Republican Rep. Liz Cheney has amassed several political consultants with ties to former President Donald Trump and the expansive Koch network as she mulls a run for the White House after losing in the GOP primary on her behalf Wyoming House seat.
Cheney’s role as vice chair of the committee investigating Trump’s actions in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol has cost the third-highest ranking Republican in the U.S. House her standing in the GOP and her seat in Congress. She lost the Republican nomination in a landslide race the other day to 1 of Trump’s picks, Wyoming lawyer Harriet Hageman.
Cheney’s now considering running against Trump for president in 2024, she told NBC News, and contains quietly come up with a team of top GOP advisors to greatly help her ensure he doesn’t ever reunite in the White House.
“I really believe that Donald Trump continues to pose an extremely grave threat and risk to your republic. And I believe that defeating him will need a broad and united front of Republicans, Democrats and independents, and that is what I plan to become a part of,” she said within an exclusive interview with Savannah Guthrie on NBC’s “TODAY” show the other day.
Soon after her loss, she launched a leadership political action committee titled THE FANTASTIC Task that will allow her to help keep her political aspirations alive while dealing with the former president. Trump, whose home and private club Mar-a-Lago in Florida was raided by the FBI just days prior to the primary, have not eliminated running for president again in 2 yrs.
Cheney is with a couple of Trump’s own consultants and allies, including those from the powerful Koch network, to attempt to keep carefully the former president from winning another term in the White House. A number of them appear to purchased limited liability companies that shroud their identity from the general public.
“This type of person likely to be persona non grata following the Cheney loss,” a senior GOP strategist near Trump said when asked if the president and his associates will continue to work with the former Cheney advisors again. Jeff Miller, a longtime lobbyist and ally of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has told vendors never to use Cheney’s team, in accordance with THE BRAND NEW York Times.
Miller and a spokesman for Trump didn’t return a obtain comment. A spokesman for Cheney didn’t return a obtain comment.
Billionaire and conservative political backer Charles Koch is helping Cheney through i360, a data and technology company owned by his conglomerate, Koch Industries, in accordance with financial database PitchBook and Federal Election Commission filings.
The filing shows two PACs, Conservatives for a solid America and Wyomingites Defending Freedom and Democracy, paid i360 to greatly help deploy pro-Cheney ads through texts. Axios reported that the first choice of Wyomingites Defending Freedom and Democracy is former Trump White House aide Julia Griswold Dailer, who didn’t return a obtain comment.
A nonprofit partially funded by Charles Koch, Americans for Prosperity, paid $11 million to i360 for data services, based on the nonprofit’s 2020 tax disclosure.
While Koch didn’t back Trump during either his 2016 or 2020 campaigns, his political network caused the Trump administration to aid a few of the former president’s key initiatives, including cutting regulations for businesses and extensive tax cuts.
Americans for Prosperity recently ran an ad campaign targeting Democratic lawmakers, including moderate Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., to oppose the a lot more than $400 billion Inflation Reduction Act, which President Joe Biden signed into law this month.
FEC records show that i360 also offers worked this election cycle with Dr. Mehmet Oz, who Trump endorsed for Pennsylvania’s open Senate seat, and also Rep. Peter Meijer, R-Mich., who voted to impeach the former president and lost in his recent primary.
Representatives for the pro-Cheney PACs, Koch Industries, i360 and Americans for Prosperity didn’t return requests for comment.
After publication of the story, Americans for Prosperity spokesman Bill Riggs took issue with the headline of the article and noted that the group didn’t work the Wyoming House race between Cheney and Hageman.
“That is clickbait. The headline doesn’t match the reality in the piece. AFP and AFP Action have endorsed in over 300 races this season the Wyoming House race had not been one of these. The midterms are significantly less than 90 days away. That’s our sole focus, not just a Presidential race a lot more than 2 yrs off,” Riggs said in a Tuesday email.
Trump and the Koch family haven’t been close, even with the former president adopted long-sought tax cuts and the nomination of several conservative-leaning Supreme Court Justices. Trump ripped the Kochs in 2018, saying in a tweet that they’re a “total joke in real Republican circles, are against Strong Borders and Powerful Trade.” The Koch network didn’t help Trump in what will be his failed 2020 bid for reelection versus Biden.
People near Trump told CNBC that the former president and the ones aligned with him could proceed to halt future use those that were utilized by Cheney’s team.
FEC filings show that certain of the Cheney campaign’s top vendors in the 2022 election cycle was an organization called Red Right Media. That company was paid a lot more than $1 million to promote and media services by Cheney’s campaign during her 2022 primary run, including a lot more than $300,000 in July, in accordance with FEC disclosures.
Though it generally does not may actually have a public website, Virginia business records say that Red Right Media is really a an alternative solution name for an organization called X/Roads Communications. In accordance with state business records, X/Roads Communications is run by Mike Dubke, a veteran Republican strategist who once worked in Trump’s White House as communications director. Dubke was a managing partner of X/Roads Communications before dealing with the role with Trump in 2017, in accordance with financial disclosures filed while leading the White House communications team.
Dubke resigned from the White House communications post in 2017 after significantly less than 100 days face to face. Since that time, Red Right Media has been getting paid huge amount of money by Republican groups for consulting work, in accordance with data from the nonpartisan campaign finance watchdog OpenSecrets. Records show a super PAC called DefendArizona paid a lot more than $4 million for Red Right Media’s services.
The super PAC supported Martha McSally when she ran a failed campaign against Sinema through the 2018 election. DefendArizona was funded partly by Citadel CEO Ken Griffin and the Senate Leadership Fund, a brilliant PAC aligned with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Black Rock Group, a media consulting firm Dubke co-founded that isn’t associated with investment firm BlackRock, once was paid a lot more than $100,000 by Cheney’s campaign in 2018. Dubke and Black Rock Group didn’t return requests for comment.
Other past Trump consultants that caused Cheney during her primary run and who previously aided Trump include SCM Associates, a fundraising and direct mail consulting group based out of New Hampshire. The Cheney campaign paid a lot more than $600,000 for SCM’s help with direct mail advertising. The Trump campaign paid SCM a lot more than $8 million through the 2020 election cycle, in accordance with campaign finance data.
TAG Strategies, a political marketing firm that worked for Trump in the 2020 campaign and many of his endorsed candidates in the midterms, was paid almost $380,000 by Cheney’s campaign for digital and marketing services, including over $100,000 in-may, in accordance with FEC records. Trump’s campaign paid TAG Strategies a lot more than $200,000 through the 2020 election cycle.
Erin Perrine, a vice president at TAG who also worked communications for Trump’s reelection bid, told CNBC within an email that the firm’s work with Cheney was a “one-off service at one point through the primary.” She said that “TAG is really a Republican firm and we do work with America First, Conservative, and center-right candidates.”
SCM didn’t return a obtain comment.