“Lara Trump and John Pence resigned from the AMMC Board of Directors in October 2019 to focus solely on their campaign activities, however, there has never been an ethical or legal reason why they couldn’t serve on the board first, ”said Tim Murtaugh, a spokesperson for Mr. Trump. “John and Lara were not compensated by the AMMC for their services as board members.”
For Mr. Trump, the quarter of a billion dollars he and the party raised in six weeks is enough to pay all of his remaining campaign bills and to fund his unsuccessful legal challenges while still leaving tens of millions of dollars.
Mr. Trump’s plans remain extremely fluid, however. His refusal to accept Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory has delayed internal political planning, aides say, with some advisers from his shrinking circle of confidants even reluctant to approach him to set a course of action for 2021 and beyond.
Those who have spoken with Mr. Trump say he seems shrunken and on top of his job; this detachment is reflected in a Twitter thread that remains stubbornly more focused on unfounded fraud allegations than on the toll of the raging pandemic.
Mr Trump has talked about running again in 2024 – but maybe not either. He created this new PAC, but a different political entity may still be in the works, people involved in the talks said. Discussions about the counter-scheduling of Mr. Biden’s inauguration with a milestone event or an announcement from him are currently on hold.
Mr. Trump had tentatively planned to travel to Georgia on Saturday, according to a senior Republican official, to support the two Republicans in the Senate run-off races. But he’s still angry with the Republican governor and secretary of state for accepting the election result, and just doesn’t want to make the trip. There are talks about him after the Christmas holidays, but it‘s not sure he’ll be in a more magnanimous mood by then.
But despite showing indifference to the Georgian races, Trump’s political apparatus has used the grassroots energy and enthusiasm generated by the two rifts to fuel his own fundraiser. The email and text solicitations prompted Trump supporters to donate to a “Georgia Election Fund,” even though no funds go directly to either of the Republican senators on the ballot, irritating some Senate GOP strategists.