President-elect Donald Trump’s senior adviser and former campaign manager said she’s considering leading an outside group to support Trump’s agenda.
The group, which the Washington Post reported Monday might be called “Unleash the Potential,” would encourage Trump supporters to apply political pressure to Democratic senators in states won by Trump, especially those who face tough re-election bids in 2018. More than half the 48 members of the Senate Democratic caucus face re-election in two years, the Post noted.
Conway said such a group would provide “a surround-sound super structure” to bolster Trump’s policy priorities and support his cabinet nominees.
“He’s going to be a very active president who wants to accomplish things quickly,” she said, according to the Post, adding: “We want to honor that by being ready.”
While the exact structure of the group is still up in the air, Conway’s leadership of it could mean millions of dollars spent in support of Trump’s message. Conway is a close political adviser and personal friend to Rebekah Mercer, daughter of billionaire hedge fund manager and conservative activist Robert Mercer and herself an extremely active funder for Trump’s presidential bid.
The Mercers, according to a September Washington Post report, were among those who urged Trump to re-tool his campaign over the summer. Rebekah Mercer discussed the advantages of hiring Stephen Bannon with Trump at a private gathering in the Hamptons. Bannon, Conway and Citizens United president David Bossie, all close to the Mercer family, joined the Trump campaign shortly afterwards.