Reuters: Trump’s new challenge: How to spend $90 million
Reuters: Trump's new challenge: How to spend $90 million
WASHINGTON, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Donald Trump’s Save America fundraising committee has raised more than $90 million since his election defeat last year, one of the biggest hauls by any Republican group.
The massive sum illustrates the former president’s grip on the party but also poses a problem – Trump’s war chest is so large that even if the committee were to make the $5,000 maximum donation to a Republican in every congressional election it would take decades to spend it.
But a disclosure filed by Save America on Saturday highlights what experts expect will be a primary outlay: It could fund years of Trump rallies, preparing for a possible 2024 White House run while ostensibly helping other candidates.
Campaign finance experts say that under Federal Election Commission rules, Save America can fund Trump’s political travel and activities, but not his presidential campaign should he launch a bid, something he has yet to do. …
After next year’s congressional elections, when the Democrats’ razor-thin majorities in both chambers of Congress will be on the line, it could be harder for Save America to argue that its rallies serve interests other than Trump’s, said Paul Ryan, an attorney at Common Cause, a nonpartisan group that advocates for government reform.
“It will be incumbent on the Federal Election Commission to crack down and declare that an illegal use of non-candidate funds for a presidential campaign,” Ryan said.