Political Leanings: Republican/Anti-President Trump
2018 Spending: N/A
Established in late 2019, the Lincoln Project is a conservative tremendous PAC that goals to “defeat President Trump and Trumpism at the ballot box” in 2020. According to the founders of the Lincoln Project, the 16th president is the tremendous PAC’s namesake as a result of President Abraham Lincoln “understood the necessity of not just saving the Union, but also of knitting the nation back together spiritually as well as politically.”
The Lincoln Project’s advisory board consists of many distinguished political strategists and former employees members of Republican presidents and presidential candidates.
Board members embody John Weaver, who labored on the presidential campaigns of President George H.W. Bush, Sen. John McCain and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and Steve Schmidt, who labored on the presidential campaigns of McCain and President George W. Bush, in addition to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s profitable 2006 marketing campaign for governor of California. Other members embody former chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party Jennifer Horn, former Republican advertising and marketing strategist and political marketing consultant Ron Steslow, and lawyer George Conway, a infamous Trump critic who’s the husband of Kellyanne Conway, the present White House counselor to the president.
As a tremendous PAC, the group can settle for limitless contributions, however it should disclose its donors and can’t coordinate with campaigns on its impartial expenditures.
As of June 30, the Lincoln Project had raised $19.four million and, as of July 31, it had spent roughly $7 million on impartial expenditures. The majority of the tremendous PAC’s spending has been on ads campaigning in opposition to the reelection of Trump. Some of the advertisements lately launched by the group have focused the president’s response to protests for racial justice, the coronavirus pandemic, his overseas coverage selections concerning China and his place on the Confederate flag.
When requested whether or not the group is anxious about driving away Republican and impartial voters by endorsing different Democrats, Lincoln Project co-founder Reed Galen responded: “I don’t think so. If there’s a candidate that we believe like a Joe Biden or, in this case, a Steve Bullock, who is an absolutely worthy replacement for the current incumbent, then, you know, we believe that the folks who believe as we do, that you’ve got to take Trump and Trumpism out of the system.”
The Lincoln Project’s viral advert “Mourning in America,” which describes America’s financial struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic, acquired publicity after eliciting a thread of offended tweets from the president. When a reporter requested about his Twitter response at a May 5 press convention, Trump mentioned: “They should not call it the Lincoln Project. It’s not fair to Abraham Lincoln, a great President. They should call it the ‘Losers Project.’”
Within just a few days of the advert’s launch, the tremendous PAC mentioned it acquired round $2 million from 25,000 new donors.
So far, the Lincoln Project’s largest particular person donors are hedge fund supervisor Stephen F. Mandel Jr., who donated $1 million, and Kerelis Arturas, the founding father of FSATC — an air site visitors management flight simulation community — who donated $250,000. DreamWorks co-founder David Geffen, Bain Capital co-chairman Joshua Bekenstein, Wolverine Gas & Oil Corp. CEO Sidney Jansma Jr., and Continental Cablevision co-founder Amos Hostetter have every donated $100,000.