Trump Plans PAC in Hopes of Keeping Hold on G.O.P.

first_imgPresident Trump is planning to form a so-called leadership political action committee, a federal fund-raising vehicle that will potentially let him retain his hold on the Republican Party even when he is out of office, officials said on Monday.The announcement is expected as soon as this week, just days after the major news networks and newspapers, as well as The Associated Press, called the 2020 election for former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.- Advertisement – Such committees can accept donations of up to $5,000 per donor per year — far less than the donation limits for the committees formed by Mr. Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee — but a leadership PAC could accept donations from an unlimited number of people. It could also accept donations from other political action committees.A leadership PAC could spend an unlimited amount in so-called independent expenditures to benefit other candidates, as well as fund travel, polling and consultants. Mostly, it would almost certainly be a vehicle by which Mr. Trump could retain influence in a party that has been remade largely in his image over the past four years. – Advertisement – “The president always planned to do this, win or lose,” Mr. Murtaugh said, “so he can support candidates and issues he cares about, such as combating voter fraud.”Still, a PAC could give the president an off-ramp after a bruising election fight, as well as keep him as a dominant figure as the next Republican presidential primary races are beginning for a new standard-bearer.“President Trump is not going anywhere anytime soon,” said Matt Gorman, a Republican strategist. “He’s going to insert himself in the national debate in a way that’s unlike any of his predecessors.”- Advertisement – But Mr. Trump’s personal brand as a businessman is now intertwined with his political brand. And he has made clear he is not ceding the stage easily, even as advisers say he will most likely willingly leave the White House when his term ends.Since the 2020 race was called on Saturday, Mr. Trump has told advisers he is seriously considering running again in 2024 if the vote is certified for Mr. Biden, a development earlier reported by Axios.While the leadership PAC could not help him in such an effort, it could provide an interim vehicle that would let him travel and engage in some political activity, even if he never actually runs again.Kenneth P. Vogel contributed reporting. Before the election, Mr. Trump told advisers, sometimes joking and other times not, that he might run again in 2024 if he lost to Mr. Biden.Even as Mr. Biden has gathered more than the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win, and as he has taken leads of tens of thousands of votes in several battleground states, Mr. Trump has maintained there was voter fraud on a wide scale, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. He has directed his campaign to march forward with legal challenges in states like Arizona and Nevada, despite most advisers believing that the race is over and that he should move on. A Trump campaign spokesman, Tim Murtaugh, said the committee had been in the works for a while.- Advertisement –last_img read more

MBB : Syracuse defense smothers Seton Hall scorers in rout

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Syracuse entered Wednesday’s matchup with Seton Hall fifth in the Big East in scoring defense and tops in the country in steals per game. In its 13 nonconference games, the Orange held eight opponents to under 60 points, including three of them under 50.And even with those numbers, head coach Jim Boeheim felt SU’s defensive effort in its conference opener against the Pirates was right up there with its best from this season.‘I thought our defense was as good tonight as it’s been all year,’ he said. ‘I mean 17 steals, the blocks — it was an incredible defensive effort. … That was the difference in the game.’No. 1 Syracuse (14-0, 1-0 Big East) shut down Seton Hall 75-49 in the Carrier Dome to kick off conference play with a win. The Pirates shot just 19-of-60 (32 percent) from the field and turned the ball over 23 times, numbers that were both significantly worse at halftime. The Orange also blocked 15 shots — 10 by sophomore center Fab Melo — and held the Big East’s second leading scorer and rebounder in Herb Pope to just four points and nine boards.‘We weren’t letting them get what they wanted out of their offense,’ senior Kris Joseph said. ‘And that was big for us.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU’s defense was dominant from the opening tip as Seton Hall didn’t make its first field goal until more than five minutes into the game. The lengthy Orange seemed to fill every passing lane with the 2-3 zone defense, and the Pirates couldn’t find any openings.That led to a season-high tying 17 steals by the Orange, most of which came in the first 20 minutes.‘We force them into passes we know they’re going to make,’ Joseph said. ‘When we trap a certain area, we know the next obvious pass and we have to cut it off. Knowing a trap situation, you kind of get panicky and make the first available pass. We’ve practiced it so much that we know what’s coming next.’And that leads to easy buckets for Syracuse.At one point in the first half, Seton Hall guard Aaron Cosby tried an entry pass to the high post, but Scoop Jardine stepped in front. The ball practically hit Jardine in the chest and the Orange guard took off the other way. He got tangled up with Cosby on the break, but as he fell, he tipped the ball back to a trailing James Southerland, who finished it off with an emphatic dunk.‘Our guards are really aggressive and we’re long and we can really play,’ Jardine said. ‘We can get to the high post and also get out to the shooters because the shortest guy is 6-foot-2 and that’s me. That’s what allows us to get steals.’And when the Orange guards weren’t deflecting or intercepting passes, Syracuse’s big men shut down the interior. Pope struggled all night against Melo and the other SU bigs, finishing just 2-for-9 from the field.And all the rejections only gave Syracuse’s perimeter players more confidence to take chances and go for steals.‘We got guys down there like Fab,’ Jardine said, ‘and when they’re changing shots and blocking shots, it makes us aggressive and able to go after steals and be aggressive because we know they’re going to block shots.’The steals, blocks and Pirates miscues all combined for an ugly first half for Seton Hall. The Pirates had as many turnovers (15) as they did points in the first 20 minutes and shot just 5-for-27 from the field as Syracuse built a 34-15 lead.Seton Hall had a little more success in the second, but it was far from enough to mount a comeback.And while Boeheim felt Wednesday’s performance to be the best defensive effort by his team this year, Jardine thinks there is even more room for improvement on that end.‘We still can be better on defense,’ the senior said. ‘That’s the thing. We really can be better. We’re going to keep pushing to try to be better. But right now, we’re playing really at a high level on both ends.’zjbrown@syr.edulast_img read more