No more than a day after Gov. Chris Christie formed his own leadership PAC, ostensibly geared toward raising money and underwriting activities ahead of a presidential campaign, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker this morning established his own committee in preparation of 2016.
Walker filed papers to set up the committee, called “Our American Revival,” and a new Web site for the organization was scheduled to go live later Tuesday, according to the Washington Post.
However, unlike Christie’s “Leadership Matters for America” group, Walker’s committee is not a political action committee but instead a “527”, labeled for the portion of the federal tax code that provides for its tax exempt status.
Experts say the formation of such committees by candidates like Christie and Walker represents the first formal step toward a presidential candidacy in 2016. The news comes after both appeared over the weekend at Iowa Rep’s Steve Kings annual “Iowa Freedom Summit,” which featured a host of prospective candidates for the Republican nomination trying to curry favor with the party’s conservative base.