Trump, Hungry for Energy, Tries to Wrestle Away G.O.P. Fund-Elevating


“I absolutely help the Republican Social gathering and vital GOP Committees, however I don’t help RINOs and fools, and it’s not their proper to make use of my likeness or picture to boost funds,” he mentioned. However at the same time as he tried to make clear that he supported his celebration, he gave one other plug for his personal group. “For those who donate to our Save America PAC at, you might be serving to the America First motion and doing it proper,” he mentioned.

For now, aides mentioned, Mr. Trump’s plan is to stockpile cash so he can stay a pressure in politics and assist candidates difficult dissident Republicans like Consultant Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who supported impeaching him this yr.

Mr. Trump, together with the nationwide celebration, raised roughly $250 million between Election Day and President Biden’s inauguration. Greater than $60 million of that went to a brand new political motion committee. That committee and the previous president’s marketing campaign committee have been each transformed to linked political motion committees. Mr. Trump’s aides mentioned this week that that they had not but began to ship fund-raising solicitations since he left workplace, however deliberate to take action within the coming days.

The Republican conflict might resonate notably within the Home.

If Mr. Trump is profitable in persuading donors to offer cash to him as an alternative of supporting Republican Home candidates straight, he might trigger issues for Consultant Kevin McCarthy, the minority chief, who’s making an attempt to take again the Home in two years. He must flip 5 seats to take action.

“For those who management the cash, you management the celebration,” mentioned Dan Eberhart, a Republican donor.

Some Republican strategists famous that lower than a decade in the past, Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, the celebration’s 2012 presidential nominee, was the most important fund-raising title in G.O.P. politics. Now he barely recognizes his celebration.

The strategists performed down the menace Mr. Trump poses to Republican fund-raising. “The donors which can be distinctive to him who could be affected by that message are individuals who wouldn’t have donated within the first place,” mentioned Josh Holmes, a political adviser to Senator Mitch McConnell, the minority chief.

Mr. Holmes additionally mentioned that because the Biden administration rolled out new insurance policies like a virtually $2 trillion aid invoice, Republicans would coalesce in opposition and develop new fund-raising constituencies.