Lauf’s Defense of Freedom PAC shows her initial $5,000 investment grew nearly 20x inside 5 months
As reported earlier this fall on McHenry County Blog, former 14th Congressional District candidate Catalina Lauf publicly launched her Defense of Freedom PAC (DOFPAC) in late September with an initial $5,000 investment from her congressional campaign account.
Through November 23 according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) reports, DOFPAC has raised just under $96,000, contributed monies to 12 Republican campaigns this fall and is positioned to grow entering the 2022 election cycle.
Per the FEC 2nd and 3rd quarter reports, along with the Pre- and Post-election reports, here are the financials:
|Reporting Period||Receipts||Disbursements||Cash on Hand|
|Q2 2020 (Started 6/24/20)||5,000.00||–||5,000.00|
|Pre-Election 10/1 thru 10/14||3,300.00||1,037.00||4,796.40|
|Post-Election 10/15 thru 11/23||86,758.24||55,721.57||35,833.07|
In light of Catalina Lauf’s DOFPAC financial performance, she issued the following statement:
“I am excited for my continued involvement in the conservative movement and am committed to using my platform to help elect the next generation of leaders to the Republican Party.
“Given the state of our current political environment including the threat of an unfair electoral process, the very essence of founding principles are under attack.
“It’s important, now more than ever, for Republicans to band together and provide support to others in any capacity we can.”Catalina Lauf statement of Defense of Freedom PAC performance 12/8/20
Lauf’s DOFPAC contributed directly to the campaigns of the following Federal candidates. Unlike a super PAC, a PAC donates monies directly to a campaign:
|President Trump Victory||1,000|
|John James (MI-Sen)||1,000|
|Aliscia Andrews (VA-10)||1,000|
|Lauren Boebert (CO-03)||500|
|Madison Cawthorn (NC-11)||500|
|Congressman Dan Crenshaw (TX-02)||1,000|
|Congressman Mike Garcia (CA-25)||1,000|
|Tamika Hamilton (CA-03)||500|
|Anna Paulina Luna (FL-13)||1,000|
|Burgess Owens (UT-04)||1,000|
|Sean Parnell (PA-17)||1,000|
|Alek Skarlatos (OR-04)||1,000|
Update: Additional DOFPAC Statement from Catalina Lauf
After this article posted, Catalina Lauf posted the following on her Instagram page concerning DOFPAC:
“~100k raised in around 5 months, could not have been done without the support of Patriots all over the Country.
“Thank you for your continued belief in me and for supporting the Defense of Freedom PAC in its efforts to help rockstar candidates and non-profits that are doing amazing work.
“I have been and always will be, fiercely committed to using my platform to help others and our collective mission of preserving the values of our great Country, as well as the many organizations and people who make her a better place!
“***Not to mention, we’re bringing in a little bit of the tech / startup culture to politics. Very proud of that
“Our end of year non-profit contributions will be announced soon! Head to http://dofpac.com to learn more and consider supporting!”Catalina Lauf Instagram post 12/8/20
OBSERVATION: Recalling how Lauf’s congressional campaign began in August of 2019, she ran her campaign like a “start-up”.
It’s clear Lauf’s DOFPAC has run the same way, and from the seed money of $5,000 DOFPAC has thrived and has proven thus far Catalina Lauf does not have to be a candidate to raise a significant amount of money under FEC rules.
DOFPAC’s FEC reports can be viewed here.