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

Matt Homich wins 10K race in Roger Willey Memorial

first_img Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. hbowden@ellsworthamerican.com Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Latest Posts Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017 Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Homich, 26, pulled away from runner-up Andrew Kephart, 29, of Ellsworth as the race wore on, finishing with a time of 35 minutes and 47 seconds in the field of 46 runners.Kephart crossed the finish line in 37:04 to win the age group for men ages 20-29, and Kevin Gravina, 35, of Cambridge, Mass., was third in 37:30, winning the age group for men ages 30-39.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textWomen’s winner Meaghan Monroe, 28, also from Cambridge, was fourth overall in 42:14.Other age group winners:Women ages 20-29 – Kassandra Strout, 24, of Trenton, 11th in 48:16.Women ages 30-39 – Laureen Libby, 37, of Frankfort, seventh in 47:24.Women ages 40-49 – Michelle Gagnon, 48, of Ellsworth, eighth in 47:37.Men ages 40-49 – Stephen Sullivan, 41, of Ellsworth, 10th in 47:50.Women ages 50-59 – Lisa Tweedie, 51, of Bar Harbor, 20th in 52:53.Men ages 50-59 – Stephen Whalen, 52, of Tremont, fifth in 43:41.Men ages 60-69 – Tom Murphy, 62, of Ellsworth, 17th in 51:04.Men ages 70 and over – Bob Bachorik, 70, of Ellsworth, 24th in 57:10.A field of 47 runners also competed in the five-kilometer race, with Toby Walls, 4, of Barnet, Vt., taking top honors in 19:09.Robin Clarke, 44, of Ellsworth was the first woman to finish, placing seventh overall in 21:47.Male and female age group winners:Youth ages 0-10 – Caleb Hicks, 9, of Franklin, ninth in 22:46; Olivia Hicks, 7, of Franklin, 21st in 27:21.Youth ages 11-19 – Evan Merchant, 13 of Beals, fifth in 20:46; Payton Hicks, 11, of Franklin, 19th in 26:53.Ages 20-29 – James Perry Jr., 25, of Eastbrook, second in 19:39; Angelica Carr, 26, of Northeast Harbor, 11th in 23:33.Ages 30-39 – Chris Wentworth, 36, of Franklin, fourth in 20:39; Eliza Murphy, 36, of Hancock, 18th in 26:46.Ages 40-49 – Zac Gilhooleyl, 40, of Bar Harbor, sixth in 21:31; Holly Perry, 47, of Milbridge, 43rd in 38:19.Ages 50-59 – Chris Holt, 42, of Ellsworth, third in 20:06; Marion Frehill, 50, of Mariaville, 30th in 31:10.Ages 60-69 – Bill Hansen, 69, of Surry, 17th in 26:13; Robin Emery, 67, of Lamoine, 31st in 31:21.Ages 70 and over – Lloyd Harmon, 73, of Ellsworth, 15th in 25:30. Matt Homich (138) and Andrew Kephart, both of Ellsworth, run together in the early going of Saturday’s Roger Willey 10-kilometer race. Homich pulled away from Kephart and went on to win the event by more than a minute.ELLSWORTH — Matt Homich of Ellsworth finished more than a minute ahead of his nearest challenger in winning the 10-kilometer race of Saturday’s annual Roger Willey Memorial competition. Biolast_img read more