“As we moved to presidential primary season, it became apparent that our base of volunteers was split between the Trump campaign and the Cruz campaign,” McDaniel said.
The initiative’s sponsor was Keith Plunkett of Flora, a political consultant who has worked with McDaniel. Plunkett estimated Monday that volunteers collected 30,000 to 40,000 signatures.
“We deal with folks who are just everyday working-class folks,” Plunkett told AP in a separate interview. “Their volunteer time got focused on presidential politics.”
United Conservatives Fund reported that it raised $35,455 and spent $39,760 this year, which included some money carried over from previous years. Among the expenses listed on the June report were $750 to rent a party venue in northeast Jackson and $1,537 for catering from Char, an upscale restaurant. Plunkett said those expenses were for an event the night before the state Republican convention.
“It was an opportunity for us to sit everybody down and have a meeting,” Plunkett said.