President Donald Trump took office just weeks ago, but now he is set to travel to Orlando Saturday for what the White House has termed "a campaign event."
The event, which is listed on Trump's campaign website, will take place at a hangar at the Orlando-Melbourne International Airport, the site of a previous Trump campaign rally in September.
Trump repeatedly took aim at former President Barack Obama for his campaign efforts while in office.
Asked about the event Wednesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer called the rally "a campaign event" and said it is "being run by the campaign."
On the day of his inauguration, Trump filed paperwork with the Federal Election Committee indicating a possible re-election bid in 2020. Trump wrote that his filing, "does not constitute a formal announcement," but as a result, he is able to collect donations.
President Barack Obama didn't file his re-election paperwork until April 2011, 19 months before the 2012 presidential election; President George W. Bush didn't file until May 2003, 18 months before the 2004 election.
"Many times in the past, what sitting presidents have done in the first two years is really suspend any fundraising activities for their campaign committees," former FEC chair Michael Toner told ABC News in January, adding that the move could help keep the dollars flowing. "It gives them flexibility to raise money for a potential re-election effort."
In 2011, Trump tweeted that the country was "blowing up" in 2011 while Obama was "out campaigning," and asking, "Does @BarackObama ever work? He is constantly campaigning and fundraising--on both the taxpayer's dime and time---not fair!"
The White House confirmed Wednesday that Trump will fly aboard Air Force One to Florida this weekend for a previously scheduled trip to his home at Mar-a-Lago. It is not yet clear how he will travel from there to Orlando for Saturday's event.
Citizen's United was a travesty for Democracy, what was left of it.
That being said, we may have a champion of the people in President Trump.
He already killed the TPP.
Trump wrote that his filing, "does not constitute a formal announcement," but as a result, he is able to collect donations.
a possible re-election bid in 2020. Trump wrote that his filing, "does not constitute a formal announcement," but as a result, he is able to collect donations.
The Federal Election Commission has strict rules about what federal candidates can and can't do with leftover campaign money, and the biggest directive is that they can't pocket it for personal use.
Here's what a campaign committee is allowed to do with any lingering cash: it can donate the funds to charities or political parties; it can contribute $2000 per election to other candidates; and it can save the money in case the candidate chooses to run again. However, those regulations don't apply to the relatively new super PACs (Political Action Committees); this is only the second election where they have played a role, and there are currently no rules to stipulate what happens to that money beyond that it cannot go to fund another federal candidate. Much of that money tends to be returned to its original donors, used to wrap up the failed campaign, or donated to back a state-level candidate. The goal, however, is always to spend all of that money.
Venezuela should allow Leopoldo Lopez, a political prisoner & husband of @liliantintori (just met w/ @marcorubio) out of prison immediately.
The outcome of the trial was unsurprising. The justice system in Venezuela has long been at the service of its authoritarian government, which has grown increasingly brazen in its efforts to sideline the opposition as confidence in President NicolÃ¡s Maduro has plummeted.
The charges against Mr. LÃ³pez, a Harvard-educated former mayor of one of the municipalities that make up Caracas, were scurrilous. Mr. Maduro ordered his arrest in February 2014 and charged him with stoking violence as demonstrations against the government were spreading. The government, in its criminal complaint, preposterously claimed that Mr. LÃ³pez had incited Venezuelans to violence through subliminal messages.