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A conservative PAC you can trust, unlike the RNC

On Friday, the National Republican Trust PAC bought Web ads at the sites of the Daily Caller and the Weekly Standard with a simple message: "Republicans you can Trust: with your principles... your time... your investment."


Was the PAC making a jab at the RNC?

"Yeah, we did post that ad in response to the nightclub story," said Scott Wheeler, the executive director of the PAC. "We didn't want to take a cheap shot at the RNC or Michael Steele, but we definitely wanted to distinguish ourselves as being different and not part of the establishment."

Wheeler really doesn't mean to attack Steele personally. "I think Steele may be getting a bum rap from some people in the inside," he said. "It's a difficult thing to do, but because our names are so similar, we wanted people to know that we're not part of the RNC. We're much more grass-roots-oriented, much more oriented to average people in this country."

The PAC, which has spent $2.8 million this cycle -- it was highly visible in the special House races in New York last year, and in the Massachusetts special election for U.S. Senate -- is making the most direct "give to us, not the RNC" appeal of any conservative group. According to Wheeler, it was the donors who made the first move.

"I hear from a lot of our donors who say that they stopped giving to the RNC," he said, "and now I'm expecting to hear from more people who don't trust the RNC."

By David Weigel  |  April 7, 2010; 5:30 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Election , Michael Steele , RNC  
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