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NRA meltdown has Trump campaign sweating

NRA meltdown has Trump campaign sweating

The National Rifle Association aired an avalanche of TV ads and pushed its 5 million-plus members to the polls for Donald Trump in 2016, propelling him in the Rust Belt states that delivered him the presidency.Now, the gun rights group is in total meltdown — and senior Republicans and Trump 2020 officials are alarmed.Story Continued BelowIn recent weeks, the NRA has seen everything from a failed coup attempt to the departure of its longtime political architect to embarrassing tales of self-dealing by top leaders. The turmoil is fueling fears that the organization will be profoundly...

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July 3, 2019
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Trump relaunches his fundraising machine after months of quiet

Trump relaunches his fundraising machine after months of quiet

The former president is restarting his email and text solicitations and opening a new online store that includes "Don't Blame Me — I Voted for Trump" swag.(AP Photo/Matt York)The screaming, all-caps texts and emails are returning. The red "Make America Great Again" hats are back in stock.Former President Donald Trump is reigniting his small-dollar fundraising operation for the first time since leaving the White House, part of his political ramp-up to stake out an outsize role in the 2022 midterm elections and expand his financial network ahead of a potential 2024 comeback bid.Trump on...

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Apr 7
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Trump to attend RNC spring donor summit

Trump to attend RNC spring donor summit

The former president is stepping back into public a month after leaving the White House, reengaging with the RNC and planning a CPAC speech.Donald Trump has confirmed his attendance at the Republican National Committee’s upcoming spring donor retreat, | Pete Marovich/Getty ImagesDonald Trump has confirmed his attendance at the Republican National Committee’s upcoming spring donor retreat, as the former president reemerges following his departure from the White House.The private retreat is slated to take place April 9-11 in Palm Beach, Fla. Trump’s expected attendance at the event, which is...

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Feb 23
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‘Clear and present danger’: Republicans fret about Greitens’ comeback

‘Clear and present danger’: Republicans fret about Greitens’ comeback

People who have talked to the disgraced former Missouri governor have come away from the conversations convinced he’s running for the state’s newly open Senate seat.Disgraced former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is moving closer to a 2022 Senate bid for the seat now held by Roy Blunt. | Jeff Roberson/AP PhotoDisgraced former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is moving closer to a 2022 Senate bid, alarming top Republicans who worry he will jeopardize the party’s grip on the seat and imperil their prospects of seizing the majority.Greitens — who resigned in mid-2018, less than two years into his...

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Mar 15
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Trump vows to campaign against 'disloyal' Murkowski

Trump vows to campaign against 'disloyal' Murkowski

The former president is formalizing his long-held opposition to the four-term senator, promising to travel outside the Lower 48 to galvanize Alaska voters against her.Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who has held her seat since 2002, has been a longtime critic of former President Donald Trump. | Greg Nash/Pool via APFormer President Donald Trump is making official his plans to target Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, vowing to travel to Alaska to campaign against her ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.In a statement to POLITICO on Saturday, Trump said: “I will not be endorsing, under any circumstances,...

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Mar 6
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Trump shares plans for new super PAC in Mar-a-Lago meeting

Trump shares plans for new super PAC in Mar-a-Lago meeting

The ex-president told political advisers Thursday that former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski will run a new super PAC.People familiar with the meeting noted that the full plans for former President Donald Trump's operation are not finalized. | Evan Vucci/AP PhotoFormer President Donald Trump told political advisers Thursday that he’s chosen longtime ally Corey Lewandowski to run a yet-to-be-formed super PAC as part of his expanding post-presidential political apparatus, according to multiple people familiar with the discussion.The decision was made in a multi-hour meeting at Trump’s...

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Feb 26
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Trump’s secret sit-down with Ohio candidates turns into ‘Hunger Games’

Trump’s secret sit-down with Ohio candidates turns into ‘Hunger Games’

The former president summoned four candidates for the state's open Senate seat in a session that resembled the boardroom scenes on "The Apprentice."Former Ohio state Treasurer Josh Mandel and former state GOP Chair Jane Timken have announced their candidacies and are considered the early frontrunners. | Tony Dejak/AP PhotoIt was a scene right out of "The Apprentice."Donald Trump was headlining a fundraiser on Wednesday night at his golf club in West Palm Beach, Fla. But before the dinner began, the former president had some business to take care of: He summoned four Republican Senate...

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Mar 25
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Big Trump donors converge on Newsom recall

Big Trump donors converge on Newsom recall

The campaign to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom is gaining money and momentum in-state and beyond, with more GOP donors jumping aboard.Demonstrators protest California Gov. Gavin Newsom's continued statewide shelter in place order outside of San Francisco City Hall on May 1, 2020. | Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesBig Republican donors — including some prominent backers of former President Donald Trump — are zeroing in on a new target as they dig out from the wreckage of the 2020 election: California Gov. Gavin Newsom.Major GOP benefactors are funneling cash into the effort to recall the...

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Feb 5
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RNC invites Trump to speak at spring meeting

RNC invites Trump to speak at spring meeting

The former president has yet to make a public appearance since leaving the White House.Then-President Donald Trump speaks from the South Lawn of the White House on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on Aug. 27, 2020. | AP Photo/Alex BrandonThe Republican National Committee is planning to invite former President Donald Trump to its upcoming spring donor meeting, according to a person familiar with preparations for the event.The RNC is also expected to invite other potential 2024 candidates and Republican leaders to the retreat, which is to be held in Palm Beach, Fla., April...

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Jan 28
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'A nicer version of Trump': GOP donors flock to DeSantis

'A nicer version of Trump': GOP donors flock to DeSantis

The Florida governor has cultivated relationships with many of the party's biggest givers, who admire his opposition to strict Covid mitigation policies.Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is seen during a press conference on June 8, 2020 in Miami, Florida. | Eva Marie Uzcategui/Getty ImagesOne evening in February, Ron DeSantis quietly slipped into the luxurious Charleston Place Hotel in South Carolina.Over dinner, the Florida governor addressed an audience of deep-pocketed donors convened by the influential Bradley Foundation, an organization that funnels cash to right-leaning nonprofit groups....

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Apr 16
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