Scott Walker creates new PAC ahead of 2016
(CNN) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker waded closer to a presidential run Tuesday with the creation of a new political committee that will help him travel and raise money as he prepares for a potential White House bid.
Papers for the PAC, \"Our American Revival,\" were filed for the 527 organization, and a website is expected to go live Tuesday, two Republican sources with knowledge confirmed. The Washington Post first reported the story.
The PAC, which has been in the works for weeks as CNN previously reported, comes as Walker has ramped up his efforts to show interest in a presidential bid, hiring key staff and delivering speeches before Republican audiences.
On Saturday Walker gave a robust performance at a major conservative gathering in Iowa that featured a string of potential presidential contenders. He boasted his conservative credentials and record of taking on public unions during the heated battle over collective bargaining rights in his first term, a move that rocketed him to GOP fame.
He successfully survived a recall in 2012, the first governor in U.S. history to do so.
\"We knew if you're willing to go big and go bold, the voters will stand up with you, we've learned it before,\" Walker said Saturday, arguing that his efforts helped him win election three times in four years.
Walker recently hired David Polyansky, a veteran strategist who helped former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee secure a longshot victory in the 2008 Iowa GOP caucuses. He's also served as the deputy campaign manager for former Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who won the 2011 Iowa straw poll. He's also hired Rick Wiley, a former Republican National Committee political director.
Chris Christie, another governor interested in a presidential run, launched his PAC on Monday.