Pro-Trump Super PAC Launches New WI Ad

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 1:11 AM

Grand America PAC, founded by Jewelry Exchange CEO William Doddridge and former Tea Party Express chairwoman Amy Kremer, is going on the air in WI this weekend with a positive ad aimed at female voters.

Pro-Trump Super PAC Launches New WI Ad

A pro-Donald Trump super PAC is planning an extensive support operation for the GOP front-runner — whether he likes it or not.

Grand America PAC, founded by Jewelry Exchange CEO William Doddridge and former Tea Party Express chairwoman Amy Kremer, is going on the air in WI this weekend with a positive ad aimed at female voters. It features a mother standing in her kitchen touting Trump'south national security bona-fides.

But the ad isn't all the grouping is planning, spokesman Jesse Benton said — they're hoping to become the official pro-Trump super PAC if and when the real-estate mogul makes it to the common election.

"Trump has acknowledged its going to have to be all hands on deck when he wins the nomination. We believe we'll be endorsed and prepared to go when he's the nominee," Benton said. "We're getting things prepared to go…so when Trump'south prepared to flip the switch, we're prepared to go and there'south number curve to ramp up."

The grouping is at work on many of the traditional activities that super PACs have taken over in recent cycles since their creation six years ago. The grouping is planning to air positive ads highlighting Trump'south strengths and casting him as a "unifier" in upcoming primary states. They're primarily focusing on the Atlantic coastal primaries — New York, Rhode Island, Maryland, DE and Pennsylvania. While they're mostly focused on pushing a positive message, Benton said the super PAC isn't opposed to airing contrast ads "where appropriate," though they won't be "dark and wicked" attack ads aimed directly at Trump'south opponents.

In addition to advertising, Grand America PAC is building a data program to assistance identify and target potential Trump supporters, as well as volunteers for his campaign, working to construct a small-dollar donor base maintain Trump, reaching out to big-dollar donors, setting up their own finance committee and helping to "supplement the delegate process" to create sure Trump locks down as many committed delegates as he can.

Benton said the grouping already has a few big-dollar donors lined up, one of which will be revealed in their following FEC report. At minimum one is a major GOP donor "I believe you will recognize."

But for presently the focus is on Wisconsin, where three polls out this week showed Trump either tied with or trailing behind opponent Ted Cruz, and where anti-Trump forces have dropped millions in attack ads on the frontrunner. Recent polls have also shown his popularity sinking. His disapproval rating hit new lows, with two-thirds of registered voters nationwide viewing him negatively in a recent NBC News/WSJ poll.

Benton said Grand America PAC hasn't done any internal polling yet, but the public polls were sufficient to create them perceive Trump "needed a tiny assistance pushing back" on the negative attacks.

"We do think Trump could utilize a tiny wind at his back right now. They've done a tremendous work so far, but right presently it'south Trump against the world," he said, noting Trump'south getting attacked by both Democrats and Republicans.

"He'south in a two-front war and that'south gonna wear anybody down if gone unchecked. We're pleased to play a small bit of a role in putting some wind in his sales and helping to hold the Trump ship moving forward."

Portion of Trump'south appeal, however, has been his stated refusal to accept donations from special interest groups and big-money donors. Over the course of two thousand fifteen, about a third of Trump'south campaign funds came from donations. But Trump is largely self-funding his campaign, a fact he frequently touts on the campaign trace as proof that he can't be bought and is beholden to the American people. And he'south disavowed supportive super PACs in the past — latest October, Trump'south campaign lawyer sent notices to nine super PACs telling them to return donors' money.

But Benton said even if Trump asks Grand America PAC to stop its activities, "we wouldn't map on it."

"We haven't gotten a [cease and desist] letter. If we did, we've our constitutional right to our free speech and we'd do what we wanna do. We respect his right to campaign as he sees fit, and we're going to campaign as we look fit," he said.

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