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John Bolton Announces $100,000 Donation To Downticket Races

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Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton injected $100,000 into 19 down ticket races, according to a press release Thursday.

“Recent bombings in New Jersey and New York prove the threat of terrorism is as real at home as it is in other parts of the world,” said Bolton. “It is imperative that the 115th Congress is represented by Republican leaders who understand the dangerous times we live in and will vote for strong national defense policies that ensure America’s safety. I am proud to endorse and contribute to the campaigns of these 19 candidates.”

The 19 Republican members running for Congress include two from the swing state of Florida, three from New Jersey and Utah Sen. Mike Lee.

“While serving in the Senate, Mike has applied thoughtful solutions to some of America’s most pressing national security challenges,” Bolton said. “He understands that Obama’s failed foreign policy has hurt America’s standing in the world and he is working to ensure our military and policy is strong and effective. I fully support his candidacy for re-election to the Senate.”

“There is no one that better understands the security challenges that our country faces, at home and abroad, than Ambassador John Bolton. His service to the United States has helped our country continue to shine the light of democracy around the world, and I’m very proud to receive his support,” Republican Rep. Scott Garrett told The Daily Caller News Foundation about the donation.
Republican candidate Mike Gallagher also had great things to say about Bolton, “I am honored by the endorsement of Ambassador Bolton, who has dedicated his life to advancing the cause of American leadership, and peace through strength in a dangerous world.”

The John Bolton PAC already donated $540,000 in the 2016 election season before the latest round of donations. Bolton has a SuperPAC that spent $3 million this election season for Sens. Richard Burr, Dr. Joe Heck, Kelly Ayotte.

“The John Bolton Super PAC was founded to raise the importance of American national security in Federal elections. Protecting our vital individual freedoms at home requires securing America’s interests in a challenging world,” the PAC’s official website states.

“We must refocus our priorities on policies that make us strong so we can remain free. The John Bolton Super PAC will support candidates determined to reverse the Obama policies of decline, retreat, and the mistrust of American exceptionalism.”

The Super PAC received $2.5 million from billionaire hedge fund manager Robert Mercer in increments of $500,000 over the course of the last year. The Super PAC raised $3.4 million in the 2016, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, heading into the month of September with a little under $700,000 in available funds.

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