Both Great America PAC and the Committee to Defend the President experienced their share of controversy during and immediately after Election 2016. For one: FEC officials have also accused both groups of shoddy campaign finance accounting and asked them to clean up their books — or potentially face penalties. Initially, in early 2016, Trump’s presidential campaign formally disavowed Great America PAC.
This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C.No matter. A pair of super PACs have together already burned through $1 million to boost Trump's 2020 bid, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of federal campaign spending records. So much spending, so fast, is unprecedented in U.S. election history. Trump himself is the prime instigator of this outside money onslaught.
Why it matters: America First Policies grew out of Trump’s political operation. Headed by Brad Parscale, who ran the digital and data portion of Trump’s campaign, and featuring a coterie of former aides, it was meant to serve as a quasi-independent outside group providing support for the president’s initiatives. Parscale has said America First Policies had raised around $25 million. The group initially kept a low profile while some strategists and donors departed and rival groups launched.