Megadonor Suspends Donations To Nikki Haley

By Victor Winston, updated on January 28, 2024

In a surprising turn of events, Reid Hoffman, the billionaire co-founder of LinkedIn and a prominent Democratic donor, has ceased his financial support for a super PAC backing Nikki Haley's 2024 Republican presidential bid.

This decision follows Haley's defeat to Donald Trump in the New Hampshire GOP primary, despite her super PAC's significant fundraising success.

Reid Hoffman, known for his liberal leanings, made a strategic choice in 2022 to contribute $250,000 to the Stand For America Fund Inc., a super PAC advocating for Haley. His aim was clear: to bolster Haley's chances of eclipsing Trump for the GOP nomination in 2024. However, the recent New Hampshire primary results have prompted a reassessment of this support.

Trump's commanding victories in both Iowa and New Hampshire, capturing over half of the votes, have reshaped the Republican primary landscape. These back-to-back wins have not only raised doubts about Haley's viability but have also influenced other GOP donors, who are now suggesting that it might be time for her to step aside.

The decline of a promising campaign

Despite the challenges, Haley's campaign showcased remarkable fundraising prowess in the latter half of 2023. Her super PAC amassed over $50 million, outpacing even Trump's fundraising efforts.

This financial edge, however, was not enough to secure a win in the early primaries, leading to Hoffman's strategic withdrawal of support, Washington Examiner reported.

According to Dmitri Mehlhorn, Hoffman's adviser, "Before the primaries, we invested in Gov. Haley because we saw that her performance in New Hampshire might give her a path to defeating Donald Trump."

This sentiment underscores the initial optimism surrounding Haley's campaign and the potential it once held.

Mehlhorn added, "It is still possible that Gov. Haley will be able to persuade voters that Trump is no longer stable and cannot carry their banner into the fall campaign." He continued, “The only way I can see a path happening is if Trump has a ‘senior moment,’ and she’s able to exploit it to persuade GOP voters that he’s lost it."

A shift in political winds

Yet, with the tide turning against Haley, GOP donor Andy Sabin's blunt advice rings loud: "It’s time for Nikki Haley to walk away."

This sentiment reflects the growing skepticism within the party regarding Haley's ability to rebound in the race.

The pause in Hoffman's donations signifies more than just a shift in financial support; it mirrors the broader political landscape's response to the primary outcomes. With Trump's strong showing, many within the GOP are recalibrating their strategies and support.

Conclusion

In the face of these developments, it is evident that the Republican field for the 2024 presidential nomination remains volatile.

The withdrawal of support from influential donors like Hoffman could signal a consolidation of the party around certain candidates, reshaping the dynamics of the race.

As the political scene continues to evolve, the implications of Hoffman's decision and the fate of Haley's campaign will be closely watched.

It remains to be seen whether Haley can regain momentum or if Trump's lead will further solidify, influencing the strategies of donors and candidates alike.

About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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