The memo reveals that the PAC, named "Independents Moving the Needle," is being launched by Frank Laukien, a billionaire New Hampshire resident and CEO of Bruker Corporation, his spouse Tamra, Zus Health CEO Jonathan Bush, PinkDx CEO Bonnie Anderson, and Nixon Peabody partner Robert Fisher. The group, through the "Independents for Nikki" initiative, is contending that former President Donald Trump should not be the automatic Republican nominee and posits that Haley is the party's most promising contender to defeat him in 2024.
The memo states, "We all believe that Nikki Haley is an outstanding leader. She has by far the best electability of any Republican presidential candidate in 2024. We are convinced that our efforts will not be futile, as some may fear, and that Donald Trump does not inevitably have to be the Republican candidate – not at all."
This initiative is particularly noteworthy in New Hampshire, the first primary state, which permits independents to vote for either of the major political parties. According to a compilation of surveys by FiveThirtyEight, Haley has experienced a surge in the polls in New Hampshire, trailing only Trump with approximately 19% support.
Laukien, an independent voter, has previously endorsed a diverse range of candidates and has extended his support to South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, conservative businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and centrist organization No Labels in this cycle, as reported by WMUR 9, the first to report the memo. Bush, a cousin of former President George W. Bush, voted for President Joe Biden in 2020 and libertarian Gary Johnson in 2016, and hosted a fundraiser for Haley in early November.
The group characterizes Haley as a "forward-thinking, next-generation leader" with the best policies on curbing inflation, supporting allies overseas, individual and educational freedom, immigration, and limited federal government, as per the memo. "We believe Nikki can out-perform and gain further momentum in New Hampshire," the memo reads. "We look forward to assisting Nikki later in South Carolina, and in selected Super Tuesday states with open primaries thereafter."
The formation of this super PAC follows recent interest in Haley from Wall Street executives, including JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon and BlackRock CEO Lary Fink. On Tuesday, Americans for Prosperity Action, associated with the Koch network, announced its support for Haley's presidential bid.