Millions Spent to Lose?

( – As Nikki Haley’s painful loss of the GOP presidential primary in her home state of South Carolina to Donald Trump is likely to shape up the remainder of the race, a report has revealed that different organizations – including liberal dark-money funds – squandered millions in her favor.

Political action committees and advocacy groups that championed Nikki Haley’s run for president invested heavily in her campaign, especially in South Carolina – yet she still lost her home state to Trump by 20 points, The Daily Caller reveals in a report based on data from the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

The pro-Haley SFA Fund, alongside the Koch-supported Americans for Prosperity Action and the liberal, dark money-funded Defending Democracy Together, collectively injected more than $8 million into South Carolina to promote Haley’s candidacy from March 2023 until the February primary.

In stark contrast, Donald Trump’s supporters allocated approximately $370,000 to enhance the former president’s campaign in South Carolina within the same election cycle.

Even though Haley received substantially more financial backing from these outside groups than Trump, she suffered a defeat in her own state by 20.3 points, with over 95% of votes tallied, as reported by The New York Times.

Defending Democracy Together, which allocated around $33,000 for YouTube advertisements aimed at bolstering Haley’s campaign in South Carolina, was co-founded by Bill Kristol, a notable former Republican.

This group has been funded with over $10 million by the Sixteen Thirty Fund, a leading organization aligned with Democrat causes and known for using dark money.

The individual who directed Haley’s campaign in New Hampshire previously lobbied for the Sixteen Thirty Fund in 2022, according to the Washington Examiner.

Furthermore, the SFA Fund, the main super PAC supporting Haley, received a $250,000 contribution from Reid Hoffman, a Democrat megadonor.

The pro-Haley factions deployed resources for door-to-door canvassing, advertisements, mailings, flyers, and voter engagement initiatives, all aimed at enhancing her chances in South Carolina, as shown in FEC records.

Despite the substantial financial support from her advocates, Haley has not secured a win in any state thus far.

In the lead-up to the New Hampshire primary, Haley benefited from more than double the external support compared to Trump, only to lose the state by over ten points.

Additionally, Haley’s campaign in Iowa resulted in a third-place finish, costing approximately $442 per vote, as per Newsweek.

In the Nevada primary, Haley was outperformed by “none of these candidates,” as Trump did not appear on Nevada’s primary ballot since he participated in the state’s caucus, which is the process that actually determines delegate allocation.