Tuesday, January 26, 2021

New Pro-Trump Think Tank Being Launched

While many officials in the former Trump Administration are having difficulty landing jobs across the think tank world, a former Trump official has decided to establish a new pro-Trump think tank as well as a lobbying arm.  Here is more from Axios:

Russ Vought, who led Donald Trump's Office of Management and Budget, plans to announce two pro-Trump organizations Tuesday, aiming to provide the ideological ammunition to sustain Trump's political movement after his departure from the White House.

Why it matters: The Center for American Restoration and an advocacy arm, America Restoration Action, will try to keep cultural issues that animated Trump’s presidency on the public agenda, according to people familiar with the matter.

What we're hearing: Vought is teaming up in the effort with Rachel Semmel, who ran communications for Trump's OMB, and Ashlea Frazier, his former chief of staff.


Mr. Vought is the former Vice President of Heritage Action, the lobbying arm of the Heritage Foundation.

Trump's Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson announced in December that he wanted to start a think tank, although there has not been word of any launch and it is unclear if he will become affiliated with this new Trump think tank. 

In related Trump-think tank news, Trump's Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has returned to the Hudson Institute as a Distinguished Fellow.

Here is a list of think tankers that have gone into the Biden Administration.