According to the most recent Federal Election Commission reports, Republicans seeking re-election who supported former President Donald Trump’s impeachment or voted to convict him last year are surpassing their Republican opponents in the money battle.
According to the documents made public this week, the eight Republicans who voted in support of either impeachment or conviction who are up for re-election this year received more money than the candidates who are seeking to remove them from office.
Mitt Romney, other Trump critics to raise money for Liz Cheney re-election effort https://t.co/NBi9WUKw4j
— ST Foreign Desk (@STForeignDesk) January 26, 2022
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., was the highest earner, raking in more than $1.97 million over the last three months of 2021, pushing her annual earnings to almost $6 million. Harriet Hageman, Cheney’s Trump-backed opponent, who began her campaign in September, reported over $443,000 in donations in the fourth quarter, bringing her total contributions for the year to slightly north of $745,000.
The discrepancy was reflected in other racial and ethnic groups. House Republicans brought in eight times as much money as their Trump-endorsed primary opponent did in the previous quarter, while Republicans Rep. Fred Upton and Rep. Peter Meijer raised more than five times as much money as Trump-backed state Rep. Steve Carra did from October through December of last year. And in Washington state, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler outraised her Trump-backed opponent, Joe Kent, raising almost $422,000 compared to his approximately $297,000 over the same time period as the president.
RINOs Unite: Mitt Romney Helping Liz Cheney Raise Money https://t.co/HM2N9uhTaG
— Patriot #AmericaFirst (@keichri) January 28, 2022
On the Senate side, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, more than quadrupled Kelly Tshibaka’s fundraising totals in the most recent quarter, according to campaign finance reports. Tshibaka, who is favored by Trump, raised approximately $1.82 million last year, a far cry from Murkowski’s $5.4 million haul of the previous year.
The pattern was also evident in contests in which Trump had not backed a primary opponent or had just recently given his endorsement to a competitor. Republicans Reps. Dan Newhouse of Washington and David Valadao of California are surpassing their opponents in the fundraising race, while Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina barely defeated state Rep. Russell Fry, who was backed by Trump on Tuesday.
No love for Cheney, but this Republican obsession with Trump is truly vile.https://t.co/KtGkmZi9zO
— Adam B. Bear (@democraticbear) January 26, 2022
Taking down pro-impeachment Republicans in Congress will not be a stroll in the park for Trump’s favorite candidates, according to the funding totals.
Some supporters of impeachment, on the other hand, have determined that standing for re-election is either not worthwhile or may prove ineffective in this case. Three Republican impeachment proponents in the House of Representatives have announced their retirements, including Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, and John Katko of New York.
The revelation that Katko would not seek re-election at the conclusion of his current term was welcomed by President Donald Trump, who stated in a statement last month that it was “great news.”
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