The Committee to Defend the President was first established as the Stop Hillary PAC in 2013. Its primary goal was to stop Hillary Clinton from winning the White House, by educating the American people about her liberal agenda and her many scandals.
At the outset, Stop Hillary PAC launched a YouTube channel to embark on an anti-Clinton advertising campaign, drumming up support for a congressional investigation into Clinton’s role in the Benghazi tragedy. The PAC delivered more than 250,000 petitions (e.g. “subpoenas”) demanding that Clinton be subpoenaed by Congress’s Select Committee on Benghazi, in addition to delivering 500,000 petitions with specific questions for the Committee to ask Clinton.
In addition to holding Clinton accountable over the Benghazi tragedy, Stop Hillary PAC challenged her ballot access in Illinois, putting the Clinton machine on the defensive and forcing them to spend more money on other state ballot access as a result. The PAC also filed a complaint with Federal Election Commission, arguing the “Ready for Hillary” super PAC violated campaign finance laws by illegally using Clinton’s 2008 campaign email list.
All in all, Stop Hillary PAC spent over $3 million in independent expenditures (IEs) to dismantle Clinton’s 2016 campaign. At the same time, the PAC spent more than $6 million supporting President Trump’s successful election. This includes sending millions of get-out-the-vote emails urging voters to vote and elect the President.
In 2017, Stop Hillary PAC officially changed its name to the “Committee to Defend the President,” dedicating itself to defending President Trump and his “America First” agenda—and supporting those who enact it. In 2018, the Committee spent over $1 million in support of Sen. Marsha Blackburn’s (R-TN) candidacy with TV and digital advertising, polling research, and grassroots outreach, among other initiatives.
North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District was billed as ground zero for republicans and democrats going into the 2020 election. The Committee to Defend the President quickly mobilized for then-State Senator Dan Bishop, spending more than $200,000 in support of his candidacy. During the most critical time of the election, the Committee delivered targeted television and digital advertisements, as well as implemented a successful countywide grassroots outreach program.
The Committee is now committed to re-electing President Trump and defending his agenda for years to come. It has partnered with Great America PAC to roll out the “Great America Voter Drive,” spending more than $1 million to register new Trump voters in key battleground states, such as Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. The Committee has also acquired Lt. Col. Allen West as a strategic advisor to promote its efforts to re-elect President Trump in 2020.
To date, the Committee has spent more than $11 million in IEs to support Republican causes, contributing over $365,000 directly to Republican candidates. It also maintains a significant national media presence, with more than 170 cable news bookings, 300 radio appearances, and dozens of op-ed columns to its name.
For as long as President Trump is making America great again, we will be there in the trenches, fighting by his side.