Trump Spending Just A Tiny Fraction Of McConnell’s Total On GOP Candidates

by | Oct 26, 2022 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump continually attacks Mitch McConnell with childish insults, yet with two weeks left before the midterms has spent just a tiny amount on behalf of Republican candidates compared to the Senate GOP leader.The former president’s Make America Great Again Inc. super PAC has, through Wednesday, reported a total of $8.5 million spent for Republican Senate candidates — barely 4% of the $204.5 million that McConnell’s Senate Leadership Fund has spent, according to a HuffPost analysis of Federal Election Commission filings.AdvertisementIf Trump’s PAC continues spending at the rate it did for the first half of October, and even if all that money comes from his Save America “leadership” PAC rather than outside benefactors, Trump would still be left with more than $80 million available for his own personal or political use after the midterms.Trump’s staff did not respond to HuffPost queries. Weeks ago, they touted the new super PAC as a way for Trump to “spend heavily” to help Republicans win back Congress.Trump has spent $1.2 million attacking Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), $1.6 million opposing Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) and $1.1 million going after Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.). He has also spent $1.6 million and $2.3 million attacking John Fetterman and Tim Ryan, the Democratic Senate nominees in Pennsylvania and Ohio, respectively, and another $706,000 boosting Blake Masters, the GOP nominee in Arizona.Indeed, in all five races, the Republican nominee is Trump’s choice, based almost entirely on a willingness to spread Trump’s lies that the 2020 election had been “stolen” from him through voter fraud. In each of those five states, Republicans may have had a stronger chance of winning had a more mainstream candidate wound up as the nominee.AdvertisementThe Mitch McConnell-connected Senate Leadership Fund super PAC has doled out 25 times as much for Republican candidates than Donald Trump’s Make America Great Again Inc.Getty ImagesYet even in most of those states, McConnell’s PAC has vastly outspent Trump’s. In Georgia, for example, the Senate Leadership Fund has already spent $33 million attacking Warnock. It has spent $29 million attacking Ryan in Ohio, $22 million on Cortez Masto in Nevada, and $42 million on Fetterman in Pennsylvania.Only in Arizona — where McConnell had been hopi …

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