The Republican donor class is meeting with Breitbart News chief and former White House strategist Steve Bannon over his plan to primary establishment Republicans.
Steve Bannon has met with notable Republican donors, many whom are frustrated by the GOP’s inability to pass legislation such as repealing Obamacare, tax reform, and raising a border wall, Breitbart reports.
The donor class will consider supporting Bannon’s campaign to challenge Republican incumbents in the war against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Bannon is reportedly setting up a series of primary challengers who will back President Donald Trump’s agenda.
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Bannon met with Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus; Marcus reportedly vented about his lack of return on investment in Senate Republicans. Marcus, in the last six months, donated $2 million to a super PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, as well as tens of thousands of dollars to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), only to watch the Senate fail repeatedly.
Mitch McConnell recently folded under populist pressure and decided to extend the Senate’s workweek into Fridays and possibly even the weekend to fulfill the president’s agenda.
Bannon met with venture capitalist John Childs, who recently donated $400,000 to McConnell’s 2014 reelection. Bannon also discussed the 2018 mid-term elections with Gore-Tex heiress Susan Gore, a major backer of libertarian causes. The Breitbart News executive chairman huddled with Sheldon Adelson, one of the Republican party’s most prominent donors. Bannon also met with Eric Crown, the longtime backer of Senate GOP reelection efforts.
Marcus signaled that he is willing to back Senate Republican primary challengers, although he will give Republicans until the end of the year to pass significant legislation and then weigh his options.
Marcus’s adviser Steve Hantler said, “Like many donors, if the gridlock continues in Washington, Mr. Marcus will consider new approaches to breaking the gridlock, including those proposed by Steve Bannon and others.”
Will the grassroots effort succeed in over-throwing liberal Republicans in the Senate?