National pro-Trump political committee launches messages tying Democratic candidates to ‘The Squad’

Committee to Defend the President working with Trump supporters to counter Democratic convention message, launches Manchester billboard

by John DiStaso

A national political committee promoting President Donald Trump’s reelection is launching an effort to counter the loud and long anti-Trump comments expected to dominate the New Hampshire Democratic Party state convention Saturday.

The Committee to Defend the President’s message ties the Democratic presidential candidates to the four progressive members of the U.S. House known as “The Squad.” The committee, which is not affiliated with the Trump campaign, will convey its message by providing New Hampshire Trump supporters with signs to wave during a planned presence outside the SNHU Arena on Saturday.

The committee, a “hybrid political action committee” allowed to make direct contributions and independent expenditures, is also purchasing billboard space on Manchester’s heavily trafficked South Willow Street to show a rotating billboard with two related messages. The billboard is expected to remain in place not just for the weekend, but for a longer, indefinite period of time.

The group shared its messaging and plans first with WMUR.

Inside the arena, 19 Democratic presidential candidates will be speaking to an estimated 10,000 or more party activists from New Hampshire and throughout the country.

One of the signs and billboard messages depict presidential hopefuls former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Mayor Pete Buttigieg next to larger images of the four members of “The Squad” – U.S. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib.

“The Squad. Ruling the Democrats. Controlling the agenda. Open borders. Socialism. Green New Deal,” one sign says.

The other image says, “Stop socialism. Stop the Squad. Vote Trump.”

The committee believes its message highlights that the Democratic candidates for president have veered sharply to the ideological left to appease the four “Squad” members and their supporters, who it believes are among the most extreme voices on social media.

Sources say its activities this weekend will be the first of many through the remainder of the Democratic presidential campaign.

“Suffering from Trump derangement syndrome, the Democratic candidates have all veered sharply to the left, hoping to appease their radical, socialist base,” said Ted Harvey, chair of Committee to Defend the President.

“Even so-called ‘moderates’ are advocating for extreme positions such as open borders and free health care for illegal immigrants, making it all the more important for us to hold the Democrats accountable.

“’The Squad’ doesn’t just represent a fringe voice. It’s the voice of the Democratic Party and our mission is to make sure the American people know that.”

The Committee to Defend the President was founded as the Stop Hillary PAC in May 2013, according to After Trump won the presidential election in November 2016, the group changed its name in January 2017. said that Guy Short, a political consultant, is the PAC’s founder, and Dan Backer, a campaign finance lawyer, is its treasurer, according to paperwork filed with the FEC in 2017.

Harvey, the chairman, is a former Republican state senator from Colorado.

In the current cycle, the Committee to Defend the President made $2.6 million in independent expenditures through July 31, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.


OP-ED: By voting for President Trump, North Carolinians will vote for economic prosperity

As North Carolina prepares to host President Trump, its people have plenty to celebrate because of him.

by Ted Harvey
Thursday, 05 September 2019 12:32

After promising to make America great again in 2016, President Trump’s “America First” agenda has indeed ushered in a new era of economic prosperity—in the Tar Heel State and nationwide. Employers are creating jobs and rewarding their workers, employees are satisfied in the workplace, and job-seekers are finding it easier than ever to climb the career ladder. And, no matter what the left-leaning mainstream media claims, there is absolutely no recession in sight.

We’ve come a long way since the Obama years. In 2010, North Carolina’s unemployment rate surpassed 10 percent. Fast forward to July of this year, and the Tar Heel State is sitting on an unemployment rate of barely four percent.

Job creation is on the rise, especially in the manufacturing sector. In just two years, President Trump has aided in creating more than 45,000 new manufacturing jobs in North Carolina alone. The forgotten Americans who turned to him for any hope of economic opportunity have been rewarded by jobs, jobs, and more jobs. Those Americans are forgotten no more.

And they have Republican policies to thank. Consider tax cuts: Within a decade, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed by President Trump in 2017, is expected to add nearly 37,000 full-time-equivalent jobs to North Carolina’s economy. At the same time, dozens of North Carolina employers have decided to provide their workers with pay increases, bonuses, and other benefits because of tax reform.

The logic is simple: Get Uncle Sam off their backs, and job creators will put their money to good use. They’ll invest that money back into the local economy.

That’s exactly what is happening, and North Carolina’s economy is open for business. In 2018, Forbes described North Carolina as having the best economy for business, for the second year in a row. Earlier this year, CNBC also praised the Tar Heel State for its business climate, citing low unemployment and high growth.

Because of President Trump and Republicans at the state level, there has never been a better time to live in North Carolina. Now, it’s time for North Carolinians to return the favor — and vote for President Trump in 2020.

In 2016, President Trump won the Tar Heel State by four percentage points, and he can do even better this election cycle. There are millions of new Trump supporters who are ready to get him re-elected.

I know because I’ve traveled the country and spoken to them. My organization, the Committee to Defend the President, has dedicated $1 million to traverse urban and rural North Carolina, registering these new Trump supporters to vote.

We are also proud to support Sen. Dan Bishop’s (R-Mecklenburg) campaign for Congress, as we educate North Carolinians about the Republican policies that are helping them as we speak. By engaging with potential Bishop voters on the ground, we can also explain to them why President Trump deserves their support in 2020. From Charlotte to Raleigh and beyond, we can and we will mobilize a pro-Trump army this election cycle.

A vote for President Trump is a vote for economic prosperity. Anything less is simply a step backwards.

Ted Harvey is chairman of the Committee to Defend the President.


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Allen West Joins the Committee to Defend the President

For Immediate Release
August 12, 2019
Committee to Defend the President
Media Contact: Luka Ladan

Allen West Joins the Committee to Defend the President

Former Florida congressman supporting pro-Trump PAC in advisory role

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Committee to Defend the President—one of America’s leading pro-Trump super PACs—announced the hiring of former Florida Congressman Allen West as a senior advisor. West, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, will assist the Committee in a wide range of activities, such as fundraising, grassroots outreach, and media relations. West’s primary goal is to support President Trump’s “America First” agenda and the constitutional conservatism that are making America great again.

Since its inception in 2013, the Committee has made roughly $11 million in independent expenditures to support Republican causes, in addition to over $365,000 in direct contributions to Republican candidates. In 2018, the Committee’s Tennessee program propelled Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) to victory, as the pro-Trump PAC spent more than $1 million in support of Blackburn’s candidacy.

With West’s help, the Committee is expanding its political activities in 2020, planning $1 million spends in key battleground states such as Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. In partnership with Great America PAC, the Committee has already launched the “Great America Voter Drive,” a $1 million campaign to register new Trump voters this election cycle.

Due to its political influence, Committee’s media presence is felt across the country. In recent years, the pro-Trump PAC has secured over 170 cable news bookings, as well as roughly 300 radio appearances nationwide. The Committee’s representatives have also penned dozens of op-ed columns in support of President Trump and his “America First” agenda.

“Given their tremendous impact, I have followed the Committee’s activities for years now,” said West. “I couldn’t be more excited to join such a hard-working team, as we do our part to get President Trump re-elected and advance the ‘America First’ agenda for years to come. Together, we will indeed continue to make America great again.”

“From media appearances to fundraising and door-knocking, Allen West’s involvement will take the Committee to new heights, and play an integral role in President Trump’s re-election,” said Committee Chairman Ted Harvey. “With West’s immense dedication to the cause, we are more confident than ever that the Trump agenda will continue transforming our country for the better.”

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Allen West: In 2020, Embrace Constitutional Conservatism, Not Progressive Socialism

By Allen West
Published August 9, 2019 at 1:13pm

America is at a crossroads. Do we continue down President Donald Trump’s path of economic prosperity, real border security and a renewed hope in the American dream?

Do we embrace constitutional conservatism? Or do we take the left’s path of progressive socialism?

I know which road I’m taking. I’m supporting Trump, and I urge all Americans — Democrats and Republicans — to do the same, for the betterment of this country.

That’s why I have decided to join the Committee to Defend the President, one of America’s leading pro-Trump super PACs. The Committee is on the front lines of President Trump’s re-election fight, and we are committed to not only making America great again, but also making the “America First” agenda endure for years to come.

Since its inception in 2013, the Committee has made roughly $11 million in independent expenditures to support Republicans and conservative goals, in addition to contributing over $365,000 directly to Republican candidates.

Tennessee is a prime example. In 2018, the Committee mobilized on behalf of Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, spending more than $1 million to boost her candidacy and shield her campaign from left-wing attacks.

From digital advertising to door-knocking, the Committee engaged with Tennessee voters on all levels, inspiring them to vote for a pro-Trump candidate who believed in Tennessee values — good, old conservative values.

In 2020, we’re taking our support for President Trump to new heights. The Committee is planning $1 million spends in key battleground states such as Florida, Michigan, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Anti-Trump Democrats like Joe Biden are making their appeals to working-class voters in those states, but they are still loyal to Trump.

Let’s keep it that way. By investing in battleground states, we can keep the electoral map in Trump’s favor.

Voter registration is key. Based on my personal experiences traveling around the country, there are millions of Americans who would support Trump, but didn’t vote in 2016 and fewer still in 2018. Many were unable to cast a ballot, but believe in the “America First” agenda that has transformed this country.

This is a golden opportunity for us.

For Republicans to win, we need to register them and get them out to vote for Trump and Republicans up and down the ballot. That’s why the Committee, in partnership with Great America PAC, has already launched the “Great America Voter Drive.”

Our goal is to spend $1 million to register new Trump voters this election cycle. If and when we do, we can mobilize a conservative army that can re-elect Trump in 2020 and defend his agenda for the next four years.

Again, America is at a crossroads. One path leads us to robust economic growth, historically low unemployment levels for African-Americans and Hispanics, and a clampdown on illegal immigration that advances America’s interests — not those of our countries.

The other path leads us down the dark and dangerous road of socialism — high taxes, government-run health care, and the decline of American entrepreneurship.

President Trump is leading us to a brighter future, and a greater America. Will you join us?

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Committee to Defend the President, Great America PAC Partner to Launch “Great America Voter Drive”

For Immediate Release
June 4, 2019
Committee to Defend the President
Media Contact: Luka Ladan

Committee to Defend the President, Great America PAC Partner to Launch “Great America Voter Drive”

Seven-figure campaign to target one million new Trump voters

Washington, D.C. — Today, the two largest grassroots outside groups supporting President Trump—the Committee to Defend the President PAC and Great America PAC—are announcing a new partnership to focus on the critical task of voter registration during the 2020 election. Titled the “Great America Voter Drive,” the project’s end goal is to register one million new voters for President Trump this election cycle.

The first phase of the project will target an initial spend of more than $1 million, both nationally and in the key battleground states of Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. The second phase of the project will expand to Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, and New Hampshire, including national bus tours.

Ed Rollins—the National Campaign Director for President Reagan’s 1984 re-election campaign and chairman of Great America PAC—will act as strategic advisor to the Committee to Defend the President. The two outside groups will cooperate on the targeting, messaging, and spending behind the national voter drive. Their goal, in part, is to counteract the unusually aggressive efforts by Democrats to meddle in 2020 election procedures, which is opening the door to ever-more-expansive voter fraud.

Combined, the two groups have spent more than $55 million to defeat Hillary Clinton, elect President Trump, and support his political and policy goals. This includes over $41 million in Independent Expenditures and political contributions to pro-Trump candidates, and many millions more in direct political advocacy spending—from the vocal support for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominations to defending the “America First” agenda and taking on 2020 Democratic candidates like Joe Biden.

Ted Harvey, chairman of the Committee to Defend the President, said, “For years now, the Committee has committed its resources to defending President Trump and his agenda from the Left’s relentless attacks. During that time, we have maintained a strong grassroots presence across the country, coordinating Trump voters on the ground to support his election and agenda in every way possible. The ‘Great America Voter Drive’ is the next step in our efforts, as we unleash the full force of President Trump’s base to get him re-elected in 2020. Only then can his ‘America First’ agenda endure for years to come.”

Rollins said, “Since Inauguration Day, President Trump has worked diligently to make America great again. We are proud to support his efforts by registering hundreds of thousands of Trump voters for the 2020 election, and getting them out to vote for his ‘America First’ agenda. Together, our two groups—with the support of Trump supporters on the ground—are uniquely positioned to continue the programs that defeated Hillary Clinton, elected President Trump, and will re-elect him in 2020.”


FEC hit with lawsuit over ignoring civil complaint accusing Clinton, DNC in election scheme

EXCLUSIVE: The Hillary Clinton Campaign and the Democratic National Committee allegedly used state chapters as strawmen to launder as much as $84 million in an effort to circumvent campaign donation limits, and the Federal Election Commission ignored complaints exposing the practice, a lawsuit filed Monday claims.

The Committee to Defend the President (CDP), a political action committee formally known as Stop Hillary PAC, filed its complaint with the FEC in December 2017 with the claims that the Hillary Victory Fund (HVF) solicited cash from big-name donors, and allegedly sent that money through state chapters and back to the DNC before ending up with the Clinton campaign.

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It’s a battle of the billboards just miles away from President Donald Trump’s “winter White House.”

A top pro-Trump super political action committee plans to put up a billboard Monday thanking President Trump, directly opposite one placed earlier this month by a liberal PAC calling for the commander-in-chief’s impeachment, Newsweek has learned. The competing messages will reside about two miles away from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate and golf club.

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Penn. Dem. Accused of Violating Finance Law on Eve of Vital Election for Dems

A pro-Trump super PAC has filed a Federal Election Commission complaint against Pennsylvania U.S. House candidate Democrat Conor Lamb, alleging unlawful coordination between outside groups and his campaign.

Lamb is facing Republican Rick Saccone in a highly contested special election for the seat in the 18th congressional district near Pittsburgh.

According to the complaint filed Monday by the Committee to Defend the President, Lamb unlawfully signed multiple emails for the liberal super PAC End Citizens United, which directed recipients to fundraising pages soliciting contributions that were not for his campaign committee.

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