Anti-Trump Republican Launches Super PAC

Gov. Larry Hogan has what appears to be a super PAC, a development sure to stoke speculation that Maryland’s chief executive might challenge President Trump in the Republican Primary in 2020.

Change Maryland Action Fund bills itself as a political organization that can accept contributions in unlimited amounts. Neither the Federal Election Commission nor the Maryland State Board of Elections were able to track down a statement of organization for the group on Tuesday. But it has begun soliciting contributions as Hogan more closely considers a presidential bid amid a busy national travel schedule. Last week, he was in New Hampshire for the first time as a potential contender.

In an email fundraising appeal issued in April, Change Maryland Action Fund described itself as the “official organization” backing Hogan, saying it was “founded by the governor’s closest friends and supporters.”

Such organizations, usually referred to as super PACs, operate independently because federal law prohibits coordination with campaigns. But most are staffed and operated by loyal operatives who previously advised the political figure they were propped up to promote, and Change Maryland Action Fund appears no different. The super PAC’s finance director is Allison Meyers, the signatory of at least two email fundraising appeals.

Read more at the Washington Examiner.