By Alex Isenstadt
01/21/16 – 11:15 PM EST
Donald Trump, riding a wave of momentum with less than two weeks until the Iowa caucuses, is about to get the backing of a cash-flush super PAC funded by a major GOP donor.
William Doddridge, the CEO of the Jewelry Exchange, one of the country’s largest jewelry companies, told POLITICO late Thursday that had decided to start TrumPAC, an outside group focused on helping the real estate mogul win the White House.
“Trump’s business acumen sets him apart from the field and is exactly what we need in the Oval Office. I have talked to so many friends and colleagues who want to get involved supporting Donald Trump, and TrumPAC is a great way for them to do just that,” Doddridge said in a statement. “I’m proud to work with our grassroots leaders to support this movement.”
Working alongside Doddridge will be Amy Kremer, a key leader in the tea party movement who formerly served as chairman of the Tea Party Express and will serve as TrumPAC’s spokeswoman and co-founder. The group’s attorney will be Dan Backer, a prominent conservative election attorney who represented GOP activist Shaun McCutcheon, who brought a case to the Supreme Court challenging the limit on overall campaign finance contributions.
In an interview, Kremer said the group had so far raised a six-figure sum and was looking to attract additional donors. The goal of the super PAC, she said, was to unite the party around the Trump, who is in a tight race with Ted Cruz in Iowa.
“We’re trying to get everyone on the same page because we’re working for the same cause,” she said.
Kremer said the super PAC will soon launch a website, trumpac2016.com, and that it planned to air TV ads and conduct get-out-the-vote activities.
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