Haley Loses a Major Donor

(RepublicanDaily.org) – After losing the primary to former president Donald Trump in her home state of South Carolina, presidential aspirant Nikki Haley said she will continue to fight – but she will have to do it sans the support of a major donor.

Libertarian conservative political policy network Americans For Prosperity Action (AFP), which was founded by the billionaire Koch brothers, said that it will stop sending financial support to Haley following her loss in South Carolina. The former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. and former South Carolina governor lost handily to Trump in the state’s primary by 20 points.

News outlet Politico reported that Emily Seidel, AFP’s CEO, sent an email to staff saying that the organization had to “take stock” of its spending priorities following the results of the South Carolina Republican primary. Seidel said that despite the fact that the AFP continues to believe that it made the right decision to support Haley’s candidacy financially, the organization believes that “given the challenges” Haley will be bound to face in the remaining Republican primaries, there is no “outside group [that] can make a material difference to widen her path to victory.” Regardless, Haley continues to have the group’s “strong endorsement.”

According to data from the Federal Election Commission, AFP spent roughly $31 million to boost Haley’s chances at the polls, funding campaign ads and mobilization efforts for activists who support the former South Carolina governor.

For Haley’s part, her campaign says that she is thankful for the support the AFP extended, while giving assurances that Haley still has strong fundraising sources for the remainder of the campaign.

“We have plenty of fuel to keep going,” said one of Haley’s spokespersons, Olivia Perez Cubas. Cubas said that the campaign just received $1 million from “grassroots conservatives in just the last 24 hours.”

“Our fight continues,” Cubas said. “We have a country to save,” she added.

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