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Getting Them While They Are Young and Conservative

Asked about the potential effect of Maverick PAC, a D.C.-based GOP fundraising consultant lauded the organization’s strategy of engaging young professionals. This consultant said the group could fill a void within the party, particularly if it can engage new donors and provoke other forms of party involvement. That could pay large dividends as those donors’ incomes rise and the value of their business connections increases, the consultant said.

However, the consultant cautioned against expecting Maverick PAC to become a major player in the world of PAC donations, given its focus on affordable, low-dollar events. “If the goal is to get young people involved and [get] them contributing, it will work. If the goal is to raise a lot of money,” it probably won’t, this fundraiser said. “But it sounds like a good idea.”

Maverick PAC, a federal political action committee, is an outgrowth of Maverick PAC Texas, a state political action committee operating under Texas law, which was initially formed by Texas alumni of the Bush 2004 re-election campaign who wanted to remain active in GOP politics. George P. Bush and Zeidman spearheaded the formation of the federal PAC beginning last cycle.

In an effort to maximize the amount of money Maverick PAC can donate to Congressional and gubernatorial races, the still-operating Maverick PAC Texas covers virtually all overhead and administrative costs for the federal entity, including the fees for Executive Director Pasha Moore, a Texas-based fundraising consultant.

Indeed, the $1.5 million in seed money that Bush and Zeidman raised last year was funneled to the state PAC.

“The goal in this election cycle was to institutionalize Maverick PAC,” Bush said. Neither he nor Zeidman is getting paid for the work they do for the PAC, he said.

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