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The Daily BeastNov 26, 2022
Trumpworld Think Tank Is Barely Paying Its Bills
Photo Illustration by Erin O'Flynn/The Daily Beast/GettyA nonprofit think tank aligned with ex-President Donald Trump started 2021 with a bang, but ended up falling well short of its fundraising expectations, according to a new tax filing obtained by The Daily Beast.

The America First Policy Institute, a 501(c)(3) organization formed last year by a cadre of Trump administration officials and known informally as a "White House in waiting," initially announced a first-year operating budget of $20 million. But according to its 2021 tax statement, the group raised less than three-quarters of that amount, reporting about $14.9 million in total contributions.

That may sound like a decent haul, but more than $10 million of that amount came from 10 anonymous donors, with the largest single source giving $3 million. (AFPI is not required to make the names of its contributors public.) Trump donors accounted for $1 million, in the form of a transfer last June from his Save America leadership PAC. Weeks after Trump sent the money, AFPI officials joined him at a Mar-a-Lago press conference to announce his ultimately failed class-action lawsuit against social media companies. Both Trump and AFPI used that event to raise money.

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Drudge ReportNov 26, 2022
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The Daily BeastNov 25, 2022
Democrats Are Ready for GOP to Make Hunter Biden the New Benghazi
Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post via GettyIt's not Hunter Biden's scalp they want. Rather, the House GOP caucus is poised to launch a two-year crusade to tarnish President Joe Biden's character—and lower his poll numbers—just like they did with Hillary Clinton and the Benghazi hearings prior to her 2016 candidacy.

But things are different this time around—Democrats aren't going to assume that voters can see through the partisan bluster, and are mounting a war room operation outside the White House. The Congressional Integrity Project (a pointed moniker, to be sure) will try to fend off the Republican barrage, and go on the offense in the information war.

The existence of the newly revamped group, first reported by Politico, is an effort to mount a 21st century war room with a response team that can "expose the political intentions behind the investigations targeting the White House," says Leslie Dach, a senior advisor to the CIP, who is working with founder Kyle Herrig and longtime political activist Brad Woodhouse. All three have deep Democratic Party ties.

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