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GOP leaders call on Trump to invest more money in Senate elections

According to a report from Politico on Friday, Republican lawmakers want former president Donald Trump to invest more of the approximately $99 million in funds held by his Save America PAC in GOP Senate contests.

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Former President Donald Trump (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The report also claims, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, has privately pleaded with the former president to utilize some of the $99 million in donations that his PAC is believed to have received to back Republican Senate candidates who are lacking in critical funding.

“A lot of Trump candidates need help, like Blake Masters,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told Politico. “My argument would be: ‘If the people you endorsed do well, you do well.'”

“President Trump has been completely invested in seeing his endorsed candidates win, which has already fueled his 98% win record so far this cycle,” Trump spokesperson Taylor Budowich said. “Through the power of his endorsement and his massive MAGA rallies, President Trump is able to infuse campaigns with media attention, volunteers and donors in a way that has never been seen before in American politics.”

Even though Democrats are raising more money than the GOP, Trump aides told the news source that he is not required to finance the Senate elections.

Despite the fact that Democrats are outfunding the GOP in the Senate campaign, Trump sources informed the news organization that he is not required to finance the contests.

Trump may not be investing much in these elections, including for the people he endorsed, but he is speaking at rallies for them and supporting the races with his influence.

“He’s a penny pincher. He’s not going to spend money on people when he can spend money on himself. In lieu of spending money, he can do events for you,” a GOP strategist working on House and Senate races told the news outlet. “Everyone thought that, by Labor Day, he would be loosening up the purse strings a bit and money would be flowing in.”

“I don’t buy this spin that he has some moral obligation to spend millions on candidates. Now with that said, I do think it would be a politically smart move for him to spend big. But he doesn’t owe it to these people,” the Trump insider said. “There is a blame game happening between Rick Scott and McConnell … a game of ‘cover your a**,’ because no one wants the blame if Republicans do indeed underperform.”

The Trump PAC had cash on hand as of July 31 totaling $99,127,576 according to OpenSecrets.org.

According to Politico, the PAC has sent checks totaling the maximum $5,000 to a number of Republican lawmakers, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Jim Banks of Indiana, as well as several Senate candidates who have received Trump’s endorsement, including Dr. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania and Hershel Walker in Georgia.