Tim Scott-aligned super PAC pulls plug on ads as senator’s 2024 GOP presidential campaign struggles
The Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), an independent expenditure committee closely associated with US Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), has pulled the plug on its planned advertising blitz in support of his nascent 2024 presidential campaign. The organization announced on Monday that it had decided to “end further spending on our ongoing project aimed at introducing Senator Scott to a wider audience of voters,” effective immediately.
The decision to pull the plug on the ad blitz comes after a string of disappointing poll numbers and fundraising reports for Scott’s presidential campaign. Recent polls have shown Scott falling far behind the leading Republicans in the race, including former President Donald Trump, former Vice President Mike Pence, and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Additionally, the CLF’s decision also follows a recent report stating that Scott had only managed to raise $1.5 million in the first quarter of 2021, far less that leading GOP candidates like Vice President Pence, who had raised more than $5 million in the same period.
The CLF’s withdrawal of support from Scott seems to indicate that his presidential ambitions are increasingly in doubt. It is unclear whether the organization’s decision will adversely affect Scott’s candidacy, but it certainly appears to be a significant setback as he attempts to gain traction in the race.