John Bolton Super PAC

John Bolton Super PAC is a project of John Bolton, who served as Ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush. The organization’s mission statement asserts that “it is not American strength that is provocative, but American weakness.”[1] Bolton’s preferred alternatives to current policies include, most famously, his repeated calls to bomb Iran.[2]

Along with its associate, John Bolton PAC, the John Bolton Super PAC claims to advocate for stronger national security. However, in 2014, the Washington Post noted that “in practice, Bolton’s few PAC donations have looked less focused on supporting national security candidates than simply supporting candidates in close contests who could help determine whether Republicans will control Congress next year.”[3] Bolton suggested on multiple occasions that he might seek the Republican nomination for President in 2016 before ultimately deciding not to run.[4]

In October 2015, the John Bolton Super PAC announced that it would spend $50,000 on ads supporting Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).[5] This is the only independent expenditure that the group has reported as of May 23, 2016.

As of April 30, 2016, John Bolton Super PAC had $1.9 million cash on hand after raising $3.3 million in the 2016 cycle.[6] The group’s top donor is New York hedge fund magnate Robert Mercer, who has donated $2 million. FEC records also show that the Bolton Super PAC has spent $774,274 on “survey research” with one of Mercer’s companies, Cambridge Analytica.

[1]John Bolton Super PAC.” Accessed 09/22/15

[2]To stop Iran’s bomb, bomb Iran.” John Bolton, The New York Times (op-ed), 03/26/15

[3]What is John Bolton thinking?” Jaime Fuller, The Washington Post, 07/14/14

[4]John Bolton announces he is not running for President.” Jose DelReal, The Washington Post, 05/14/15

[5]John Bolton Super PAC launching ads supporting Kelly Ayotte.” Dan Tuohy, The New Hampshire Union Leader, 10/5/15

[6]John Bolton Super PAC – FEC Form 3X.” Federal Election Commission, 02/20/16, p. 2

[7]John Bolton Super PAC – FEC Form 3X.” Federal Election Commission, 01/31/16, p. 2