Donald Trump’s political action committee donated $1 million to the conservative nonprofit organization where his former chief of staff, Mark Meadows, is a senior partner, according to a campaign finance report filed Monday night with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
The contribution to Meadows’s nonprofit stands out both for its size and for its timing. On July 1st, the House voted to establish a Select Committee to investigate the Capitol attack. Trump’s PAC donated to the Conservative Partnership Institute, which bills itself as a training ground for conservative staff and elected officials, on July 26th.
“Save America” is one of Trump’s several political fundraising sources which collectively raised $51 million in the second half of 2021, according to Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich. It employs about two dozen people and its most frequent expense is Facebook advertising, according to Monday’s disclosure. The tax-deductible seven-figure contribution to the Conservative Partnership Institute is by far the largest chunk of $1.35 million in donations Trump’s “Save America” PAC made to political allies challenging “disloyal” incumbents over the last six months of 2021, according to the campaign finance report.
Rachel Maddow connects Mark Meadows to forged election documents, "Trump's White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, was apparently involved in multiple communications about such an effort, that he said he had a team on it, that we're doing it, that he loved it." pic.twitter.com/r5wCqk41pJ
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) January 13, 2022
Trump’s PAC gave to a total of 69 candidates for federal and state offices, many of whom have embraced his lie that he was defrauded in the 2020 presidential election. He lost to President Joe Biden by an electoral vote rally of 306 to 232 — and by more than 7 million votes.
With so much crime by Donald Trump & his co-conspirators, let’s not let this one get lost in the criminal mix: today is day 15 of Mark Meadows Indictment Watch. pic.twitter.com/JTbm2WPmHt
— Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) December 28, 2021
Recipients of “Save America” checks include several candidates running for statewide offices, including secretary of state and attorney general, that have influence over the administration of elections. For example, Trump gave $5,000 to Arizona state Rep. Mark Finchem, a secretary of state candidate who has called for the decertification of the 2020 election, and a matching amount to Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., who voted against certifying the election and is now running for secretary of state in Georgia. Arizona and Georgia were the states decided by the smallest margins in 2020.
OMG! The Post put together a clip of what Ingraham, Kilmeade and Hannity texted to Meadows versus what they said on their shows. And Donald Jr’s tweet. THEY KNEW! THEY TRIED TO GET TRUMP TO STOP HIS SUPPORTERS! pic.twitter.com/5rIoslc6wa
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) December 14, 2021
In December, the House voted to recommend that the Justice Department pursue contempt of Congress charges against Meadows over his refusal to cooperate with an investigation into the Trump-inspired January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Gym Jordan told Mark Meadows to force Pence to throw out electoral votes so Trump could be President. Our capitol was then overrun, with hundreds of cops hospitalized & 5 dead.
RT if you agree there must be accountability for #GymTheTraitor
— Really American 🇺🇸 (@ReallyAmerican1) December 17, 2021