A smiling House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) posed with an also broadly smiling Donald Trump during his visit to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate last Thursday. Their meeting came after McCarthy had said the former president “bears some responsibility” for the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol and many questioned why Trump would have McCarthy out to the house.
The answer is money. Trump and his political machine can raise it and McCarthy and the Republicans desperately need to keep that pipeline flowing. As detailed in Trump’s most recent financial disclosure forms filed with the Federal Election Commission (RNC) and dissected by the New York Times, Trump, his new political action committee and the Republican National Committee vacuumed up more than $175 million in November and December under the guise of funding Trump’s legal battle to overturn the presidential election results.
The Times analysis of the filing found that only $10 million, a tiny fraction of that total, went to legal bills. The bulk of the money was used for a frantic media blitz designed to spread and amplify Trump’s bogus “stolen election” big lie. In other words Trump and the RNC convinced donors to send in money so that they could use the election lie to keep raising money.
It appears that the fundraising effort is perfectly legal since Trump’s fundraising emails and social media posts did disclose in very small, fine print how donations would be apportioned between Trump’s legal fund, his PAC and the RNC.
Most of the money, according to the newspaper’s analysis, appears to have come from smaller donors. Trump’s ability to separate his loyal base from its money and give it to him becomes more important every day that another corporate contributor announces it will not donate money to any Republican politician who voted against certifying the election victory of President Joe Biden.
Without specifically saying so the former president and cash-hungry McCarthy declared their almighty dollar alliance in a statement after the Mar-a-Lago tet-a-tet. “President Trump has agreed to work with Leader McCarthy on helping the Republican Party to become a majority in the House,” according to a statement from Trump-aligned Save America PAC. “They worked very well together in the last election and picked up at least 15 seats when most predicted it would be the opposite. They will do so again, and the work has already started.”