Rebuilding America Now

Rebuilding America Now is a pro-Donald Trump Super PAC started by California financier Tom Barrack. When announcing the group’s formation in June 2016, Barrack said that the group already has $32 million in commitments from four mega-donors.[1]

The group’s key operatives include Ken McKay, lobbyist Laurance Gay, and political consultant Alex Castellanos.[2][3] Castellanos had previously been a vocal opponent of Trump. In 2015, Castellanos called Trump a “strongman [who] is a wolf in custom clothing” and reportedly “produced ads portraying Mr. Trump as unfit for the presidency.”[4][5]

Three days after its launch, the group released its first ad, criticizing Secretary Clinton and President Clinton by clipping sentence fragments together.[6]

[1]Trump ally forms Super PAC with $32 million in commitments.” Theodore Schleifer, CNN, 06/02/16

[2]Trump ally forms Super PAC with $32 million in commitments.” Theodore Schleifer, CNN, 06/02/16

[3]Trump campaign brings in lobbyists for key posts.” Kenneth Vogel and Isaac Arnsdorf, Politico, 04/20/16

[4]Trump is the strongman we don’t need.” Alex Castellanos, CNN, 08/20/15

[5]Inside the Republican Party’s desperate mission to stop Donald Trump.” Alexander Burns, Maggie Haberman, and Jonathan Martin, The New York Times, 02/27/16

[6]Pro-Trump group’s first ad uses Clintons’ words against them.” Eric Bradner and Theodore Schleifer, CNN, 06/05/16