Great America PAC

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Great America PAC
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Founded 2016
Founder Eric Beach
Legal status Super PAC
Headquarters Alexandria, Virginia[1]
Eric Beach, Ed Rollins
Website www.greatamericapac.com

Great America PAC is a Super PAC that supported Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.[2] It was founded in 2016 by Eric Beach, a political strategist who is a veteran of presidential campaigns.[3] Beach soon brought on Ed Rollins, a long time Republican campaign consultant and strategist who served as the campaign manager for Ronald Reagan's 1984 presidential campaign.[4]

Leadership[edit]

Great American PAC is run by co-chairs Eric L. Beach and Ed Rollins.[3] Former Navy SEAL and Trump supporter Carl Higbie was brought on to serve as the PAC's spokesman.[5] The "hybrid PAC/Super PAC" spent $26.6 million during the 2016 election cycle. Its largest contributor in 2016 was Isaac Perlmutter, chairman and former CEO of Marvel Entertainment, who gave $5 million.[6] Houston businessman Robert McNair, owner of the Houston Texans football team, gave the PAC $2 million.[7] Andy Surabian served as a senior advisor to GAA at yearend 2017.[8]

Television ads[edit]

In June 2016, Great America PAC released its first ad entitled "Enemies" featuring spokesman Higbie.[9] In the ad Higbie says, "The Orlando tragedy is a stark reminder that the enemy and the battlefield is moving here to our shores ... Join millions of active duty military members and veterans like me who stand with Donald Trump."[10] Great America PAC spent $700,000 on the ad.[10]

In July 2016, Great America PAC released its second ad entitled "The Difference" featuring Dorothy Woods, the widow of Ty Woods, a former Navy Seal and one of four Americans killed in the 2012 Benghazi attacks.[11] In the ad, Woods says "her husband was a "fierce patriot." Woods goes on to say, "He was killed during the attack in Benghazi while saving American lives under the charge of our State Department," and that when "When Hillary Clinton was challenged by Congress on who was to blame for the attack, her response was a disgrace."[12] Great America PAC spent two-million dollars to produce and air the ad.[11]

In July 2016, Great America PAC released its third ad entitled "Leadership" featuring former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.[13] In the ad Mayor Giuliani says "The world must come together and America needs to lead, yet President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton just wants to stay the course. The incompetence Hillary Clinton displayed during the Benghazi attack and her singular focus on protecting her own reputation proves she is not ready to be commander-in-chief. We face many challenges as a nation, but nothing is more critical than America displaying strong leadership and an unwavering resolve to defeat terrorism. America's leadership can and must be better and with Donald Trump as president, it will be."[13]

In June 2018, Great American PAC released a video encouraging people to call 1-800-737-9719 and press "1" to indicate support for Donald Trump to win the Nobel Peace Prize. The ad features claims that Trump is "Defeating ISIS", "Vowing to bring our troops home", "Taking action against chemical weapons", and "Bringing North and South Korea together, ending a decades long war". The ad was seen on the OAN on June 15th, 2018, but a reference is unavailable at this time.

Great America Alliance[edit]

In December 2016, Great America PAC announced the formation of a new offshoot called the Great America Alliance, which it described as a research and issue advocacy organization whose mission was to support the "Trump Agenda" by advocating "a stronger economy, a more secure nation, and a society with less government intrusion and more freedom for American citizens."[14] The Great America Alliance is co-chaired by Eric L. Beach.[15][16] Tomi Lahren joined the organization as a senior adviser in May 2017.[17][18]

In June 2017, during the period when former FBI Director James Comey delivered three hours of sworn testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding his dismissal as FBI director and links between Trump associates and Russian officials, Great America Alliance spent $400,000 on an Internet and television advertising campaign that criticized Comey, calling him "just another DC insider only in it for himself"[19] and saying he "put politics over protecting America” even as “terror attacks were on the rise.”[20]

In July 2017, Great America Alliance featured Lahren in an ad targeting liberal "snowflakes." The ad described symptoms of "snowflakeism" as "feeling the Bern" or saying "I'm with her."[21]

Great America Alliance representatives such as Lahren and Beach have written opinion articles defending Trump's agenda and supporting pro-Trump conservative candidates in the 2018 congressional elections.[22][23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FEC Form 3X". Great America PAC. Federal Election Commission. April 30, 2016.
  2. ^ Ballhaus, Rebecca (May 16, 2016). "Ed Rollins Says His Pro-Trump Super PAC Is Tops". Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Ballhaus, Rebecca (June 7, 2016). "Who's Who: Meet the Super PACs Backing Donald Trump". Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  4. ^ Diamond, Jeremy (May 3, 2016). "Ex-Reagan campaign manager joins pro-Trump super PAC". CNN. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Interview with Barbara Comstock" (transcript). CNN. June 3, 2016. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  6. ^ "PAGE BY PAGE REPORT DISPLAY FOR 201707199066814206 (Page 2170 of 2262)". docquery.fec.gov. Retrieved 2017-10-06. 
  7. ^ "Open Secrets: Center for Responsive Politics, Great American PAC" Retrieved October 5, 2017
  8. ^ Baker, Peter, "For Trump, a Year of Reinventing the Presidency", New York Times, December 31, 2017. Retrieved 2017-12-31.
  9. ^ Schouten, Fredreka (June 20, 2016). "Pro-Trump super PAC uses Orlando attack in new ad". USA Today. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b Schleifer, Theodore (June 20, 2016). "First on CNN: Pro-Trump super PAC cites Orlando attack". CNN. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  11. ^ a b Deb, Sopan (July 25, 2016). "Pro-Trump super PAC to air new commercial during DNC". CBS News. Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  12. ^ Savransky, Rebecca (July 25, 2016). "Pro-Trump group to air new Benghazi ad during Dem convention". Retrieved July 27, 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "Leadership 60 sec TV spot" (video), Great America PAC, July 25, 2016, retrieved July 28, 2016 
  14. ^ "Great America Alliance Launches To Support Trump Agenda" (Press release). Great America Alliance. December 28, 2016. 
  15. ^ CNN, Andrew Kaczynski. "A pro-Trump group is using Obama's voice out of context in radio ad for Georgia's special election". CNN. Retrieved 2017-08-01. 
  16. ^ "Pro-Trump super PACs have already spent $1.3 million on Election 2020". Philly.com. Retrieved 2017-08-01. 
  17. ^ "Tomi Lahren lands job with a pro-Trump Great America Alliance". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2017-08-01. 
  18. ^ Alliance, Great America. "Tomi Lahren Joins Great America Alliance". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2017-08-01. 
  19. ^ Schleifer, T. and Burlij, T. "Pro-Trump group attacks Comey ahead of his testimony", CNN.com, June 7, 2017, Retrieved June 12, 2017
  20. ^ McCambridge, R. "Pro-Trump Nonprofit 501(c)(4) Runs Ad Attacking Comey ahead of Testimony", Non-Profit Quarterly, June 7, 2017, Retrieved June 12, 2017
  21. ^ O'Brien, Jack. "Watch: Pro-Trump group targets 'snowflakes' in latest Tomi Lahren ad". Washington Examiner. Retrieved 2017-07-31. 
  22. ^ Lahren, Tomi (2017-08-14). "OPINION | Tomi Lahren: The left politicizes tragedy — as usual". TheHill. Retrieved 2017-10-02. 
  23. ^ "Roy Moore's Alabama win is just the start: GOP establishment beware". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2017-10-02. 

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