Pro-Trump super PAC ramps up fundraising in Texas: Report

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The fundraising strategy session for one of President Trump’s most influential super PACs, America First Action, is set to take place in Texas on Tuesday, according to a Politico report based on four sources close to the event.

The meeting will consist of some of the largest donors in politics and will be hosted by Oilman T. Boone Pickens at his Mesa Vista ranch as businessmen Roy Bailey and Tommy Hicks lead.

The PAC has its hands heavily in many elections in the upcoming 2018 midterms and the donors will also begin planning for Trump’s reelection bid in 2020. Donald Trump Jr. will speak at the meeting and has donated to the PAC, the news outlet reports.

The group will be strategizing against alt-right leader Steve Bannon, who toppled Luther Strange, America First Action’s pick in the special race for Alabama’s open senate seat with his own candidate Roy Moore (R-Ala.). An official told Politico that America First Action, along with its non-profit partner America First Policies, has raised $25 million in funds.

The report comes as Trump visits Dallas this week to attend a fundraiser for his reelection campaign.

Bailey is spearheading an effort to establish a fundraising committee for the super PAC. Those involved in the group include energy executive Harold Hamm, real estate investor Jim Wilson, businessman Doug Deason and investor Jim Lee.

Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., is slated to address the meeting. The younger Trump recently cut a check to the super PAC, according to two people familiar with the donation. The organization’s president, Brian O. Walsh, will also give a presentation.

It will be America First Action’s first major organizational meeting. While much of the focus will be on 2018, there is also expected to be discussion of 2020. Many of the people raising money for the group are likely to be part of the fundraising team on Trump’s reelection campaign.

 

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