Conservative group yanks TV ads targeting Utah congressmen

Republican Congressman Rob Bishop speaks as he and Democratic challenger Donna McAleer partake in the Utah Debate Commission's 1st Congressional District debate at Weber State University Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, in Ogden, Utah. (AP Photo/Deseret News, Tom Smart, Pool)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A conservative group says it is yanking television ads targeting U.S. Reps. Rob Bishop and Chris Stewart after the two Utah congressmen announced they share the group’s view that a federal export bank should be shut down.

The anti-tax group Club for Growth announced the TV ads Thursday morning as part of a $1 million campaign urging lawmakers not to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank.

Late Thursday afternoon, the group said it was pulling the ads that were set to air Friday. The Club for Growth applauded Bishop and Stewart for releasing statements Thursday announcing their opposition to the bank.

Bishop and Stewart both say they’ve long opposed reauthorizing the bank and say the Club for Growth should have asked for their positions before buying the ads.

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