New pro-Trump Super PAC vows to “Restore America’s Greatness”

December 18, 2015

A former top adviser to Donald Trump has launched a pro-Trump Super PAC to attack Republican rivals, specifically competitor Marco Rubio, who has quickly become one of Trump’s most threatening rivals in the 2016 presidential race.

Roger Stone, a leading Republican operative who earlier this year cut ties with the official Trump campaign, launched the Committee to Restore America’s Greatness, borrowing the language from Trump’s Reagan-era slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

“If you think it’s essential that the Republican Party nominate Donald J. Trump for President instead of Senator Marco Rubio, I urgently need your help,” Stone begins in a letter to prospective donors. “I am more convinced than ever that only Donald Trump can save this country.”

While Trump’s lead has remained largely unbroken since July, Rubio has enjoyed a significant rise in the polls in recent weeks, moving up to third place in the Republican nominating contest, trailing only the real estate mogul and Texas Senator Ted Cruz, according to a Real Clear Politics poll, and compromising Trump’s already complicated path to the nomination.

Also on the rise is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, whose bump in the early voting state of New Hampshire has Stone vowing a fierce counter attack.

“Remember, however,” Stone added, “we will not accept any corporate

contributions from those trying to buy influence,” he wrote, urging sympathizers to donate amounts between $25 and $1000.

But, despite lofty expectations for a low-dollar TV and radio ad movement, Stone may have to tether his expectations for the competitive spending power small-dollar contributions to PACs, as this election cycle has seen Super PACs far outspending their campaign counterparts for a fraction of the results.

“It’s just not a cost efficient way to spend your money,” said Justin Holmes, assistant professor of political science at the University of Northern Iowa.

Holmes said that while PACs can’t coordinate with a campaign to strengthen its operations, engaging in old-fashioned retail politics on the ground would be a better use of the PACs’ resources than hemorrhaging more money into ads.

“If I were going to be getting some resources together, that’s where I would put my energy,” he said.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Mesa, Arizona December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Nancy Wiechec

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