Trump super PAC books millions of TV ads in key states | Kingman Miner Daily

NEW YORK — Former President Donald Trump is finally opening his checkbook, earmarking millions of dollars of airtime for ads to support his endorsed candidates in key midterm races just a month before Election Day.

Trump’s newly formed super PAC MAGA Inc. has so far made reservations in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Arizona, according to ad tracking firm AdImpact. Additional spending is expected in Nevada and Georgia, according to a person familiar with the effort who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the purchases before they were made public.

The spending in Georgia is particularly notable, as Trump-chosen Republican Senate nominee Herschel Walker’s campaign was rocked by reports alleging he encouraged and paid for a woman’s abortion in 2009. Walker, a longtime soccer icon, backed a national abortion ban in his primary and said he doesn’t believe in exceptions, even in cases of rape, incest or when a woman’s health pregnant is in danger.

The super PAC booked $1 million in airtime in Arizona on Friday, with ads set to begin airing Saturday, according to AdImpact. This follows bookings of $1.34 million in Ohio and $829,000 in Pennsylvania placed on Thursday, AdImpact said in a tweet.

MAGA Inc. spokesman Steven Cheung declined to say how much additional spending Trump had planned beyond the initial reservations. “We’re not going to telegraph our expenses, but this is a major purchase,” he said.

The first two super PAC ads are negative spots aimed at turning voters away from Democratic rivals to Trump-backed candidates. The first attacks Pennsylvania Democrat John Fetterman, who is running against Republican candidate Mehmet Oz, by portraying Fetterman as soft on crime.

“John Fetterman wants ruthless killers, muggers and rapists back on our streets,” he charged, calling the lieutenant governor “dangerous.”

The second targets Ohio Democratic Senate candidate Tim Ryan for voting with his party as a congressman, using footage from a speech in which he joked that he would “suck a little” the Democratic leader of the Senate, Chuck Schumer, “his future boss”. Ryan, who is running against Trump-backed Republican JD Vance, ran as a centrist trying to win back Rust Belt voters who have soured on the party in recent years.

Ads released so far don’t feature or even mention Trump, who remains a deeply divisive figure but is hugely popular with the Republican base.

Trump had come under mounting pressure to finally start spending on the midterm races after playing an outsized role in the primaries and pushing his favorite candidates. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, in particular, had urged Trump-backed candidates to ask him to open his checkbook ahead of the final stretch of the race.

The notoriously thrifty former president’s Save America PAC, his primary fundraising vehicle since leaving office, ended August with more than $90 million in the bank. Trump aides have discussed transferring some of that money to MAGA Inc., which could then be used to support a presidential campaign if Trump decides to run again, though campaign finance experts are split on the legality of such a decision.

Trump continued to tease another presidential race, telling his supporters at a rally in Warren, Michigan last weekend, “We’re going to be talking about big things hopefully in the not-too-distant future. .”

“Oh, I think you’re going to be happy,” he continued. “But first we have to win a historic victory for the Republican Party in November.”

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