(Tea Party PAC) – According to a report from The Western Journal, the Republican National Committee has been shelling out almost $2 million to law firms that have represented President Donald Trump since October 2021.
However, whether or not Trump continues to receive this financing and representation if he decides to make one major decision. You probably know what that is already, don’t you.
The report stated that an unidentified RNC official revealed Wednesday that as soon as Trump makes the announcement that he is planning to run for president in 2024, the payments will come to an end, said a report from ABC News.
Because, apparently, the Republican Party has what’s called a “neutrality policy” that prevents it from taking sides in a presidential primaries, the official stated.
“The party has to stay neutral,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel went on to tell The Associated Press back in January 2021.
“I’m not telling anybody to run or not to run in 2024,” she then said after being asked whether she wanted to see Trump run for office a second time.
In an interview with WABC-AM in August 2021, McDaniel stated that “Republicans in America would absolutely say the president’s the most popular Republican and still leads the party.”
“Trump indicated in an interview with New York Magazine this month that he plans on running but is bouncing back and forth on when to announce his presidential bid,” the Western Journal reported.
“I would say my big decision will be whether I go before or after. You understand what that means,” he continued.
“Midterms,” he added. “Do I go before or after? That will be my big decision.”
According to the report from ABC News, there are a few leaders inside the GOP that are concerned about Trump announcing his run for the presidency before the midterms, believing there’s a chance that doing so could prevent them from pulling in big wins.
It seems they’re counting on the potential loss of money from the RNC to dissuade Trump from announcing his candidacy until after November.
“According to Federal Elections Commission financial disclosure records, the committee paid at least $1.73 million to three law firms representing Trump from October 2021 through June of this year, ABC News reported,” the report said.
This would include funding for firms that have defended him in investigations that have been launched into his family business, which is based in the state of New York.
“The report said these payments have raised concerns about whether the RNC is legitimately remaining neutral,” the Western Journal report said.
Canary LLC CEO and major GOP donor, Dan Eberhart, stated he doesn’t believe there’s been any effort to remain neutral. “This is a symbiotic relationship,” he remarked.
“Craig Holman, a government affairs lobbyist at the progressive government-watchdog group Public Citizen, also slammed the current arrangement.
“By paying Trump’s extensive legal bills, the RNC is indirectly helping finance the Trump campaign,” Holman explained.
“And given the history of the RNC zealously defending Trump, other Republican candidates should expect that they are not just running against Trump, they are also running against the Republican Party,” he pontificated.
Emma Vaughn, a spokeswoman for the RNC, gave a defense of the payments.
“As a leader of our party, defending President Trump and his record of achievement is critical to the GOP,” she explained in a statement back in November.
“It is entirely appropriate for the RNC to continue assisting in fighting back against the Democrats’ never-ending witch hunt and attacks on him,” Vaughn commented.
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