Allies of former President Donald Trump are creating a new super political action committee (PAC), MAGA Inc., that is expected to act as the key vehicle for his midterm spending on candidates he endorses.
The paperwork for the PAC was filed with the Federal Election Commission on Sept. 23. The PAC is designed to distribute collected funds to key races that could boost Trump’s chances if he chooses once more to run for the White House. So far this year, Trump has only spent minimal amounts on Republican candidates. Trump’s existing Save America PAC reportedly has roughly $100 million in cash reserves, which might potentially be transferred to MAGA Inc., according to Politico.
Save America has restrictions on the amount of money it can spend on political activities—a limitation that does not apply to MAGA Inc.
Democrats have so far raised more funds than Republicans as the election campaign stretches into the final legs, according to AP. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has asked GOP candidates to request Trump for financial support for their races.
“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,” said Taylor Budowich, who will serve as the group’s executive director, according to Politico.
Tony Fabrizio, who worked on Trump’s 2016 and 2020 campaigns, is expected to oversee polling at MAGA Inc. Chris LaCivita, who ran a pro-Trump super PAC during the 2020 presidential election, will act as the chief strategist. Meredith O’Rourke will run the finance team.
Vilification of MAGA
The establishment of the new MAGA Inc. super PAC comes as President Joe Biden has attacked the term in recent months. In a Sept. 1 address, Biden said “MAGA Republicans” hold an “extreme ideology” and said that they threaten the “very foundations of our republic.”
On Sept. 18, an 18-year-old teenager was murdered by a man who said the young man belonged to a “Republican extremist group.”
In an interview with The Epoch Times, Adam Hardage, a disabled veteran and small business owner, warned that there is a “coordinated weaponization” of federal agencies aimed at destroying the MAGA movement.
“Frankly, it’s unbelievable where we are. It is very dangerous language for a sitting president to vilify half of the American population. The statements he is making are very inciteful and irresponsible. It was the most inciteful and dangerous political event I’ve seen in my 47 years. I don’t know how else to phrase it,” Hardage said.
Now that the Biden administration has called MAGA Republicans a threat to democracy and is marshaling federal law enforcement to focus on them, a new type of “submerged voters” has been created that is harder to poll or even estimate, Robert C. Cahaly, chief pollster at The Trafalgar Group, said in a Sept. 17 tweet.
Such “submerged voters” don’t answer polls, post their opinions, or post stickers on their cars. “The 2022 Republican turnout will likely be higher than any of the polls or models are showing,” he said.