Trump allies launch new super PAC to back GOP midterm candidates as ex-president eyes 2024 campaign

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Called MAGA, Inc., the new group will merge with an existing Trump-sanctioned super PAC that was primarily overseen by former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and former US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell. As of last month, that group had spent just over $2 million to boost Trump-backed Senate and House candidates in their primary races earlier this year.

“President Trump is committed to saving America, and Make America Great Again, Inc. will ensure that is achieved at the polls in November and beyond,” Trump spokesman Taylor said. Budowich, in a statement Friday.

Budowich has been tasked with leading the new super PAC, with former Trump campaign aide Steven Cheung serving as its communications director; longtime Trump pollster Tony Fabrizio; GOP veteran Chris LaCivita, who will become the group’s chief strategist; and Sergio Gor, whose conservative publishing house released Trump’s first post-presidential book last year (a collection of White House and campaign trail photographs) and will serve as senior adviser to MAGA, Inc.

Trump’s newest fundraising vehicle was first reported by Politico.

Ahead of the November election, Trump has been under pressure to tap into the mountain of money raised by his PAC leadership, Save America and the Bondi-led group to boost federal and non-federal candidates who won his support during of their primaries but hang or run too close to feel comfortable against their Democratic opponents. The former president had more than $103 million in his coffers at the end of August, according to the latest available data from the Federal Election Commission. People familiar with the matter said most of those funds will be transferred to MAGA, Inc., which is expected to start spending on major mid-term races immediately.

Federal records show that Trump’s main fundraising vehicle, Save America, has paid out more than $8.4 million to candidates and committees at the federal, state and local levels since January 2021 – a large sum, but practically nothing compared to what other major Republican groups have incurred and only about $1.4 million more than the former president has spent on legal fees this cycle (nearly $7 million). The pro-GOP Senate Leadership Fund is spending about $205 million on ads in Senate races this cycle, according to a CNN analysis, which includes what the group has already spent and its ad bookings over the next month. Meanwhile, the Congressional Leadership Fund, which is aligned with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, plans to spend $141 million this fall on ads alone.

Trump’s aides have long insisted that his spending be supplemented by the campaign rallies and fundraisers he’s organized to benefit various Republicans, as well as his coveted endorsement, which has helped many of his chosen candidates in office. prevail in the contested primaries earlier this year. But others say the former president’s lack of financial help should not be ignored.

“Trump has never gone out of his way to help the candidates – unless he sees how it helps him. His camp says, ‘Well, he helps them by organizing these events,’ which I would say , is not really helpful because you never know if Trump is going to insult the candidate,” said Doug Heye, GOP strategist and former communications director for the Republican National Committee.

A person familiar with the new group said it will spend “heavily” on key Senate and gubernatorial races this fall, but declined to disclose a target amount including the specific contests the Trump-backed super PAC is on. plans to focus. Another person close to Trump said the group had been in the planning stages for several months and would likely be part of his campaign apparatus if he launches a third presidential bid, as is widely expected.

After months of considering a pre-midterm launch date for a 2024 campaign, Trump is now waiting to see how Republicans fare in November — hoping to avoid blame if the party’s overall gains falter. turn out to be disappointing.

“He is convinced that there is no advantage to doing it before the mid-terms and that there are many potential disadvantages. At the moment the target is the first quarter of next year. but, of course, once the election is over, he could really do it at any time.” said a Trump adviser.

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