“I totally assist the Republican Social gathering and essential GOP Committees, however I don’t assist RINOs and fools, and it isn’t their proper to make use of my likeness or picture to boost funds,” he mentioned. However whilst he tried to make clear that he supported his get together, he gave one other plug for his personal group. “If you happen to donate to our Save America PAC at DonaldJTrump.com, you’re 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 get together, 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 they’d not but began to ship fund-raising solicitations since he left workplace, however deliberate to take action within the coming days.
The Republican conflict may resonate notably within the Home.
If Mr. Trump is profitable in persuading donors to present cash to him as a substitute of supporting Republican Home candidates instantly, he may trigger issues for Consultant Kevin McCarthy, the minority chief, who’s attempting to take again the Home in two years. He must flip 5 seats to take action.
“If you happen to management the cash, you management the get together,” mentioned Dan Eberhart, a Republican donor.
Some Republican strategists famous that lower than a decade in the past, Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, the get together’s 2012 presidential nominee, was the largest fund-raising identify in G.O.P. politics. Now he barely acknowledges his get together.
The strategists performed down the menace Mr. Trump poses to Republican fund-raising. “The donors which are distinctive to him who can 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 an almost $2 trillion reduction invoice, Republicans would coalesce in opposition and develop new fund-raising constituencies.