Who gives to Trump’s super PAC
🚨 An update on the war in Ukraine:
Ukrainian leaders have signaled in recent days that Russia’s destruction of Mariupol could derail peace talks, putting an end to the war even further out of reach. Dmytro KulebaUkraine’s foreign minister said on Sunday that the siege of the southeastern port city – which has killed thousands of civilians – “could be a red line”.
Attacks continued elsewhere in Ukraine over the weekend:
- In Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second city, five people were killed and at least 13 injured in the latest attack in eastern Ukraine, where Russia is expected to step up its offensive in the coming days.
- Near the capital, kyiv, a Russian missile attack hit a town early on Sunday, officials said.
- Our colleagues also observed evidence of lethal darts rarely seen in modern conflicts used by Russian forces near kyiv.
Five takeaways from the latest campaign finance filings
Candidates in the races that will determine who controls the Senate next year — as well as the many super PACs who support them — filed their latest campaign finance disclosure on Friday. While many of them are touting their fundraising halls well before the deadline, there are always hidden surprises in the reports themselves.
Here are five takeaways from the repositories for those of you who haven’t spent your Friday nights browsing through them.
Who is funding Trump’s super PAC
the Make America Great Again! Inc. super PAC is not the former president’s flagship donald trumpthe political financing operation of . The super PAC brought in $4.3 million in the first quarter of the year – a fraction of the $19 million that Trump Save America Joint Fundraising Committee high in the same period.
But make America more beautiful, again! has a crucial advantage: unlike Trump’s PAC, the super PAC can accept massive checks from Trump’s wealthiest backers.
Among the top super PAC donors in the first three months of the year: Caryn Borlandwhose support for the QAnon conspiracy theory led the former vice president Mike Pence for cancel a 2020 fundraiser that she and her husband had to host for him, and the garbage collection tycoon Antoine Lomangino, each of which donated $250,000. So did a company linked to the Texas road construction baron Doug Pitcock.
More than a dozen additional donors have given at least $100,000 to the super PAC, including the Texas oil tycoon S. Javaid Anwar and Kent HanceRepublican lobbyist and former congressman.
Who writes the big checks
While Trump’s political operation has more than twice as much cash as the Republican National Committee In fact, the biggest Republican donors are not directing their efforts to help Trump. They give to Republican super PACs seeking to win back the House and Senate this fall.
Stephen Schwarzmanthe billionaire chairman and CEO of black stonedonated $10 million to Senate Leadership Fund, the flagship super PAC supporting Republican Senate candidates. He gave another $10 million to Congressional Leadership Fundthe super PAC backing Republican House candidates.
Among the other top donors to the Senate Leadership Fund: the hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffinwho donated $5 million, and Rupert Murdochwho donated $2 million. Home deposit co-founder Ken Langon; Home Depot’s first investor Walter Buckley Jr.; hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer; and Chevron each donated $1 million.
Other top donors to the Congressional Leadership Fund include: Griffin, who gave $7.5 million (and who told the the wall street journalit is John McCormick that he would have donated over $18 million in total to five conservative groups this year); the investor Charles Schwab, which donated $1.5 million; and the co-founder of Home Depot Bernard Marcuswho donated $1.2 million.
Flagship super PACs on the Democratic side — Senate Majority PAC and CAP Majority Room — file their disclosure reports monthly instead of quarterly, so no new donors were revealed on Friday.
Some of the same Republican donors are funding a super PAC backing the former hedge fund executive David McCormick in controversial primary for successful retirement Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.). McCormick faces Mehmet Oz — which won Trump’s endorsement this month — and Carla Sandsformer Trump ambassador to Denmark, in the Republican primary.
The super PAC, Honor Pennsylvania, Inc., raised nearly $10 million in the first three months of the year. His donors included Griffin, who donated $2.5 million; Buckley, who donated $1.25 million; Singer, who contributed $1 million; and Schwarzman, who donated $500,000.
(Axios‘ Lachlan Markay possesses a helpful summary where some of the other single-candidate super PACs collect their money from.)
Monetary advantage of Democratic senators
The four Democratic senators facing the toughest re-election races this year — two of whom have been in the Senate for barely a year — have all racked up massive campaign accounts. Senator Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) had $25.6 million on hand as of March 31, Senator Mark Kelly (D-Arizona) had $23.3 million, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) had $11.1 million and Senator Maggie Hassan (DN.H.) has $7.6 million.
None of those states have yet held primaries, but there are strong Republican primary favorites in Georgia and Nevada.
Herschel walkerwho is slated to face Warnock in November, had $7.4 million in his campaign account as of March 31. And the former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxaltwho leads the Senate Republican primary polls there, had $2.2 million.
Like Politicsit is Zach Montellaro reports, one of the top donors so far this year is not a long-time megadonor. It’s a crypto company.
The crypto outfit Prime Trust LLC donated $14 million to Protect our futurea super PAC supported by Sam Bankman Fried, the billionaire CEO of a crypto exchange.
Protect Our Future has so far spent more than $12.9 million on ads, direct mail and signage supporting Democratic House candidates in a handful of races. They include Representative Lucy McBath (D-Ga.), who faces a tough primary after Republicans drew her to the same district as representing Caroline Bourdeaux (D-Ga.); Carrick Flynn, who is running for a new House seat in Oregon; and Jasmine Crocketrunning for a successful retirement Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Tex.).
Rick Scott draws criticism for his actions as GOP Senate campaign leader
Difficult Crowd: “Florida Senator Rick Scott was publicly disguised by the Republican leader Mitch McConnellprivately chastised by his colleagues and repeatedly accused of running the Republican National Senate Committee in a way that benefits his own future over the candidates he has been hired to get elected,” our colleagues Michael Scherer and Josh Dawsey report.
- “He led a significant portion of his fundraising as chairman of the NRSC on its own account, while diverting digital revenue from Senate campaigns and buying ads promoting him that look almost identical to the spots he does for the national committee.
- “But in the seven weeks of turmoil since Scott gave up a defiant Conservative political bombshell against an unsuspecting party — a plan that included tax increases and expiration dates for all federal laws, including those establishing Social Security and Medicare — he did not not once expressed regret. Instead, the former hospital chain CEO and two-term governor, the richest man in the Senate, says he owes his critics nothing.
- “All my life people have told me that, you know, you’re doing it the wrong way. You can’t, you shouldn’t do that. he told Scherer and Dawsey during a recent interview at NRSC headquarters. “I have been here for three years. Do you know how many people have come up to me and asked me, before voting, what my opinion is on something and if it’s good for my condition? It would be zero.
John Fetterman thinks his path to the Senate runs through Pennsylvania’s most Republican counties
The man in gym shorts: “Rural Democrats. The mute minority. A beleaguered species. Here in Adams County, Pennsylvania, which borders Maryland, 66% of voters opted for President Donald Trump in 2020 – about the same as who voted for him in 2016, and 3% more than for Mitt Romneythe Republican candidate in 2012″, our colleague Paul Schwartzman writing.
- “That’s the trend in Pennsylvania and in many parts of the country. As rural counties turn increasingly red, some Democrats have focused on winning over suburban voters put off by Trumpism and trying to maximize turnout in cities densely populated by Democrats.
- John Fetterman, 52, “who is the so-called Democratic frontrunner for coveted U.S. Senate seat vacated by incumbent Republican Senator Patrick J. Toomeypretended not to give up the red counties.
- “These are the places where the Trump campaign signs are still in the front yards and banners hang from poles and porches. Several are visible along the Lincoln Highway, the road leading to Gettysburg. Also, on the outskirts of town, a banner on the side of a shed that reads “F— Biden.”
- “I had a ‘Resist’ sticker on my car which I took off because I don’t want to deal with harassment,” Marty Wilder, a leader of the McKean County Democratic Party, told Schwartzman. “It’s quite difficult to be in such a minority.”
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