There is a new dark money group that supports Trump

The group is one of several that Donald Trump is relying on to help overcome Joe Biden’s financial advantage.

Former President Donald Trump’s bid for the White House is receiving more financial backing, this time, from a dark money group.

Securing American Greatness, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, this week began airing a television ad in Pennsylvania accusing President Joe Biden of downplaying inflation.

“Is it dishonesty or insanity?” the commercial says, a dig at the president’s mental capacity, a central axis of Republican attacks against him. “Either way, to fix inflation, Biden has to admit that it is serious.”

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The group is spending $2 million to air the ad over a seven-day period, according to a person familiar with the plans, who was granted anonymity to speak freely.

Securing American Greatness, which is run by Trump ally Taylor Budowich, is one of several pro-Trump outside groups working to boost a campaign that is financially disadvantaged compared to Biden’s. As a dark money group, the nonprofit can support and oppose candidates, as long as proselytizing is not its primary activity, and can raise unlimited funds without disclosing its donors.

Budowich also oversees the main pro-Trump super PAC, MAGA Inc. Another super PAC, Right for America, is being funded by Trump friend and former Marvel Entertainment executive Ike Perlmutter, and is getting additional fundraising help from the governor. from Florida, Ron DeSantis. And on Thursday, a third pro-Trump super PAC emerged: Preserve America, which is being funded by casino billionaire Miriam Adelson.

Securing American Greatness faces more restrictions than super PACs on how it can spend its money. But the organization could be attractive to some donors. Although Trump has received support from billionaire donors, he has faced resistance from some in the class of wealthy Republican contributors, who may prefer to donate without their names being revealed.

It is not unusual for candidates to benefit from dark money groups. The main pro-Biden super PAC, Future Forward, has a nonprofit arm called Future Forward USA Action.

Trump’s campaign hopes spending from outside groups will help close a nagging cash crunch he faces compared to Biden. At the end of April, Biden’s campaign had $84 million in cash, compared to Trump’s $49 million. But that gap could be closed. Trump’s political operation said Friday that he had raised nearly $53 million after the former president’s conviction in the New York hush money case, a huge sum.

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