Driving school instructor networks are a growing part of the Republican Party, but they’re hardly new.
A group of high-profile GOP donors is now backing a new candidate for the Senate in Texas.
And they’re helping Trump by recruiting the kind of voters he’s most likely to turn out in November: Republican Party members and donors.
The network of Republican Party donors and their high-powered associates have been making a concerted push to help Trump.
In the latest episode of The Five, FiveThirtyEight’s Chris Anderson lays out the network’s strategies, and we asked them for their insights.
“This is like a party that’s run by an army of ex-military,” said Jason Kander, a veteran Republican Party operative and adviser to Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
“There’s a huge military presence in Texas.”
The network, which started in 2014, is composed of wealthy donors and wealthy Republicans who’ve spent millions of dollars to help the president, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan research group.
Trump has raised at least $15 million from those who have contributed to the network, with more than half of it coming from individuals and families who are millionaires or billionaires.
Trump’s network is made up of high level people who have been at the forefront of the party’s effort to recruit high-value voters to his campaign, according a person familiar with the network.
Trump and the network are making a direct appeal to voters with no party affiliation, including people who may not have voted for the president before, and people who are likely to support him as a Republican, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations about the network and the campaign.
“They’re trying to win you over with these super PACs, and they’re doing this on a massive scale,” said the source.
The people who helped Trump build this network are not part of Trump’s inner circle, the source said.
“The guy is the biggest political donor in America,” the source added.
The donors who help Trump and his team are mostly people who’ve invested in his businesses and who have significant political stakes in the election, according the source, who has also spoken with the donors.
“A lot of them are people who don’t have a lot of time for political campaign,” said one donor who declined to be identified.
“I would call them ‘people who have the most to lose,'” said the donor.
“When the president is in office, they have a massive amount of leverage, and Trump has had a lot to lose.”
Trump has been spending hundreds of millions of his own money to hire Republican Party operatives, consultants, pollsters, and operatives to help him win the election.
But Trump’s allies on the network say they’re focusing on other parts of the election and not Trump himself.
“It’s about Trump,” said Kevin Madden, the CEO of the Texas Republican Party and an adviser to the Republican Governors Association.
“Trump is a major focus of this campaign.
I mean, he’s the President-elect.
This is the person that’s going to lead the party.”
Madden and his colleagues say they are not endorsing any candidate and that they have not formed any connections with Trump personally.
Trump is not involved in the network or in fundraising.
But he does appear to be a key player in the effort, the sources said.
The source who spoke with FiveThirtyeight said Trump has spent tens of millions to help finance the network in part by buying the ads it produces.
In early August, he paid $500,000 to buy an ad that included the narrator of the video for Trump’s campaign, a former Texas governor and former governor of New York, Mark Holden.
The ad featured Holden in a video saying, “Trump can’t win the Senate.
The Senate is a joke.”
Trump is spending $1 million to buy a similar ad that featured Holden saying, “(I’m) the President of Texas.
He can’t be president.
That’s why I’m the president of Texas.”
Trump, meanwhile, has spent millions more to fund the campaign of his brother, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, the most prominent Republican who has yet to declare his candidacy.
Christie has a long history of backing the network but has been reluctant to take any positions on the Senate race.
He’s been reluctant, for instance, to endorse any candidate in the race.
“Chris Christie is not endorsing anyone in the Senate,” said Kander.
“He’s not saying he will support a candidate, but he is not taking any positions.”
The sources say that Christie and his allies are making the effort to get the nomination before he does, to avoid an embarrassing primary battle with a rising star who’s a more experienced and well-known figure.
But the effort could backfire, the people said, because it will likely result in Christie’s defeat in the general election.
And, they added, the network