Grind for April 25th, 2019
“The nice thing about being a celebrity is that, if you bore people, they think it’s their fault.”
– Henry Kissinger
The ‘Trump 2020’ fundraising campaign is off to a great start
President Trump’s fundraising campaign is attracting lots of attention from big money donors who opposed him in 2016.
The project, which rewards high-performing bundlers with invitations to attend high-profile events and join prestigious clubs, is based closely on the Pioneers network that helped Bush win in 2000.
“I’m really hoping to make sure we get every person that was a Rubio or Bush supporter in 2016…and make sure that they’re working for the president and even going back to a lot of the Romney people from 2012,” says RNC finance chairman Todd Ricketts. “It’s the same pool.”
The fundraising campaign marks a significant turnaround for Trump – who in 2016 criticized opponents for their reliance on the GOP establishment – and for traditional donors, who largely opposed Trump in 2016.
“All you have to do is look at what the other side is gearing up for and this is a pretty easy decision for a lot of people,” says lobbyist Geoff Verhoff, who supported Marco Rubio in 2016. “From a policy standpoint, there’s virtually nothing they disagree with, then layer on top of that the choice that the other side is presenting to the country and it’s a no-brainer.”
Leading the effort to win over traditional GOP donors is Jack Oliver, who aided George W. Bush and Jeb Bush during their presidential campaigns.
“I think you’ll have a significant number of Bush and Romney veterans that were on the sidelines or didn’t get overly involved in 2016 but will be involved in the 2020 campaign,” says Oliver.
Trump’s re-election campaign has also been successful in attracting small donors, who helped the GOP team raise $30 million in the first quarter (that’s about 21x more cash than Obama’s re-election team had in 2011).
The average small-dollar contribution was about $34, and nearly 99% of donations were less than $200. Combined with the $46 million raised in the first quarter by the RNC, Trump’s re-election campaign has about $82 million cash on hand.
According to Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale, the tremendous support for Trump is the result of “promises made, promises kept” as well as the “enormous appeal of his determination to Make American Great Again.”
Trump 2020 aides will discuss the fundraising project at length with key donors on May 7th during a closed-door event in Washington, DC.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warns against impeachment talk
Top Democrats are trying to reign in calls for impeachment following the release of Robert Mueller’s report.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and others held a conference call Monday to discuss how best to discourage such talk, warning that a push to oust Trump without first pinpointing criminal wrongdoing could harm the Party’s performance in the elections next year.
“As we proceed to uncover the truth and present additional needed reforms to protect our democracy, we must show the American people we are proceeding free from passion or prejudice,” wrote Pelosi. “It is also important to know that the facts regarding holding the President accountable can be gained outside of impeachment hearings.”
Pelosi is all too aware of the potential ramifications here, having had a front row seat to the impeachment of Bill Clinton in 1998 and the damage it caused the Republican Party.
While the Mueller Report did not find evidence of collusion or of criminal wrongdoing, it did include 10 examples of Trump potentially obstructing justice.
Some Democrats have described the document as a “roadmap” for impeachment.
“The bottom line message is: proceed with caution, but proceed,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), one of several Democrats who started to think about impeachment after reading the Mueller Report. “I have to admit that the Mueller report has shifted my views, and has forced me to reexamine an issue I thought I had pretty much come to grips with.”
Others in favor of impeachment include: Al Green (D-TX), Maxine Waters (D-CA), Jared Huffman (D-CA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Val Demings (D-FL).
“I think we have great evidence that the president has blatantly violated so many laws. It’s just ridiculous,” said Demings. “Mueller didn’t do us any favors,” she added, “he left us bread crumbs to follow.”
When asked if he was worried about impeachment, President Trump responded: “Not even a little bit.”
As he tweeted Monday, “Only high crimes and misdemeanors can lead to impeachment. There were no crimes by me, so you can’t impeach. It was the Democrats that committed the crimes, not your Republican President! Tables are finally turning on the Witch Hunt!”
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