Mike Johnson embraces powerful McCarthy-aligned super PAC

Freshly minted Speaker Mike Johnson announced on Monday that he is “wholeheartedly” endorsing the Congressional Leadership Fund, keeping in place the existing infrastructure and team at the super PAC. And Johnson plans to invest significant time and energy raising money for the group, which is the largest spender in House campaigns.

His decision sends an important signal to Republican donors spooked by the chaos in the House that there will be continuity in one major campaign entity. The group’s president, Dan Conston, who was a top McCarthy lieutenant, will stay on for at least through the 2024 election. The new speaker joined Conston for CLF donor meetings in Las Vegas over the weekend, just days after securing the gavel, on a trip that coincided with the Republican Jewish Coalition gathering there.

“Dan Conston and the team at CLF are the best in the business,” Johnson said in a statement shared first with POLITICO. “And their successes over the past two cycles have proven just how essential CLF is to helping Republicans win.”

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