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Conservative Anti-Tax Group Launches Ad Blitz Against Trump

Conservative anti-tax group Club for Growth is launching a TV ad barrage against GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, telling voters "he's playing us for chumps."

In an ad buy it says exceeds $1 million in Iowa, the organization uses Trump's past statements to brand him as "very liberal" and "the worst kind of politician."

In one ad, the group cites his past support for universal health care and tax hikes for the wealthy, featuring the real estate mogul's 2004 statement that "In many cases, I probably identify more as a Democrat."

A second ad chastises Trump for his support of a Supreme Court decision regarding eminent domain, which the Club for Growth says "gave government massive new power to take private property and give it to corporations."

“Donald Trump is the worst Republican candidate on economic issues,” Club for Growth president David McIntosh said in a statement. “It’s astonishing that he’s even running as a Republican."

It's not the first clash between Trump and the anti-tax group. Earlier this month, Trump claimed that the 501(c)4 organization once solicited a $1 million donation from him. The Club responded on Twitter that Trump requested the meeting in question and was attempting to "buy us off."

On Tuesday, Trump had this to say about the group.

It's also not the Club for Growth's first tangle with a high-profile Republican presidential hopeful. Both in 2008 and in this presidential cycle, the group has warred with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, calling him "Tax Hike Mike."