Former Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceBiden, Trump tied in potential 2024 match-up: poll Nearly 80 percent of Republicans want to see Trump run in 2024: poll Why is Trump undermining his administration's historic China policies? MORE reportedly held a summit last week with high-ranking Republicans, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyTrump calls Liz Cheney a 'smug fool' Republican holds 11-point lead in Ohio race to replace Stivers: poll Cheney presses Republicans to back Bannon contempt vote MORE (Calif.) and Arizona Gov. Doug DuceyDoug DuceyArizona launches M program to help families pay utility bills GOP governors traveling to border to unveil new security initiative Treasury says Arizona can't use federal COVID-19 aid for anti-mask education grants MORE, as the former Indiana governor mulls a potential bid for the White House in 2024.
Politico reported on Tuesday that Pence hosted a donor retreat in Jackson Hole, Wyo., late last week for his newly established nonprofit group, Advancing American Freedom. The meeting was reportedly the first of its kind for Pence since he departed the White House in January.
The gathering was invite-only, and attendees were asked to donate sums of money in the six- and seven-figure range, Politico reported, citing a person familiar with the matter.
The retreat, which lasted two days, featured activities such as shooting and horseback riding with Pence, and a nature walk accompanied by former second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceMcCarthy, Ducey speak at Pence fundraiser: report Jill Biden takes starring role at difficult Olympics Pence refused to leave Capitol during riot: book MORE.
A similar event is reportedly in the works for next year, according to Politico.
Former National Economic Council Director Larry KudlowLarry KudlowMORE; Paul Teller, who previously served as director of strategic initiatives for the vice president; Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne ConwayEthics watchdog accuses Psaki of violating Hatch Act Biden administration competency doubts increase Cook Political Report shifts Virginia governor's race to 'toss-up' MORE; and former Pence chief of staff Mark Short were also reportedly in attendance, in addition to several other former top Trump administration officials.
Pence formed the advocacy organization this spring as a place to advertise his record as he looks toward a possible bid for the presidency. Advancing American Freedom is a nonprofit organization, which means it is not required to disclose its donors or fundraising totals, Politico noted.
The former vice president also has a separate leadership PAC, the Great America Committee, which is said to have raised $325,000 in the first six months of the year, according to federal filings cited by Politico.
While the 2024 presidential election is more than three years away, some Republican lawmakers are already jockeying to elevate themselves on the national stage in an effort to attract support should former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new social media network called 'TRUTH Social' Virginia State Police investigating death threat against McAuliffe Meadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report MORE ultimately decide to sit on the sidelines in the next contest.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisBiden, Trump tied in potential 2024 match-up: poll Nearly 80 percent of Republicans want to see Trump run in 2024: poll Miami private school orders vaccinated students to stay at home for 30 days as 'precautionary measure' MORE (R) and Sens. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottTim Scott takes in .3 million in third quarter Nikki Haley gets lifetime post on Clemson Board of Trustees First senator formally endorses Bass in LA mayoral bid MORE (R-S.C.) and Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - House debt vote today; Biden struggles to unite Arkansas legislature splits Little Rock in move that guarantees GOP seats The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate nears surprise deal on short-term debt ceiling hike MORE (R-Ark.) are among those who have been reaching out to donors the most, Politico noted.
Trump and DeSantis topped the straw poll for the 2024 GOP presidential nominee taken at last month’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference.
Pence has been in a particularly precarious situation in the Republican Party since leaving office, after he defied Trump’s wishes and fulfilled his role as vice president overseeing the official Electoral College count of the 2020 presidential election by Congress. That was the same day a pro-Trump mob, some of them chanting “hang Mike Pence,” descended onto the Capitol in an effort to disrupt the process.
The Hill reached out to a Pence spokesperson for comment.