Scoop: Brian Kemp launches federal PAC
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to create Hardworking Americans Inc., a federal PAC that will allow the Republican to boost his national profile, Axios has learned.
Why it matters: Kemp's unique success defeating a Trump-backed opponent in a primary and a Democrat in a key battleground has made him something of a case study for Republicans. It's also paved the way for speculation about his future national ambitions.
- The new PAC could set Kemp up for a federal run, including for U.S. Senate.
- Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) will be defending his seat in 2026, the same year Kemp's gubernatorial term will end.
Catch up quick: Kemp's nearly 8-point November victory over Democratic star Stacey Abrams was preceded by a more than 50-point primary victory over a Trump-backed opponent, former Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.).
- Kemp was vilified by the former president after he refused to overturn Georgia's 2020 election results.
Be smart: A federal PAC allows Kemp to influence races across the country and donate money to other candidates, including in Republican primaries.
- In the near term, it could allow him to boost support for Republican Senate hopeful Herschel Walker, who's locked in a Dec. 6 runoff against Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.).
- The PAC hasn't yet reported any contributions, and no fundraiser for Walker has been announced.
What they're saying: "We’re all in to help get Herschel over the goal line and keep Georgia red for years to come!" senior Kemp adviser Cody Hall told Axios.