Steve Bannon headlines ‘Red Tide Rising’ rally in Elma

From The Buffalo News:

Steve Bannon, the one-time close adviser to Donald Trump with wide appeal among the president’s supporters, will highlight an Elma campaign rally on Oct. 24 in a sign of the GOP’s escalating effort to excite its base and turn out the vote on Election Day.

Bannon will appear with local Republican candidates at 4:30 p.m. at the Jamison Road Volunteer Fire Co, 1071 Jamison Road, according to organizer Michael R. Caputo.

“It’s a ‘Red Tide Rising’ rally to get out the vote for all Republican candidates in the region,” said Caputo, an East Aurora political consultant and CNN commentator associated with Bannon on several political projects. “People will be coming from all around, but everyone is concerned about NY-27 going blue.”

Caputo is referring to the 27th Congressional District seat now held by Republican Rep. Chris Collins of Clarence, who is running for re-election while under federal indictment for alleged insider trading. Even though the Collins district ranks as the most Republican in New York State, a Siena College poll released Tuesday shows him statistically tied with Democratic challenger Nathan McMurray.

“Steve is doing a national tour of troublesome congressional districts,” Caputo said. “He is a friend who I told about the problems in NY-27, and he wants to keep it red.”

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Group led by Steve Bannon spending $3 million on digital ads ahead of midterm election

From ABC News:

“Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon’s political arm is spending $3 million on digital ads targeted at getting out the vote ahead of the midterms, according to Bannon.

The new push, just three weeks before the midterms, is funded by Bannon’s new outside political group, a 501(c) 4, called “Citizens of the American Republic” that he formed in August.

Groups under 501 (c) 4 are social welfare organizations that must not be organized for profit and “must be operated exclusively to promote social welfare,” according to the IRS.

Bannon will be out on the campaign trail stumping for Republican candidates who are considered vulnerable with the message that even though President Donald Trump isn’t on the ballot, the midterm election is a referendum on his presidency.

Bannon wrote and directed a documentary called “Trump at War,” with the goal of galvanizing the political base. Bannon said he’ll air the film on Tuesday, in the Dallas congressional district where Republican Congressman Pete Sessions is attempting to hold onto his seat.”

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