Donald Trump is supporting a new Republican group aiming to combat Democratic fundraising network Democracy Alliance in a move that could further cement the former president’s influence over his party.
America Alliance will seek annual dues from its donors, according to The New York Times. The group intends to give $100,000 to candidates who win the approval of the organization.
Michael Glassner, who served as chief operating officer of former President Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign, has been asked to become CEO of America Alliance.
“For years Republicans have been at a fundraising disadvantage, but now thanks to Save America, Make America Great Again PAC, America Alliance, our fine party committees and all of our other supporting groups we’re going to beat the Democrats at their own game,” Trump said in a statement on Friday.
America Alliance will recommend making contributions to groups allied with the former president. This may include Trump’s own super PAC and a new PAC currently being planned.
Trump’s involvement with the new group will likely add to speculation about his intentions for the next presidential election. He’s remained vocal on issues through press statements and occasionally posting on social media site Gab or through messaging platform Telegram.
On Friday, Trump took aim at Democrats in Arizona for their attempt to delay an audit of 2.1 million ballots from the state’s Maricopa County that were cast during the 2020 election.
Democrats argued in court that the company’s policies and processes mean its audit may not comply with Arizona law.
A judge had ordered a pause of the audit but only if the state Democratic Party paid a $1 million bond to cover the costs. The party refused, saying it did not want to risk supporters’ money.
“The Democrats are ‘swarming’ the Great State of Arizona trying to get the Forensic Election Audit stopped, because only they know exactly what they’ve done, and they understand Voter Fraud far better than anyone,” Trump said, per KVOA.
Despite the audit not being paused, Arizona Democrats said the judge’s ruling was a victory as he ordered the company performing the audit, Cyber Ninjas, to disclose more information about its processes.
“Today’s temporary restraining order required that the Cyber Ninjas turn over all documents regarding their internal procedures, which should have been made immediately available to the public if this were a transparent or credible process,” said Arizona Democratic Party Chair Raquel Terán, AZ Central reported.
Trump has repeatedly claimed without evidence that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him. Dozens of court cases alleging mass voter fraud or other irregularities were dismissed by judges following the election.
However, the former president remains a leading contender for his party’s 2024 nomination with a recent poll from Reuters and Ipsos showing six in 10 Republicans want him to run again.
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