Government

Kasich Forms ‘New Day for America’ 527 Group

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Gov. John Kasich, in perhaps his clearest indication he is serious about a second run for the White House, Monday announced the formation of a political fundraising group, A New Day for America.

The director of the tax exempt organization is former New Hampshire Sen. John E. Sununu.

Last week Kasich visited New Hampshire, the site of the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, where he urged Republicans not to “commit too soon” on a candidate. During an appearance Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press, he said he was awaiting a signal from God before deciding whether to enter the race, though he has been active on the trail as he awaits that sign.

According to the Washington Post, serving as advisers to the political group are “Jo Ann Davidson, the former speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives and current Ohio RNC committeewoman, Phil Geier, former chairman and CEO of the Interpublic Group of Companies, and Bruce Soll, senior vice president and counsel of L Brands.”

Kasich, who briefly explored a bid for the 2000 Republican presidential nomination, said in an email Monday afternoon, that he formed the group, legally organized as as a 527, “to start talking about how we can come together as Americans to make this great idea called America work better for us all.”

There are no restrictions on who may contribute to 527s, or upper limits on those contributions or spending limits. However, they must register with the Internal Revenue Service, publicly disclose donors and file reports on contributions and spending.

A website affiliated with A New Day for America features Kasich’s biography, feedback section, opportunities to donate and links to share on social media.

“It’s time for a New Day for America. It’s time to put aside the petty differences that divide us and rediscover the values we all share,” Kasich said

“When we remember our shared values, we can come together and do what we all know needs to be done: balance our nation’s budget, create jobs by cutting taxes and reforming our tax code, help our fellow Americans who live in the shadows move up and lead self-sufficient lives, finally get smart about making health care affordable and help make the world a safer place by spreading freedom and prosperity,” he continued.

Pictured: Gov. John R. Kasich speaks to Republicans in New Hampshire.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.