Be careful to whom you donate - it may not be going where you think!
The article below documents groups that many of us thought were supporting Donald Trump but who are not spending much of the money they raise, using Trump's name, on getting him re-elected. Now this article is from left leaning Politico, so I would not just believe what they say, but clearly more research is required before giving to some of the groups mentioned in the article.
One thing is clear, the ONLY for sure places to donate to Donald Trump are:
America First Action Super PAC
Now, other groups like the NRA
and the We the People Convention
need your financial support as well because we will play an important roll in the 2020 election at the grass roots level in all of the key states. Other Christian Groups are also worthy of your support. You can click here to get a list of organizations that we support
who also deserve your support.
We recently sent out a story asking you NOT to donate to some "conservative groups"
, such as AFP, FreedomWorks, Heritage and 19 others who have been found by the group Campaign for Accountablity
and exposed by Tucker Carlson, to be working with Big Tech to help silence real Conservatives. I can now share with you the full report
that identifies these mostly Koch funded groups so you can get the facts for yourself and even download the full report. Any group, conservative or not, that is fighting to protect Big Tech's monopoly on information is the enemy of Freedom and not worthy of your support!
Groups Unaffiliated With Trump Are Still Fundraising Using His Name
By MAGGIE SEVERNS 12/23/2019
As President Donald Trump raises money for his reelection campaign, he’s competing for cash with a growing mass of pro-Trump PACs, dark money groups and off-brand Facebook advertisers neither affiliated with nor endorsed by Trump’s campaign. And they have pulled in over $46 million so far.
The groups mimic Trump’s brand in the way they look and feel. They borrow the president’s Twitter avatar on Facebook pages, use clips of Trump’s voice in robocalls asking for “an emergency contribution to the campaign” and, in some cases, have been affiliated with former Trump aides, such as onetime deputy campaign manager David Bossie. But most are spending little money to help the president win in 2020, POLITICO found.
The unofficial pro-Trump boosters number in the hundreds and are alarming the actual operatives charged with reelecting the president: They suck up money that Trump aides think should be going to the campaign or the Republican National Committee, and they muddy the Trump campaign’s message and make it harder to accumulate new donors, Trump allies say.
“There’s nothing we can do to stop them,” said Kelly Sadler, a spokeswoman for America First, the one super PAC authorized by Trump. “This is a problem for the campaign, as well as us, as well as for the RNC.”
Overall, $46.7 million flowed into close to 20 Trump booster organizations, structured as PACs or political nonprofits and with names like Latinos for the President and MAGA Coalition, between January 2017 and the end of June 2019, according to the most recent data available. The overwhelming majority of the money comes from donors giving $200 or less.
“There’s nothing we can do to stop them."
- Kelly Sadler, spokesperson for America First.
Additionally, 265 Facebook pages spent more than $4 million on Trump-related advertising in the past year and a half, but they are not registered political committees, according to advertising disclosures from the social media company. There are no public records of how much money these groups raised off their advertising, but the millions spent give some indication of the size of the lucrative online market selling pro-Trump merchandise — which, of course, the Trump campaign also sells.
The Trump campaign has made public statements and sent letters to the Federal Election Commission calling for all outside groups except America First to cease operations.
And in a statement to POLITICO, the Trump campaign urged federal authorities to probe potentially illegal behavior.
“President Trump’s campaign condemns any organization that deceptively uses the President’s name, likeness, trademarks, or branding and confuses voters,” the Trump campaign said. “There is no excuse for any group, including ones run by people who claim to be part of our ‘coalition,’ to suggest they directly support President Trump’s reelection or any other candidates. We encourage the appropriate authorities to investigate all alleged scam groups for potential illegal activities.”
But the statements have made little impact. While they have helped drive wealthy donors to the White House’s preferred groups, Sadler said, grassroots Republican donors are still being picked off by the pirate pro-Trump groups.
“It’s taking advantage of people who want to give [money], and a vast majority of this money doesn’t go to the campaigns. It doesn’t go to the cause,” said GOP operative Matt Gorman, who worked for Mitt Romney's and Jeb Bush’s presidential campaigns.
The money trail
Great America PAC, which bills itself as Trump’s “strongest and most active independent ally,” raised $11.1 million from 2017 to mid-2019, and it has reported spending $4.5 million on ads supporting Trump and his allies since the president’s election, according to the FEC.
But Great America PAC has no actual affiliation with the Trump campaign, as a disclaimer at the bottom of its website notes. And the group pays large sums to its main employees and their businesses, FEC and IRS documents show.
Great America PAC's affiliated nonprofit, called Great America Alliance, paid $2.7 million to consultants in 2017 and 2018, according to tax forms filed with the IRS, accounting for nearly half the group's total operating expenses. In 2017 alone, $955,382 went to Frontline Strategies, a public affairs and government relations firm registered in California by Great America PAC co-chairman Eric Beach, for “management services,” according to the tax filings. It is unclear whether Great America PAC's leader, Ed Rollins, received payments from the nonprofit, but the PAC’s FEC reports show it paid Rollins $330,000 since the start of 2017.
And a review raises questions about the $4.5 million in TV ad spending Great America PAC claimed in filings with the FEC and in public statements over the past 2½ years.
Advertising Analytics, a TV ad-tracking firm, said the data it has collected shows only $359,901 in TV spending by Great America PAC between January 2017 and December 2019.
In an interview, Beach said the discrepancy was because Great America PAC buys almost all of its ads "through providers such as DirectTV, DISH, Comcast, OANN" and not through cable and broadcast advertising.
Advertising Analytics said its data collected for POLITICO would include Comcast cable ad purchases and would most likely incorporate ads for satellite and DISH networks, but some information could be missing because of how the advertising is purchased.
Great America PAC “generally avoids inefficient, expensive national media buys in favor of direct buys, smaller providers, last minute and even pre-emptable media,” the group’s lawyer, Dan Backer, wrote in an email. “It’s not done to be reported, it’s done to be effective.”
Beach said the payments for "management services" to his firm, Frontline Strategies, were for a range of services, including money that was not kept and was routed through his firm to place ad buys.
As for the Trump campaign's wishes that other pro-Trump groups shut down, Beach said he had seen the Trump campaign's statements about outside spending. But he said Great America PAC was "very instrumental in the 2016 election and we plan to be the same in 2020."
Another group urging small-dollar donors to help Trump is Tea Party PAC, which has raised $607,790 so far this year.
“We have only TWO OPTIONS: build a MASSIVE war chest now or give up and let the Democrats impeach President Trump ahead of the election,” the group’s website says.
More than half of the money raised, $357,900, went to an obscure business, Retromedia LLC, with only one client among federal campaigns and political committees, according to the FEC: Tea Party PAC.
Retromedia is registered in Wyoming to Steve Eichler, who, according to his personal website, is the PAC’s founder and president as well as “Founder and C.E.O. of Tea Party.” Fundraising emails accounted for the bulk of the Tea Party PAC’s other expenses, according to federal disclosures. Tea Party PAC did not respond to a request for comment.
Other groups, like Support American Leaders PAC, use Trump's voice on robocalls to pitch donors.
"On behalf of the Trump family, we wish everyone a merry Christmas and a happy, happy New Year," says one call offering donors a Trump family Christmas card in exchange for a donation, according to robocalls collected by the company Nomorobo.
Though Support American Leaders PAC has raised more than half a million dollars this year, according to disclosures filed with the FEC, the group has not reported spending any money — not even on the robocalls raising the funds.
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