on Griffin’s Financial Statements According to Arkansas News, Griffin “appears to have taken a significant financial hit by winning elected office in November.” The Arkansas News reported that “As a freshman member of Congress, Griffin will
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earn $174,000 this year. In 2009, he took home $497,810 in earnings from his law, public affairs and consulting work.” In addition to the change in pay, “Griffin appears to have lowered his student loan debt. In 2009, he owed between $50,000 and $100,000 but now owes between $15,000 and $50,000.” Griffin also “reported a financial portfolio worth between $20,000 and $126,000. It includes as much as $16,000 in Murphy Oil Corp. stock.” [Arkansas News, 05/19/2011] Filed Financial Disclosure In 2011, Tim Griffin reported earnings of at least $98,799 for 2010. Griffin holds assets valued between $20,000 and $126,000. Griffin’s reported liabilities were valued between $45,000-$100,000. The following table illustrates Tim Griffin’s earned income for calendar year 2010: Source of Income Griffin Public Affairs Griffin Law Firm National Media Bennington College TOTAL Amount of Income Amount of Income Type of Income (2010) (2009) $21,000 $257,510 Salary $67,799 $10,000 N/A $98,799 $240,000 N/A $300 $497,810 Salary Consulting Fee Honorarium

Asset / Source of Income Murphy Oil Stock Region Financial Stock TD Ameritrade Cash/MM Region Financial Stock Murphy Oil Stock PESPX Mutual Fund

Value of Amount of Value of Amount of Type of Asset Income Asset 2009 Income Income 2010 -2010 -2009 $1,000 - $1 - $200 $1,000 - $1 - $200 Dividends $15000 $15000 $1000 $15000 $15,000 $50,000 $1,000 $15,000 $1000 $15000 $1,000 $15,000 $1 - $200 $1000 $15000 $1-$200 $15,000 $50,000 $1 - $200 $1,000 $15,000 $1 - $200 $1000 $15000 $1 - $200 $1,000 $15,000 $1 - $200 $1-$200 $1 - $200 $1 - $200 $1 - $200 Dividends Interest Dividends Dividends Dividends

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TD Ameritrade MM/Cash TOTAL

$1 - $1000 None $20,001- $15,203$126,000 $51,600

$1 - $1000 None $20,001- $15,203$126,000 $51,600

Dividends

Creditor

Type of Liability

Amount of Liability (2010)* $15,000 - $50,000 $15,000 - $50,000 $15,000 - $50,000 N/A

Amount of Liability (2009)* $15,000 - $50,000 N/A $50,000 - $100,000 $15,000 - $50,000

American Express Farmers Banked Trust Sallie Mae Bank of America Position Consultant Consultant Consultant Consultant Attorney

Credit Card Loan Student Loans Credit Card

Organization Mercury Public Affairs Hawthorne Group Karsage Global Freedom Watch NA

[2011 Personal Financial Disclosure, filed 5/27/11]

Griffin Railed on Washington “Spending Addiction” But Has Credit Card Debt In 2011, CNN reported on Griffin’s credit card debt. According to CNN, “They’re hard-charging, compromise-damning members of Congress, and they’ve changed the debate in Washington over the size and spending of the government. In recent days, Republican hard-liners in the debt ceiling talks have been vociferous in their rhetoric […] But according to recently released disclosure forms, [Sen. Mike] Lee and others in his caucus have some significant personal debt of their own. […] Republican Rep. Tim Griffin of Arkansas had at least $15,000 of debt accumulated on an American Express card, according to the forms. Griffin, who won his seat with tea party support, has recently said Washington has ‘a spending addiction.’” [CNN, 7/28/11] Note: DCCC Library has video in library. Taxpayers for Common Sense: “If they can’t keep their personal finances in order, then you have to wonder how they’re going to handle the federal budget.” “Members of the firebrand class of Republican freshmen on Capitol Hill — elected on a pledge to attack the U.S. debt problem — have, in some cases, accumulated tens of thousands of dollars in personal debt, according to financial documents released Wednesday. Among the 87 new GOP
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members of Congress, the documents show, at least 30 had liabilities totaling $50,000 or more in 2010 […] The newcomers have helped press a simple GOP message about the public debt: The country has too much and must reduce its burden immediately. […] Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense said that “if they can’t keep their personal finances in order, then you have to wonder how they’re going to handle the federal budget.” [Washington Post, 6/15/11] Griffin Reported At Least $15,000 of Credit Card Debt in 2010. According to his financial disclosure for calendar year 2010, Griffin reported that he had $15,000$50,000 in credit card debt and incurred a $15,000-50,000 personal loan in October 2010. Additionally, Griffin reported an additional $15,000-$50,000 of credit card debt from January 2009-June 2010. [Tim Griffin 2011 Financial Disclosure, filed 5/27/11; Tim Griffin 2010 Financial Disclosure, filed 6/9/10] Griffin: At Town Hall Grilled by Both Sides At a town hall in August 2011, Rep. Griffin faced tough comments and questions from constituents on both sides of the political landscape. The Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported, “U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin got an earful Thursday from both sides of the political divide in the 2nd Congressional District during town-hall meetings […] ‘We are your employers, and you need to spend time listening to us,’ said Curtis Rose, a Faulkner County Tea Party member […] ‘What about bringing in revenue to alleviate the problem?’ asked Cornelius Roberts of Little Rock. ‘The House wastes time sending stuff to the Senate, no way in the world it’s going to pass.’“
[Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 8/5/11]

Griffin Distributed “Watch List” At a town hall in August 2011, Rep. Griffin distributed a watch list which contained pictures of political activists. The Huffington Post reported, “Staffers of at least one Congressional office, Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.), distributed ‘homework’ to Congressional town hall attendees in the form of a ‘watch list’ that features photographs, personal information and pointed questions about six activists who are constituents of who are constituents of Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.), each of whom was openly critical of Webster at his town halls earlier this year.[…] Each person featured in the watch list is a resident of Webster's Florida district, several hundred miles from Griffin's Arkansas district[…] One local activist in Griffin's district, who did not want to be named for fear he would ‘end up in the next handout,’ said Griffin's District Chief of Staff, Carl Vogelpohl, along with two other staffers, were manning the sign-in table where the ‘watch list’ was being distributed, and staffers were instructing attendees that it was their ‘homework.’ One attendee contended that the combination of seeing the handouts and then observing staffers videotaping and photographing the audience created an atmosphere of intimidation at Griffin's town hall.” [Huffington
Post 8/10/11]

Constituents Want Griffin to Listen At an August 2011 town hall, Rep. Griffin came prepared with a PowerPoint and a quiz but not prepared to face criticisms from his audience.

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Arkansas News reported, “However, some attendees of the meeting didn’t want to take the quiz or look at Griffin’s PowerPoint presentation. ‘We are your employers, and you need to spend time listening to us,” said Curtis Rose, a Faulkner County tea party member. ‘I’d like you to turn the slides off.’” [Arkansas News,
8/11/11]

Senior Issues
Supported Cuts to Entitlement Programs In February 2011, the Arkansas News Bureau criticized Griffin for carrying “on about cuts in entitlements when Republicans just ran against Medicare cuts in the health care reform bill. He said it was because the Medicare cuts in the health care reform bill weren’t real.” [Arkansas News Bureau, 2/07/11]

Stem Cells Tax Issues Tea Party
Criticized President on Leadership In July 2011, in regards to the debt ceiling negotiations, Griffin said that “We knew this president wouldn’t lead on this issue…This president has done nothing but sit around and talk.” [Arkansas News,
7/19/2011]

Griffin: TEA Partiers at Town Hall In August 2011, Rep. Griffin held a town hall with constituents represented by both sides of the political spectrum. The Arkansas Online reported, “U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin got an earful Thursday from both sides of the political divide in the 2nd Congressional District during town-hall meetings in Conway and Little Rock. At the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Griffin, a Little Rock Republican, started with ‘cool’ slides and a ‘fun’ questionnaire about the deficit. That format was quickly shot down by Tea Party activists.” [Arkansas 8/4/11]

Transportation Issues
Announced Federal Highway Grant

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In November 2011, Griffin, along with the rest of the Arkansas congressional delegation, announced that the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department would get money from the Department of Transportation to complete emergency repair work on federal highways and roads damaged by storms, flooding, and tornadoes. [KAIT8, 11/28/11] Griffin announced $9 Million in Transportation Funding to Arkansas In December 2011, Griffin announced $9 million of transportation funding to repair and reconstruct roads damaged by flooding. “Arkansas will receive $9 million to repair and reconstruct federal roads and highways damaged by storms, flooding and tornadoes last spring, the state’s congressional delegation announced today.”
[Arkansas News, 12/5/12]

Women’s Issues

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