Trump's Save America PAC donated $500,000 to the anti-Kemp organization Get Georgia Right, Politico reported. Federal election data indicates that the money was paid on March 25. It is the first significant cash contribution Trump has made during this election year.
Trump, who was quick to back former Senator David Perdue in the race for governor when he announced his campaign last month, is extremely open about his grievances against Kemp in relation to Georgia's 2020 electoral process.
The president and son Donald Trump Jr. have traveled across the Peach State in support of Perdue, and Trump hosted an extravagant fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago in March to help Perdue, whom Kemp has vastly out-performed during the campaign based on their most recent financial statements.
Trump has also used his leverage to support six other candidates for the Republican primary in Georgia on May 24, aligning Kemp haters against Kemp allies.
One endorsee, state Rep. Vernon Jones, is fervently pro-Trump. A Democrat-turned-Republican who had initially run for governor but dropped out at Trump’s urging and jumped into the race for the U.S. House seat for the Tenth Congressional District instead. Trump sought to unite his support for Jones with Perdue's by giving Jones an endorsement in exchange for his departure from the gubernatorial contest.
Despite Trump's efforts, Kemp is still the frontrunner in the race, and a recent polling release from Cygnal indicated Kemp's biggest lead to date with 16 points over Perdue.
Outside of Georgia, another “top priority” target of Trump's, whom the former president is expected to funnel large campaign dollars to defeat, is Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), Politico noted. Cheney has been the face of the 10 Republicans who opposed other House Republicans by voting to impeach Trump last year in response to the U.S. Capitol riot. The Wyoming Republican has drawn much criticism from the majority of her fellow Republicans in Congress because she relentlessly accused Trump of instigating the riot as well as for his stance on the 2020 presidential election.
Get Georgia Right plans to use the money to beat Kemp, Politico reported, with the group running a series of television advertisements since receiving the cash donation warning that Kemp won’t be able to take on Democrat gubernatorial contestant Stacey Abrams in a general election. The organization claims that Kemp “dismissed” concerns about voter fraud in 2020, and because he failed “to beat voter fraud,” he won’t be able to take on Abrams.
A spokesperson from Get Georgia Right suggested to Politico that Trump's objective is to ensure that “the truth emerges” about the 2020 elections in Georgia. “President Trump has demonstrated a strong interest in making sure the truth emerges about what happened in Georgia,” spokesperson Jessica Freese said. “He has also stated that the best way to solve this problem is electing people who acknowledge it and are committed to improving election integrity.”