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    by Jack McEvoy   Former President Donald Trump’s close advisers are launching MAGA Inc., a new independent political action committee (PAC) that will spend millions to fund Trump-backed candidates ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, Politico reported Friday. MAGA Inc. will invest large sums of money into key November midterm races to help elect Republican House and Senate candidates that the former president is supporting, such as Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert and Ohio Senate hopeful J.D. Vance, Politico reported, citing people close to Trump. The PAC can spend an unlimited amount of funds and could substantially ramp up GOP efforts to win back both the House and Senate as Republicans have been outspent by Democrats in important races across the nation. “President Trump is committed to saving America, and Make America Great Again, Inc. will ensure that is achieved at the ballot box in November and beyond,” Taylor Budowich, a Trump spokesperson, told Politico. Although Trump has endorsed over 200 candidates, his current super PAC, MAGA Again!, has spent very little of its over $100 million in funding and has...
    Spencer Platt, Getty Images Former President Donald Trump’s Save America leadership PAC remains flush with cash as the defacto leader of the Republican Party withholds donations to GOP candidates but has spent heavily on legal bills and personal expenses, including paying Melania Trump’s fashion designer $18,000 last month. Super PACs and party committees disclosed their August finances on Tuesday. The reports offered some jaw-dropping looks into political fundraising and spending with the midterm elections only seven weeks away. Washington Post reporter Isaac Stanley-Becker pointed out that Trump’s PAC reported $18,000 of spending on “Strategy Consulting” from Herve Pierre registered to a 5th Avenue address in New York City. Trump’s PAC, which raises money by promising donors they’re defending the former president’s legacy, is still paying Melania Trump’s fashion designer, most recently $18,000 last month for “strategy consulting” pic.twitter.com/DxaS5CcbDV — Isaac Stanley-Becker (@isaacstanbecker) September 21, 2022 This is not the first time Trump’s PAC reported paying Pierre large sums of money. In early August USA Today reported the PAC paid Pierre $60,000 in four installments between April 7 and June...
    The Lincoln Project has settled with co-founder Jennifer Horn after she accused the anti-Trump PAC of ignoring allegations John Weaver made unwanted sexual advances to young men and a boy. Weaver made a name for himself for working with late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and former Gov. John Kasich (R-OH). He was among those who founded the PAC to defeat former President Donald Trump in 2019. Weaver and Horn were joined in founding The Lincoln Project by George Conway, Steve Schmidt, and Rick Wilson. The group firmly positioned itself as a principled conservative answer to Trump and his brand of GOP populism. With The Lincoln Project, Trump’s former GOP consultant opponents raised millions of dollars with the promise of seizing back control of the Republican Party. They vowed to tear it all down and rebuild it in their own image. Last January, their plans unraveled as Weaver was accused of sexual misconduct by almost two dozen young men, one of whom was reported to be a 14-year-old. The New York Times reported: John Weaver, a longtime Republican strategist and co-founder of the...
    When then-President Donald Trump held his “Stop the Steal” protest on Jan. 6, he turned to a firm called Event Strategies to set up the rally. And while the violent results of that protest may give other politicians pause about using that firm again, Event Strategies has instead become Trump’s preferred staging group—as well as a new go-to for other GOP committees in the months after the riot. A review of public financial disclosures shows that multiple entities involved in the Jan. 6 rallies have continued to rake it in after the attack on the U.S. Capitol, with various Republicans and GOP groups continuing to give these entities business even as investigators look into their roles with the insurrection. Public records also show a number of curious payments on and around Jan. 6—including more than $25,000 in advertising that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) paid to right-wing social media platform Parler, with one transaction on the day of the riot. In total, Trump’s fundraising apparatus has paid Event Strategies roughly $800,000 since Jan. 6, according to data compiled by...
    Former President Donald Trump’s affiliated political action committees (PACs) raised over $82 million in the first half of 2021, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) documents released over the weekend. The donations, first reported by The Washington Post, went predominantly to Trump’s Save America and Make America Great Again PACs as well as his joint fundraising committee. The reports show Trump having over $102 million cash-on-hand as he floats another presidential run in 2024 and tries influence down-ballot Republican races. Trump’s post-presidency fundraising success was largely conducted over email and text blasts since he was kicked off most social media in January. Former President Donald Trump’s best fundraising day was Feb. 28, when he spoke at CPAC and directly asked supporters for donations. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Previously reported FEC filings showed that Save America PAC raised almost $32 million at the end of 2020 alone. The PAC was formed after the 2020 election was called for President Joe Biden to assist with Trump’s post-election challenges. (RELATED: Anti-Trump Republicans Blow Away Challengers In Q2 Fundraising) The Post also reported in late July...
    Former President TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE's political action committees (PACs) raked in over $82 million in the first half of 2021, according to political finance filings made public Saturday, with the ex-commander-in-chief reporting more than $100 million available on hand.  The Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings, first reported by The Washington Post, were reported for Trump’s leadership PAC Save America, a PAC called Make America Great Again and a joint fundraising committee that oversees and administers funds to both groups.  Trump, who, according to the filings has $102 million on hand, was outpaced only slightly in the first six months of 2021 by the Republican National Committee, which reported raising $84 million.  The sums of money demonstrate Trump’s fundraising prowess even after leaving the Oval Office, including through fundraising efforts fueled by his unsupported claims...
    (CNN)The Lincoln Project says it is retaining an "outside professional" to review the tenure of co-founder John Weaver amid allegations that he has a history of sexually harassing young men.The super PAC, which was founded in 2019 by veteran Republican operatives who opposed then-President Donald Trump, is reeling from the fallout of the allegations reported by The New York Times and other outlets -- with co-founders turning against and publicly targeting each other and new scrutiny over how the group has spent the tens of millions of dollars it raised. "It is heart-breaking to read the accounts of his abuse. It disgusts us. It breaks our hearts," the super PAC said in a statement released Thursday night. "John's conduct has enabled the enemies of American democracy to unfairly and misleadingly attack us and we will not back down."The group said it needed "outside experts to help us understand, resolve, and rectify this matter."The Lincoln Project on Friday did not respond to CNN's request for comment on its handling of the Weaver allegations.Read MoreWeaver did not respond to CNN's request for...
    The leadership PAC created by former President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden reverses Trump last-minute attempt to freeze .4 billion of programs Trump announces new impeachment legal team after reported departures Republicans scramble to unify heading into next election cycle MORE in the wake of his November electoral loss raked in nearly $31 million in the final weeks of 2020, giving him a stockpile of cash that could help him retain influence over the GOP in his post-presidency. The PAC, called Save America, reported raising $30.9 million in the end-of-year period spanning Nov. 24-Dec. 31, according to new filings with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). In that time, it spent only a fraction of what it brought in, doling out less than $218,000 on merchant fees for the GOP’s online fundraising clearinghouse WinRed. Save America entered 2021 with nearly $31.2 million in the bank. The filings with the FEC show how money flowed into Trump’s new political operation as he and his allies continued to spread false and misleading claims that the 2020 presidential election had been marred by widespread voter fraud and...
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump is planning to establish a leadership PAC, a fundraising arm that could allow him to continue to exert influence in Republican politics even after he leaves office."The President always planned to do this, win or lose, so he can support candidates and issues he cares about, such as combating voter fraud," campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said in an emailed statement Tuesday when asked about the PAC.CNN's election centerThe fundraising could keep Trump on the political stage -- funneling money to his preferred candidates in the midterm elections and beyond. He also can tap the PAC's money to fund his own political activity -- underwriting polling, travel, staff and other expenses.Leadership PACs can accept donations of up to $5,000 from each individual donor a year. They also can accept money from other political action committees.Read MoreBiden Transition Biden moves quickly to tackle coronavirus, the issue that could define his presidency Biden transition team announces coronavirus advisers, including whistleblower Rick Bright What can Joe Biden do to save Obamacare in the Supreme Court? Not much. MAP: Full...
    Roger Sollenberger October 31, 2020 2:35AM (UTC) The government ethics watchdog organization Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint on Friday accusing White House chief of staff Mark Meadows of campaign finance crimes for allegedly spending thousands of dollars in campaign funds on personal expenses, including clubs, gourmet cupcakes, a jeweler in Washington and lodging at the president's hotel. The complaint, which draws from Salon's exclusive reporting last week, urges the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to administer any and all appropriate fines and to take further action, "including, but not limited to, referring this case to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution." : In the document, CREW isolates suspicious transactions among nearly $75,000 in campaign expenditures after Meadows announced his retirement from Congress last December, payments which extended well after his official resignation when he joined the White House on March 30.  "One of the clearest rules in campaign finance is you can't spend your campaign's finances on yourself," Noah Bookbinder, director of CREW, said in a statement announcing the complaint. "That is what it looks like happened here, and it must be thoroughly investigated." Across...
    Roger Sollenberger October 21, 2020 10:00AM (UTC) White House chief of staff Mark Meadows reported spending tens of thousands of dollars through his campaign and leadership PAC on what appear to be personal expenses, including gourmet cupcakes, a cell phone bill, grocery purchases, lavish meals, thousands of dollars at a Washington jeweler and lodging at the Trump International Hotel, according to FEC filings. A number of the expenses align with Lynda Bennett's failed campaign to fill the North Carolina seat left vacant in the U.S. House of Representatives by Meadows, both before and after Trump named Meadows for the White House job. : Meadows had endorsed Bennett, a friend and ally, and when the Republican primary in that district grew unexpectedly contentious in the wake of Meadows' resignation, local Republicans began to suspect that the chief of staff was putting his thumb on the scale. Salon's investigation now raises questions about whether Meadows' support ventured into the financial realm as well. Meadows announced late last December that he would not run for re-election in his North Carolina congressional seat, but his campaign went on to spend more...
    President Donald Trump’s campaign and allied super PAC America First Action have halted television and radio ads in Michigan amid concerns of underperformance in the battleground state. The Trump campaign stopped running ads in Michigan last week and America First Action has not aired ads since July 2, McClatchy DC reported. The campaign and super PAC are both running ads planned for Michigan in other battleground states, including Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. America First Action cut Michigan from its ad buy in early July and replaced the state with Arizona and North Carolina, The New York Times reported. “We’re looking at the map and basing our investment decisions on the most reliable pathway to 270 electoral college votes,” an adviser to America First Action said. The super PAC believes Michigan is still in play and also encouraged the Trump campaign to continue campaign activity in the state, according to McClatchy DC. President Donald Trump speaks at the Kellogg Arena on December 18, 2019 in Battle Creek, Michigan (Scott Olson/Getty Images) Data provided by Advertising Analytics revealed the Trump campaign shrunk its...
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