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Club for Growth vs. Free Enterprise Fund

The New York Times reports: A rift among the handful of millionaires behind the Club for Growth, a conservative fund-raising powerhouse, has degenerated into accusations of stolen donor lists and betrayed principles.

The dispute began in December when Stephen Moore, the organization's president, was privately ousted by the group's board and publicly announced his resignation. But as the disagreement becomes public, it threatens to confuse or divide other supporters of the group. ...

The dispute spilled out into the group's broader membership in late May, when Mr. Moore sent many of the club's members a fund-raising letter for his new group [the Free Enterprise Fund]. "As you may have heard, I left the Club for Growth after I lost control of a board fight and was forced to resign as president and C.E.O. - despite our fabulous electoral successes in 2004," Mr. Moore wrote in the letter. ...

In response, lawyers for the club sent Mr. Moore and his new group letters threatening legal action, accusing him of having stolen the club's mailing list. "We know of no source from which the Free Enterprise Fund lawfully could have obtained the mailing list used for the May 26 letter," said a letter dated June 21. "The club is preparing to forcefully pursue legal remedies," including a suit for damages and a complaint to the Federal Election Commission, the letter continued. -- Leadership Dispute Causes a Split in a Powerhouse of Fund-Raising for Conservative Causes - New York Times