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Defying the Odds
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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Super PAC Involvement in Delegate Selection

Kenneth P. Vogel reports at Politico:
Anti-Trump billionaires are funding ground operations in an increasing number of states to try to ensure the selection of national convention delegates who oppose Trump. The strategy is being executed by the anti-Trump Our Principles PAC, which has a stated goal of blocking the bombastic billionaire from clinching the GOP presidential nomination before the party’s convention in July.

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While engaging in presidential delegate fights is an unprecedented use of super PAC cash, one of Our Principles’ billionaire donors said it’s a smart way to “cover all bases.” And the donor, Minnesota media mogul Stan Hubbard, brushed aside Trump’s increasingly vocal frustration about getting cheated in the battle for delegates.
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In the run-up to the conventions in North Dakota, Colorado and Wyoming, Our Principles reached out to registered attendees via telephone to try to gauge their loyalties. Then, at the state conventions, the PAC targeted attendees with mobile advertising and also has had three or more local operatives on the ground in each state working the crowd, making sure that anti-Trump attendees are aware of which delegates share their sensibilities, according to Miller. (In Colorado this past weekend, for instance, those efforts were led by Tyler Sandberg, who had managed the successful 2014 reelection campaign of Rep. Mike Coffman)