ICYMI: Trump “Plowing Cash” Into Fight Against Brian Kemp
Donald Trump is continuing his all-out war on Brian Kemp, according to new reporting from Politico. His Save America PAC has given $500,000 to a super PAC focused on unseating Kemp — with plans to give more.
It’s “an indication that he’s willing to dig into his massive war chest to defeat his foes,” Politico wrote.
Since receiving the donation, the PAC has been running a TV ad saying Kemp can’t win a general election.
The ad is the latest escalation of an ongoing battle where Trump has already verbally attacked Kemp and held rallies, recorded a TV ad, and hosted a fundraiser for David Perdue.
Read key excerpts from the article below.
POLITICO: Trump machine spends to take down Georgia governor
Former President Donald Trump’s political operation is plowing cash into Georgia’s Republican gubernatorial primary — his organization’s first major financial investment in a midterm race and an indication that he’s willing to dig into his massive war chest to defeat his foes.
Trump’s Save America PAC has transferred $500,000 to a super PAC devoted to defeating Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, whom the former president has targeted over his refusal to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election results. Those close to Trump’s political apparatus describe it as an initial cash infusion ahead of the May 24 primary, which pits Kemp against Trump-endorsed former Sen. David Perdue.
The move underscores the importance — and urgency — of Georgia in Trump’s eyes. Kemp has a substantial polling lead over Perdue and has far outpaced his rival in fundraising, despite absorbing more than a year of attacks from the former president. Trump recruited Perdue into the primary and nudged out another candidate who threatened to cut into Perdue’s vote. The former president recently held a rally for Perdue, recorded a TV advertisement for him and hosted a fundraiser benefiting his campaign.
Since receiving the donation from Save America PAC on March 25, the anti-Kemp Get Georgia Right super PAC began running a TV ad saying that Kemp “dismissed concerns about voter fraud in the 2020 election.” The ad argued that “if Kemp can’t beat voter fraud, he won’t beat [Democratic candidate] Stacey Abrams” in the November general election.
The commercial is running in the more conservative parts of the state, with an eye toward driving Trump supporters out to the polls for Perdue. The super PAC’s senior adviser is Gregg Phillips, a conservative activist whom Trump name-checked in a 2017 tweet after Phillips made the unfounded claim that 3 million votes were cast fraudulently in the 2016 election.
“President Trump has demonstrated a strong interest in making sure the truth emerges about what happened in Georgia. He has also stated that the best way to solve this problem is electing people who acknowledge it and are committed to improving election integrity,” said Jessica Freese, a Get Georgia Right spokesperson.