Michael Avenatti might be facing a lengthy prison sentence if he’s ultimately convicted of trying to extort millions of dollars, but that apparently isn’t stopping him from throwing his hat into the ring for the 2020 nomination.
CNBC reports that Avenatti is considering a run for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president after he declared last year that he wouldn’t be running following a string of scandals.
Avenatti, who infamously represented porn star Stormy Daniels in her case against President Trump and his former fixer Michael Cohen, is already raising money for his campaign.
Before suspending his campaign, Avenatti was raising money through his own political action committee, The Fight PAC. Data collected by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics shows that the committee spent $25,000 on Break Something LLC, a major Democratic consulting firm.
The PAC spent $13,000 on plane flights and more than $5,000 on hotels. The PAC is still active, and has raised over $20,000 so far this cycle, according to its latest FEC filing. It currently has $3,540 on hand.
After watching the first two Democratic debates, Avenatti said he doesn’t think the Democrats have the fighter that can take on Trump during the general election.
“Never say never,” Avenatti said when asked about his plans for the race. “The Dems need a non-traditional fighter. They have a lot of talent but not a lot of fighters.”
He later noted that the odds of him getting into the race are at 50/50 and he could make his decision in a few months.
“I don’t think I need to make a final decision for a number of months. I have the name ID and everyone knows I’m one of the few effective fighters that the Dems have,” he said.
Avenatti released a statement on his twitter feed.
Please see my statement below regarding 2020. pic.twitter.com/ztCfZUY6hA
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) December 4, 2018