Reality television star, real estate mogul and Republican celebrity du jour Donald Trump told the conservative news site NewsMax that he was considering launching his own super PAC to extend his political influence.
When asked whether established super PACs had approached him to fund attacks on President Barack Obama, Trump responded, "Yes, they have, and I am thinking about just doing my own super PAC."
"There was a recent [anti-Obama] commercial done where they made him look like a superhero. I'm saying, who made this commercial? I thought it was one of the worst commercials I've ever seen," Trump explained. "If I did one, I would show how bad we're doing as a country, how disrespected we are as a country. I would show people from OPEC, 11 people sitting around a beautiful gold-encrusted table talking about how they are going to continue to rip off the United States."
Trump elaborated on other ad ideas: "I would do one on China and talk about the manipulation of their currency, which is draining the blood out of this country ... My super PAC ads would be focused on how outside places and outside things are absolutely sucking the blood out of this country, and this country can't be great again unless it really starts to generate money. You can't fund Medicare, you can't fund Social Security unless we start to generate money, and we can't because outside sources are taking our money. We're like children with a wallet, and they're just taking the money right out of our wallet."
Were Trump to start up his own super PAC, it would not be the first time he helped fund one of those unlimited-money political committees created in the wake of two court decisions, most prominently the Supreme Court's January 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. In 2010, Trump donated $50,000 to the Karl Rove-linked super PAC American Crossroads.