In an effort to boost support for the GOP’s presidential nominee, a prominent Republican political consultant is launching a satellite-based campaign to win over voters in West Virginia and Alabama.GOP operative and former U.S. Sen. Dan CoatsDan Coats and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice are launching a $2 million satellite campaign to boost voter turnout, a campaign spokesman said Friday.
The campaign will launch its first satellite this month to help Democrats and the party’s nominee Donald Trump, the spokesman said.
Coats is an ally of Trump, and Rice is a supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
Coats’ satellite will be launched in West Virgina in early September, according to campaign spokesman Andrew McFarland.
The effort is being spearheaded by the Republican Leadership Fund, which is chaired by former Trump adviser Stephen Bannon and includes Bannon’s longtime friend and longtime adviser Sebastian Gorka.
Coats and Rice plan to use the satellite to target voters in the two states and in the three remaining swing states that will hold primaries in November.
Trump’s campaign, which has spent $3.5 million on satellite advertising in West Virginians, has already spent $500,000 on advertising in Alabama.
Coates and Rice said they plan to launch the satellite in two weeks and plan to send out additional advertising in the coming days, McFarlander said.
In 2016, the RNC launched a satellite campaign that focused on the Ohio governor and then-Republican presidential candidate, John Kasich.
Kasich was not part of the 2016 campaign and has not been involved with the satellite effort.
Coates and the RNC plan to make similar efforts to boost the party in the 2018 midterm elections, the campaign spokesman added.
McFarland declined to say how much Coats will be paid by the RNC or whether Coats would receive a fee for using the satellite.
McDonald said in a statement Friday that the satellite campaign is aimed at helping to win the support of people who have never been involved in politics before, and the campaign is focused on mobilizing the entire party in order to defeat Democrats in November and ensure the party retains the House in the Senate.
McDonn also said that Coats has received a lot of praise for his work, which he has said has been invaluable in helping the RNC reach voters.