US President Donald Trump speaks about the United States – Mexico – Canada agreement, known as USMCA, during a visit to Dana Incorporated, an auto supplier manufacturer, in Warren, Michigan, January 30, 2020.
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Pro-Trump outside groups America First Action and America First Policies combined to raise $50.4 million in 2019 giving the president a boost going into an election year.
President Donald Trump, whose campaign raised $46 million last quarter, will also be seeing an advantage from his flagship super PAC in 2020 with America First Action finishing 2019 raising just over $19 million, according to the groups’ spokeswoman. The nonprofit, America First Policies, which focuses on promoting many of the president’s policy accomplishments, brought in $31 million. The two organizations combined have $42 million on hand.
The success of these external organizations comes as Trump has been on trial for impeachment in the Senate and while he looks to move ahead with a variety of policy goals, including a “phase two” trade deal with China.
“America First Action is well-positioned to help the President deliver a crushing victory in 2020. All of our operating expenses have been covered for this year, so every penny we raise from this point out will be used to hammer our Democratic opponent and advance the President’s agenda. No other outside group is more ready and able to help the President win reelection,” America First Action’s chairwoman, Linda McMahon, said in a statement.
McMahon resigned as head of the Small Business Administration in March.
Some of the top donors to the PAC from July until the end of the year include UFC President Dana White, who gave $1 million, Richard DeVos, husband of Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, and venture capitalist Walter Buckley. Trump was met with boos when he attended a UFC match in November, however, White continues to be a staunch defender of the president.
More details on the super PAC’s activity will be revealed by the end of Friday’s filing deadline.
Full list of donors to America First Action (7/1-12/31):
Linda McMahon $1.74M
Dana White $1M
Ronald Cameron $800K
Eliezer Scheiner $750K
Walter Buckley $640K
Elizabeth Uihlein $525K
Warren Stephens $500K
Richard DeVos $400K
Cherna Moskowitz $300K
Foster Friess $250,000
Mark Stitzer $250K