'Dark Money' Expenditures Against Sabatini Could Point to President Trump

'Dark Money' Expenditures Against Sabatini Could Point to President Trump

Could President Trump be trying in influence a Congressional race in Florida?

Grayson Bakich
Grayson Bakich
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August 13, 2022

The Republican primary for Florida Congressional District 7 continues its ferocity with State Rep. Anthony Sabatini at the eye of the storm. On Friday, The Floridian detailed that Sabatini falsely claims to have voted in favor of Governor Ron DeSantis' "Freedom First" state budget program. Now Sabatini may have been caught in another lie.

In a Facebook post featured in the previous article, Sabatini claims that American Liberty Action, a Republican PAC, is "Anti-Trump." An additional post claims the PAC is led by allies of Mitt Romney (R-UT). The PAC has spent $800,00 attacking Sabatini, and as we reported, their attacks are not without merit.

The ads currently running hit Sabatini for being a former registered Democrat that voted in both the 2008 and 2012 Democratic primary elections. The Floridian was the first and only outlet to report Sabatini’s Democratic voting record.

Moreover, the claim that American Liberty Action is "anti-Trump" and "run by former Mitt Romney staffers" is only partially correct.

According to Wyofile, American Liberty Action's treasurer is Charles Gantt of Bulldog Compliance. Gantt is also senior vice president of Red Curve Solutions. Bulldog Compliance is a division of Red Curve Solutions – a well-known group providing treasury, budgeting, and FEC compliance services to super PACs.

Sabatini wanted us to follow the "Dark Money" spent against him in his primary race. We did, and it appears all that "Dark Money" could lead to President Trump.

While it is true that Red Curve Solutions did indeed aid in fundraising efforts for Romney's 2012 campaign, it also served as the treasurer to the Treasurer to Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. as well as the two joint fundraising committees in which the Trump campaign participated--Trump Victory and Trump Make America Great Again.

Bulldog Compliance and Charles Gantt (Treasurer) are currently listed on President Donald Trump's newly-minted Super PAC, Make America Great Again, Again! committee set up to assist his likely 2024 presidential reelection campaign.

The group also served as a registered agent on the America First Action PAC, which raised $149,372,835.68 in 2020 for Trump and spent nearly every last dollar of those funds against Biden.

The Floridian could not confirm whether President Trump sanctioned the independent expenditures made by Mr. Gantt for the American Liberty Action PAC, but from past experiences, Trump is very hands-on when it comes to anything that could be linked to him, both directly and indirectly.

Sabatini is running in a contentious primary race against combat veteran Cory Mills, Navy SEAL Brady Duke, businessman Scott Sturgill, Rusty Roberts, Ted Edwards, Erika Benfield, and Al Santos.

Mills is considered the frontrunner in the race and has been the target of negative mail and digital advertisements from Duke and Sabatini.

Publisher Javier Manjarres contributed to this story.

Grayson Bakich

Grayson Bakich

Florida born and raised, Grayson Bakich is a recent recipient of a Master’s Degree in Political Science at the University of Central Florida. His thesis examined recent trends in political polarization and how this leads into justification of violence.

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