Governor Youngkin has started two new PAC’s to help elect Republican governors across the country and a couple of Republican House members closer to home in Virginia.
“Kristin Davison, a senior adviser for Youngkin’s political operation, said the new groups will build on Youngkin’s campaign themes. “Looking to 2022, Gov. Youngkin will continue to grow that movement and help other candidates win, especially those that will turn blue states red, just as he did in Virginia last year,” Davison said in a statement.
Youngkin has established two organizations for his political work, both of which can accept donations of unlimited size: Spirit of Virginia, a “527” political action committee, and America’s Spirit, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit group which will not have to disclose its donors but faces some restrictions on how the money is spent.
Spirit of Virginia has already started to promote Youngkin’s agenda, running TV ads urging members of the state Legislature to pass his proposed budget.”
Thirty-six states have Governor’s elections this year, with sixteen of them having incumbent Democrats. Youngkin’s PACs have not said which Republican candidates they will be supporting this year. More on this story at politico link above.
It would seem Youngkin’s PAC money would first go to flipping members of the state senate so Republicans would gain the majority, and continue their majority in the House of Delegates so that Youngkin could get his agenda passed in the General Assembly.
Might the formation of these PACs be with an eye toward Governor Youngkin running for higher office in 2024?