Donald Trump Moves to Dominate GOP Finances Ahead of Midterms, 2024

Former President Donald Trump has moved to tighten his grip over fundraising, urging supporters to donate to his Save America PAC so money is not directed to candidates he deems "RINOS."

Trump hit out at what he brands "Republicans in name only" in a statement released on Monday, stating: "No more money for RINOS. They do nothing but hurt the Republican Party and our great voting base—they will never lead us to Greatness."

He then urged donations to his PAC and added: "We will bring it all back stronger than ever before."

The comments come after representatives for Trump reportedly moved to stop the Republican National Committee (RNC) from using the former president's name and likeness in fundraising efforts.

The RNC has defended its right to do so, the Associated Press reports, with its chief counsel J. Justin Riemer stating the committee "has every right to refer to public figures as it engages in core, First Amendment-protected political speech" and would continue to do so.

Riemer outlined this stance in a letter to Trump attorney Alex Cannon. The RNC has referred to Trump in fundraising emails.

At CPAC Trump said there was "only one way to contribute to our efforts, to elect America first Republican conservatives," and urged donations to his PAC.

He has outlined plans for supporting Republican candidates in 2022, though his language has made clear his desire to back those aligned with his views.

During his CPAC speech he spoke of wanting "Republican leaders who are loyal to the voters" and who would work towards "the vision" he laid out.

Trump also spoke of wanting to "get rid of" all the lawmakers who had broken with him on impeachment, listing those who voted to impeach him in the House and those who voted to convict him in the Senate.

In a statement last month in which he attacked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Trump said he could back primary challengers who align with his positions.

"Where necessary and appropriate, I will back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First. We want brilliant, strong, thoughtful, and compassionate leadership," he said.

In January, Trump met with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and a statement detailing their talks from the Save America PAC said the "number one" topic of conversation was "taking back the House in 2022."

This went on to outline the power Trump feels his endorsements have, stating his endorsement at this juncture "means more than perhaps any endorsement at any time." It said work aiming to take back the House had "already started."

Following acquittal in his impeachment trial in February, Trump spoke of having further plans for his "Make America Great Again" movement.

"Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun. In the months ahead I have much to share with you, and I look forward to continuing our incredible journey together to achieve American greatness for all of our people," he said in a statement.

"There has never been anything like it! We have so much work ahead of us, and soon we will emerge with a vision for a bright, radiant and limitless American future."

He has begun to back candidates ahead of 2022, publicizing several endorsements through his website. Trump has also alluded to another presidential run, though has not confirmed if he will take another shot at the White House in 2024.

In a straw poll at CPAC, he was the frontrunner in terms of who attendees said they would back in a primary for the 2024 Republican nomination and other polling has similarly shown substantial support for him among Republicans.

Newsweek has contacted the Office of the Former President and the RNC for comment on the fundraising situation.

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held in the Hyatt Regency on February 28, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. He has looked to take charge of the direction of political donations from his supporters. Joe Raedle/Getty Images