Priorities USA super PAC ramps up fundraising for 2018
Priorities USA Action, the pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC that reinvented itself in 2017 with a broader mission and a focus on digital campaigning, raised $4.5 million in the first three months of 2018 as it prepares for the midterm elections.
The super PAC’s sister nonprofit, Priorities USA, raised $2.2 million, for a combined first-quarter total of $6.7 million.
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The super PAC’s first-quarter haul more than doubled what it brought in all of last year, when the nonprofit took the lead fighting policies put forward by President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans. The super PAC spent approximately $500,000 in two key 2018 Senate states, Indiana and Missouri, and finished the first quarter with about $4.5 million on hand, the group said.
The fundraising pace slowed for the 501(c)(4) nonprofit, Priorities USA, which brought in $15.5 million in 2017.
While Priorities USA Action has to report its donors and expenditures to the Federal Election Commission by Sunday’s first-quarter deadline, the 501(c)(4) can accept anonymous donations of unlimited size.
The Priorities USA groups plan to spend $75 million in the 2018 midterms, CNN reported in January, focusing on digital advertising and working in concert with House Majority PAC and Senate Majority PAC, the biggest Democratic super PACs focused on congressional races. Priorities USA Action and House Majority PAC already announced a plan to jointly spend $12 million on digital ads this year, as Democrats look to win the 23 seats they need to take back the House.