The campaign arm of the conservative Club for Growth is going on the air this week in the Republican contest for Georgia’s open first congressional district, pummeling candidate Buddy Carter in a new television advertisement as a spendthrift liberal who supported higher taxes in the state legislature.

“In the Georgia legislature, Carter voted for higher taxes and fees on hospital beds, fishing licenses, car registrations, you name it,” the 30-second ad says of Carter’s record in the state senate. “Carter even defended wasteful earmark spending and voted for budgets that increased spending by billions.”

Federal campaign finance disclosures for the group show it spent $358,000 late last month on the ad’s production and buy, and a spokesman told Tipsheet it will air on both cable and broadcast networks across the coastal district.

Carter, a pharmacist who serves as the chief deputy whip in the state senate, was the top vote-getter in the six-candidate May 20 Republican primary but failed to break the majority threshold. He will face the Club-backed Bob Johnson in a July 22 run-off.

Watch the ad below the fold.