RNC Challenger Attacks High Dollar Advisors Despite Being Itself

PHOENIX – Future Republican National Committee Chair Harmeet Dhillon continued her attacks on the party’s top-paid advisers on Tuesday, despite receiving $1.3 million in payments from the RNC to her law firm in the past four years.

“They’re so married to that sweet, sweet money,” he said from the stage at the “America Fest” conference of the conservative youth group Turning Point USA. “Whether they win or lose, they get paid. I now run a small business. I am a partner at a law firm I founded. We don’t get paid whether we win or lose. They get paid whether they do their job well or not. Most of us don’t.”

“If our money isn’t going to candidates, it has to go to grassroots activists. That will be my commitment as party chairman,” he added.

What Dhillon didn’t mention at the event, however, is that his firm has been paid $1,333,967 by the RNC since former President Donald Trump attended the “social media” summit at the White House in July 2019, according to a HuffPost analysis. Federal Election Commission files.

Dhillon now personally represents the ex-president who attempted the coup, and has received $360,575 from his various political committees. Prior to his speech at the White House, he had not received money from the RNC or Trump.

Dhillon did not respond to a HuffPost inquiry about whether his contracts with RNC paid for success or whether he was paid regardless of the outcome.

Only six law firms have acquired more from RNC in the past four years, including powerhouses like Jones Day and McGuireWoods. Dhillon Law Group, on the other hand, introduces itself as a “boutique” firm and has a total of 21 lawyers.

In total, RNC has spent $1.2 billion since January 1, 2019. Of that, $50.8 million went to 169 law firms for legal work, and $93.1 million went to 72 firms and individuals classified as consultants.

Within this last group, only 13 consulting firms have acquired more from Dhillon Law Group in the past four years.

An ally of Dhillon, speaking on condition of anonymity, said his work for the RNC, which included defending some staff and members who received subpoenas in the January 6 investigation, fully deserved the money he was paid for.

“The best conservative election lawyer in the country,” the ally said, adding that he had promised not to accept further legal work if Dhillon became president. “It gives a ton of money.”

Spokespersons for current RNC president Ronna McDaniel, who is running for a fourth biennial term, did not respond to HuffPost inquiries.

One McDaniel ally, speaking only on condition of anonymity, said Dhillon’s attacks on McDaniel, party staff and advisers, were unfounded.

“Had Harmeet Dhillon spent less time on television as a TV lawyer, she would have known that the RNC is already decentralized with 56 state parties in every state and territory,” said the McDaniel ally. “Not only was what he said a tremendous insult to the state parties and their local or regional parties, but what he was proposing would really increase the power of the RNC president by making him accountable not to the party states but to the larger element outside the current RNC. That makes him some sort of supreme leader or Republican pope.”

But appearing on television and the Internet has been the focus of Dhillon’s strategy to expand the RNC race beyond the committee’s 168 members.

He announced his candidacy on Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s show earlier this month. He made it onto Steve Bannon’s podcast the next day. On Monday night, he took part in YouTube celebrity Tim Pool’s show, which he produced from the TPUSA stage.

“Only a handful of members of the National Committee of the Republic are active on social media,” he said in statements the next morning. “They wouldn’t be able to choose any of the influencers if their lives depended on it. It is a problem.”

TPUSA, which has seen fundraising and increased influence since founder Charlie Kirk allied with Trump in 2016, conducted a straw survey of its attendees over the past few days, and on Tuesday Dhillon’s McDaniel pillowed 58% to 2%. announced his defeat. Merchant election conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell received 31% of the vote and 10% did not express an opinion.

Dhillon asked several thousand spectators to contact RNC members in their state on his behalf. “Ask your state party leadership for a poll on who should be the next leader of the RNC,” he said.

Dhillon’s main message, repeated at Phoenix, was that he was “tired of losing” and that McDaniel and the RNC had mainly lost in the last three picks.

“Our party was spent, the message was given, and it didn’t work,” he said. “There was no ‘red wave’.”

Dhillon, like most Republicans, did not point out that Trump was the cause of these repeated losses. Its unpopularity led to a Democratic takeover of the House in 2018. He then lost the White House in 2020 and then in January 2021 effectively sabotaged two Georgia Senate runoffs by telling voters there had been rigged. This also gave control of the Senate to the Democrats.

Trump’s insistence that GOP candidates spread election lies or face his wrath as they enter the 2022 midterms has led to candidates who won their candidacy but subsequently failed in the general election. Republicans have lost five of seven tight Senate races with “Trump” candidates, several governorship races, and a number of House races, including a heavily pro-Trump district in Washington state.

Trump also saved the $85 million he had raised from small-dollar donors, even as the GOP candidates were cash-strapped against their Democratic rivals.

Continuing to lie about the 2020 election, Trump is under criminal investigation by the Department of Justice and state prosecutors in Georgia for his attempted coup on January 6, 2021, and his various efforts to stay in power to date. He’s also under DOJ investigation for taking top-secret documents from the White House and keeping them at the Mar-a-Lago social club in Florida, even despite a subpoena to turn them over.

Despite this, he is running for president again and remains loyal to a sizable portion of the Republican primary base.

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