Pelosi, McCarthy big-money marketing campaign donors giving early, with Home up for grabs

Nancy Pelosi and Kevin McCarthy

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With the midterm elections more than a year away, wealthy donors have already begun giving massive checks to committees linked to Democratic House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi and Republican minority leader Kevin McCarthy, according to new records.

The Federal Election Commission’s second quarter record of fundraisers related to Pelosi, McCarthy, and House leadership paints a picture of party officials and funders realizing the need to fund these campaign committees heavily, with the House of Representatives Chamber in 2022 to Choice is available. The Democrats, who hold the majority, lost seats in the 2020 election and the Republicans are trying to capitalize on it.

The Associated press reported that the Republican campaign arm, the National Republican Congressional Committee [NRCC], trumped his rival for the Democrats in the House of Representatives, the Democratic Congress campaign committee [DCCC], in the second quarter.

McCarthy and Pelosi campaigners did not respond to requests for comment.

Take Back the House 2022, a joint fundraising committee for the NRCC, McCarthy and other House Republicans, posted over $ 8 million in profit from April through June. This was due to donations from influential donors, including those on Wall Street like Nelson Peltz, the CEO of investment firm Trian Partners, who donated $ 50,000 to the committee in June.

Citadel CEO Ken Griffin donated over $ 500,000 to the committee that month. Steven Roth, the CEO of Vornado Realty and an ally of former President Donald Trump, gave $ 250,000 in May. Robert Day, the CEO of investment real estate firm Oakmont Corp., gave the group $ 100,000 in the same month. Howard Lutnick, the CEO of financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald, donated over $ 700,000 to the committee in June, records show.

McCarthy’s leadership PAC, which also raises money for the NRCC and Take Back the House, also saw large donations from big donors last quarter as the GOP seeks to recapture the majority. The committee, the McCarthy Victory Fund, has raised just over $ 2.3 million in the past three months.

Peter Thiel, an investor billionaire who had previous alliances with Trump and recently increased his contributions to GOP candidates, donated just over $ 47,000 to the McCarthy Victory Fund in April. Doug Leone, an executive with venture capital firm Sequoia Capital, donated $ 125,000 to the committee in May. Leone renounced his support for Trump following the deadly January 6 riot on Capitol Hill. David Urban, a longtime Trump confidante and now a senior executive at Chinese tech company ByteDance, gave the committee $ 5,000 in June.

Pelosi also saw how much money flowed into their joint donation account. The Nancy Pelosi Victory Fund, which raises funds for the DCCC, raised over $ 4 million in the second quarter.

Legendary film producer Steven Spielberg donated $ 150,000 to the Fundraising Committee in April. In the same month, his film colleague Jeffrey Katzenberg donated $ 100,000. Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Google, donated over $ 44,000 to the committee in June. Real estate giant George Marcus contributed over $ 260,000 that same month.

Capitol riots: Pelosi says she could be open to abandoning 9/11-style fee if efforts stay stalled

“It’s always an option,” said Pelosi USA today published in an interview on Tuesday. “It’s in no way my preference. My preference would be to have a commission.”

A commission of this kind would have to be set up by statute, which is approved by both chambers and legally signed by the President. The commissioners would not be elected leaders, but would come from outside the government.

The 9/11 panel was chaired by a former Republican governor with a former Democratic congressman as vice chairman. Its members included other former lawmakers and government officials from both parties.

A Plan designed by Democrats The commissioners are due to submit their report by the end of the year. The commission would then end 60 days after the report was published.

But both Republicans and Democrats involved in the negotiations say talks on the issue have stalled with little communication between the two sides. Although Pelosi has not agreed to a 50:50 partisan split in the commission, she argues that the real problem is that the GOP is unwilling to focus the probe specifically on what led to the uprising. Republican leaders have argued that political violence in general should be a subject of investigation.

Pelosi told the newspaper that it will soon enact laws to strengthen security measures in the Capitol, as no action has been taken since then retired Lieutenant General Russel Honoré, who led a security review at the Capitol after the uprising issued his recommendations.

Pelosi said in an interview that the mob that stormed the Capitol in an attack that killed five dead wanted to kill them but felt safe because of the security around them.

“That’s what they wanted,” she told USA Today.

The spokeswoman said she would never forgive the rioters for the trauma the attack caused to lawmakers and employees, who were locked into a lockdown as security officials struggled to regain control of the iconic building when it was momentarily disturbed by the crowd trailer at that time was overtaken. President Donald Trump.

This story has been updated with background information.

CNN’s Annie Grayer, Jeremy Herb and Ryan Nobles contributed to this report.

Pelosi desires safety cash to face ‘enemy’ inside Home

by: ALAN FRAM, Associated Press

Posted: Jan 28, 2021 / 2:59 PM EST
Updated: Jan 28, 2021 / 2:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) – More money is needed to protect lawmakers from threats of violence by an “enemy” within Congress, House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, former President Donald Trump said Thursday.

The California Democrat told reporters she thought Congress needed to allocate more money “to create more security for Members when the enemy is in the House of Representatives, a threat that Members are concerned about.”

When asked what she meant, Pelosi said, “It means we have members of Congress who want to put guns on the ground and we have threatened other members of Congress with violence.”

Pelosi’s remarks underscored the high level of security concerns in Congress since the January 6 attack by Trump supporters on the Capitol, which resulted in five deaths. Lawmakers, including some who voted for Trump’s impeachment this month, have reported receiving threats.

The concern has taken on clear party-political undertones. Some Republicans have protested loudly against having to pass through newly installed metal detectors before entering the house’s chamber, while Pelosi has proposed penalizing lawmakers who bypass the devices.

Pelosi did not say who she was referring to by referring to an “enemy” within the home, and a spokesman did not provide examples when asked.

But first MP Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., Liked Facebook posts advocating violence against Democrats and the FBI. One post suggested shooting Pelosi in the head.

When asked to comment, Greene sent a written statement accusing Democrats and journalists of attacking her for “posing a threat to her goal of socialism” and for supporting Trump and conservative values. “They want to get me out because I represent the people. And they absolutely hate it, ”she said.

Earlier this month, the HuffPost website reported that Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., Triggered a newly installed metal detector and carried a hidden weapon while attempting to enter the chamber of the house. Other Republicans have also spoken about gun carrying, which lawmakers can do, but not in the House or Senate.

Pelosi said she met on Thursday with retired Lieutenant General Russel Honoré, who is leading a security clearance of the Capitol.

She said he was examining ways to protect the legislature “in relation to her service here, his service home, her transport in between.” Legislators have already been told that they can get accounts for some security measures that they use for office expenses.

The campus was surrounded by fences and guarded by National Guard forces, and new internal security procedures were put in place, such as installing additional shielding devices.

The public is not allowed to carry firearms on Capitol grounds, but members of Congress can store weapons in their offices or transport them around campus when unloaded and securely packaged.

On Wednesday the Department of Homeland Security released a national terrorism bulletin warning of the possibility of increased violence by people motivated by anti-government sentiments following the election of President Joe Biden. The department did not cite any specific properties.

A Senate trial over the punishment of Trump is due to begin next month after his home was charged with inciting the Capitol riot.

Trump made arson attacks in front of a crowd of supporters that day and asked them to march towards the building. Legislators at the time officially confirmed Biden’s election victory, which Trump repeatedly and incorrectly attributed to fraud.