Posted originally on the conservative tree house on August 1, 2021 | Sundance | 116 Comments
When Donald J Trump entered politics in 2015, the RNC club -then headed by Reince Priebus- was dismissive. The RNC club was/is an echo-chamber of big donor and corporate influence. However, the blue-collar message carried by Donald Trump resonated with middle-America. The forgotten men, women and families responded in more ways than the immediate (and never diminishing) first place in the polls, they opened their checkbooks.
The scale of response from the MAGA supporters was unknown to the Club during their early 2016 efforts to position, Rubio, Cruz and eventually Kasich to take down the crass vulgarian. However, despite the Club’s earnest efforts, Donald Trump was indefatigable and his supporters were unfazed by the corporate media attacks.
If any issue ever highlighted the disconnect between the RNC club and the base of voters they claimed to represent, the campaign support for Donald Trump and the America-First agenda was a case study.
Then something happened…. in March and April of 2016, the club began having to accept that Donald Trump was going to be the nominee. The people behind MAGA were not going to leave him.
As a result of the Republican club’s terms and conditions, the RNC President, Reince Priebus, got his first look at the Trump campaign books. For the first time, the RNC president saw the number of people who contributed to the campaign account of Donald Trump. That was the club inflection point.
The RNC had never seen the number of donations, small donations, for a single presidential candidate, ever. The most shocking statistic was not the amount of money raised by Trump, but the sheer number of donors supporting him. Trump’s MAGA donor base file became the most valuable commodity the RNC club had ever seen.
The vast majority of these small donors had never appeared on any donor filings before. These were the hidden voters, the monster voters, the people who never previously engaged in politics or financially supported a political candidate before.
THESE were the MAGA voters. These were the millions of previously invisible middle-Americans who finally had someone they could support. They finally had a candidate who was talking about their issues, the issues of the working class.
After Priebus saw the books, from that moment forward the RNC Club was 100% behind the nomination of Donald J Trump to become the republican presidential candidate. Access to the donor files that candidate Donald Trump assembled became the necessity for every Republican running for office.
The club rules means that in order for the club to formally support the candidate, Donald Trump had to share his supporter files with the RNC. In combination with their corporate sponsors, the RNC has been harvesting from that set of MAGA donor files ever since they claimed to accept Donald Trump as the head of the club. However, there is an interesting dynamic….
Most of the MAGA donors did not convert to being RNC club donors. Instead, they remain loyal to the one person who has not stabbed them in the back, lied to them and played political games. The majority of the MAGA donors still contribute to Donald J Trump, because he alone has earned that trust while visibly walking through the fire of political opposition from both wings of the UniParty in DC.
A recent article on the current state of political contributions reflects exactly this dynamic. There are more small donors, grassroots MAGA supporters, in the contributions to President Trump -a man no longer holding office- than there are in the donors to the RNC Club. This lack of transference has never happened before, not even close.
Save America PAC and Make America Great Again PAC
The primary mechanism for supporting President Trump and the MAGA agenda remains [DonaldJTrump.Com]. That is where the primary mechanism Save America JFC (joint fundraising committee) exists. According to Politico –SEE HERE– this mechanism raised $62 Million in the first half of this year, and now holds over $90 million on hand.
This money is also out of the reach of the RNC Club… [you can imagine their teeth gnashing]. As a result, President Trump has two subsidiaries under SAVE AMERICA JFC. (#1) Save America Leadership PAC (Donald Trump), and (#2) Make America Great Again PAC (Corey Lewandowski). In total the organization has raised over $82 million in the first half of the year and holds $102 million in the bank.
Politico – Former President Donald Trump’s political committees brought in $82 million during the first half of 2021 and have $102 million in the bank, according to federal filings made public Saturday evening.
The figures, shared first with POLITICO, underscore the profound reach of Trump’s fundraising power. While the former president is out of office and has been deplatformed on social media sites, he maintains a massive online donor network that he could lean on should he wage a 2024 comeback bid.
The scenario is virtually unprecedented: Never in history has a former president banked nine figures’ worth of donations to power a political operation. (read more)
This $102 million is the MAGA war-chest which will be used to support MAGA candidates in 2022, mostly through the MAGA PAC (Lewandowski); and then position President Trump into 2024.
This is the donor fuel from ‘We The People’, directed into President Trump to support MAGA candidates, in an effort to avoid the RNC club using donor funding to support republican candidates that are against the MAGA agenda.
This is the Big Ugly fuel….