Mike Pence aims to raise $18M for possible 2024 campaign kickoff: report

Republican vice-presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence speaks during the vice-presidential debate with Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine at Longwood University in Farmville, Va., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Former Vice President Mike Pence is reportedly aiming to raise $18 million ahead of a possible presidential run.

Pence’s group Advancing American Freedom is setting up to be a launching pad for the former VP, a source familiar with the group’s activities told Axios.

Formed in April, AAF is comprised of former White House officials and other Pence allies and has spent more than $60,000 so far to promote its agenda. The source said that donors were asked to help the group reach its $18 million fundraising goal at a recent event in Jackson, Wyoming.

The money would likely go towards polling and travel expenses if Pence were to launch a bid for the White House in 2024.

Despite Trump’s dominance in the latest polls among GOP voters, multiple prominent Republicans are considered to be front-runners if Trump decides not to run.

A CNN poll released Sept. 12 found that 63% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents said they supported Donald Trump as the leader of the Party. Only 37% said they disagree.

Pence, who recently received 10% of support among likely GOP voters, alienated himself from the Trump base after refusing to back the former president’s claims that the 2020 election was stolen.

Pence has increased his number of speaking events and recently started a podcast with the conservative group Young Americans for Freedom. He’s also held fundraising events for various Republican candidates including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Virginia gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin, and Iowa Republican Rep. Randy Feenstra, according to Axios.