Donald Trump plans on moving the operations for the Office of the Former President from his familiar stomping grounds in Mar-a-Lago.
“Like so many Florida snowbirds, former President Donald Trump and his team will flock back north, to the New York region, after spending his first months out of the White House at his beachside Mar-a-Lago estate,” Tom LoBianco wrote in an exclusive piece for Business Insider.
But Donald Trump’s post-presidential office won’t be located in Manhattan, where he grew an empire as a real estate mogul. He will be moving it from the Florida locale once referred to as the ‘Winter White House’ to a different kind of swamp — the state of New Jersey.
The reason why he is uprooting the base of operations from the wonderful Sunshine State to the Garden State makes a lot of sense: It’s about the money.
“They’re moving the whole operation to New Jersey because they’re going to start doing more fundraising,” an advisor with ties to Save America and the Make America Great Again PAC told the Insider.
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In late January, Donald Trump officially launched the Office of the Former President in a statement.
“The Office will be responsible for managing President Trump’s correspondence, public statements, appearance, and official activities to advance the interests of the United States and to carry on the agenda of the Trump administration through advocacy organizing and public activism,” the statement said. “President Trump will always and forever be a champion for the American People.”
The office launched an advocacy arm at the time: The Center for American Restoration, which “aims to try to keep cultural issues that animated Trump’s presidency on the public agenda.”
Trump has also launched an official website for his post-presidential agenda at 45Office.com. “The website allows the public to submit messages, scheduling requests and press inquiries to Trump and former first lady Melania Trump.”
Donald Trump has played kingmaker from Mar-a-Lago. He has remained active and has made a number of political endorsements ahead of the 2022 elections. His Save America Pac, created after the 2020 election, and Make America Great Again Pac, have an impressive warchest
Save America, a leadership PAC created after the general election, entered 2021 with more than $31 million cash on hand, according to an Federal Election Commission filing,” CBS reported on the PAC’s most recent FEC filing. “The bulk of that money, $30.4 million, was transferred from the Trump Make America Great Again committee.”
“The cash in Save America is just a fraction of what Mr. Trump and Republicans hold in various political committee accounts,” CBS added. “His presidential campaign committee still has $10.7 million in the bank. Mr. Trump’s joint fundraising committees with the Republican National Committee, Trump Make America Great Again Committee and Trump Victory, have about $63 million cash on hand — although the former president isn’t entitled to all of that money.”
In March, Donald Trump issued a statement advising Republican donors to give money to him directly and not to ‘RINOs’ — shorthand for ‘Republicans in Name Only,’ referring to members of the GOP who constantly capitulate to radical Democrats.
“No more money for RINOS,” Trump said “They do nothing but hurt the Republican Party and our great voting base—they will never lead us to Greatness.”
“Send your donation to Save America PAC at DonaldJTrump.com,” Trump’s statemement continued. “We will bring it all back stronger than ever before!”
It looks like bringing America “back stronger” will include fundraising and outreach from a post-presidential office in New Jersey.
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