Liz Cheney helped raise money, but Trump-friendly Republicans also raised a lot of money.


Washington-Republican Liz Cheney Exiled from House Republican leadership After voting to impeach former President Donald Trump, she gathered more for her reelection campaign in the first six months of the year than she spent on the two-year race.

Wyoming’s Cheny raised $ 1.7 million in April, May, and June, according to a report submitted to the Federal Election Commission on Thursday. That was over $ 1.5 million she raised in the first quarter, leaving over $ 2.8 million to spend on the race.

Her funding pace exceeded the $ 3 million high she spent on the entire 2020 campaign.

Chenie wasn’t the only one to raise more money in the off-year cycle.Financing figures released this week show how the two later split Republican factions split. January 6 Riot of Parliament Building Those who blamed Trump and those who downplayed the riots generated huge amounts of funding. According to experts, this is evidence of the 2022 high stakes midterm elections in which Republicans want to recapture the House of Representatives and the Senate.

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A USA TODAY survey of Republicans who voted to blame Trump and those who suspected the seriousness of the January 6 parliamentary riots found significant funding on both sides.

Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Political Center, said: All financing.

Republican Rep. Liz Cheney attended a press conference following the Republican Caucus at Capitol Hill on April 14, 2021 in Washington.

Republican Rep. Liz Cheney attended a press conference following the Republican Caucus at Capitol Hill on April 14, 2021 in Washington.

In addition to Cheney, Republican impeachment supporters such as Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger and South Carolina’s Tom Rice each raised more money than they had spent in the last two years of the house election cycle. ..

But among Trump supporters, Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene and Republican Matt Gaetz each raised about $ 1.3 million this quarter. Green failed to maintain a record pace for freshmen in the first quarter, but raised about $ 6.2 million in the first half of this year and has about $ 2.8 million on hand. Gates has raised about $ 3.7 million so far this year and has about $ 1.6 million on hand.

“The fast pace of funding is likely to reflect the polarization of voters, especially for’riot mitigators,'” said Kim Friedkin, a basic professor of political science at Arizona State University. I think. ” “For impeachment supporters, this position on Republican incumbents could make these members particularly vulnerable in the next primary, so these Republicans are probably the challengers of quality primaries. We are raising a lot of money to discourage and make sure we have enough money on hand. Competitive primaries. “

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Despite, or perhaps because of the extreme polarization of national affairs, candidates for both parties are increasing more than ever. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyThe Republican Party has announced that it has raised $ 16.5 million in the second quarter, leading efforts to vote for Chainy from third place in leadership. That’s part of the $ 43.6 million in the first half of this year.

And Trump remains a lightning rod for funding on both sides, even though it’s not on the ballot. Trump, who held a rally to challenge the results of the 2020 elections before the January 6 riots, continues to claim that the elections were fraudulent. But the legislators who voted to impeach him are not suffering from it.

Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz arrived at the Caucus on May 14, 2021 and elected to replace Liz Cheney as chairman of the House Republican Conference at the US Capitol Visit Center in Washington.  , DC

Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz arrived at the Caucus on May 14, 2021 and elected to replace Liz Cheney as chairman of the House Republican Conference at the US Capitol Visit Center in Washington. , DC

“He caused the deterioration of polarization and did everything he could to reinforce it,” said David Rohde, an emeritus professor of political science at Duke University. “That means both those who love him and those who hate him. He is a touchstone for them and their political actions.”

Polarization facilitates funding

One of the benefits of large funding is that it discourages challengers from participating in primary or general elections. Parliamentarians can also spread their big names to other candidates, or simply promote their political agenda across their districts.Green and Gates We are holding an “America First” rally We are collecting money together all over the country.

Among Trump’s supporters, Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert raised about $ 2 million in the first half of this year and has about $ 1.3 million on hand. She raised about $ 3 million and spent $ 2.6 million to win a seat in 2020.

Republican Rep. Madison Corthorn raised $ 644,670 in the second quarter, bringing it to nearly $ 1.8 million annually. However, due to heavy spending, he had $ 383,481 on hand and was in debt of $ 110,584.

“I think what you see in the Corthorn case is that politicians are very risk averse,” Rohde said. “They are raising and spending as much money as possible to prevent real unexpected cases.”

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Rep. Madison Corthorn and Republican Rep. Troy Nels on the left arrived at the Caucus on May 14, 2021 to select a replacement for Republican Rep. Liz Cheney.House Republican Conference at US Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, DC

Rep. Madison Corthorn and Republican Rep. Troy Nels on the left arrived at the Caucus on May 14, 2021 to select a replacement for Republican Rep. Liz Cheney.House Republican Conference at US Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, DC

Impeachment supporters support the opposition

Three of the ten Republicans who supported the impeachment of Trump raked in more election donations than they had ever spent in the race.

Cheney enjoyed strong recognition from his father’s former Vice President Dick Cheney, who previously held a house seat, and won more than two-thirds of the votes in the 2020 race. However, Trump has threatened to campaign against her, and several major challengers are fighting to knock her off.

“That’s the only thing she can control,” Sabbath said of funding. “She has no control over how many people are hostile to her. She has no control over Trump and his army or reduces candidate fields. Her best shot is with multiple victories. Because of that, they will try to reduce the number of candidates. There is no spill in Wyoming. “

Kinzinger raised $ 1.1 million in the second quarter and has $ 3 million on hand. The most expensive house race he has ever run was 2018, when he spent $ 2.3 million.

Rice raised $ 326,614 in the second quarter, with nearly $ 1.6 million on hand. His most expensive race was when he won the seat in 2012, spending nearly $ 1.4 million.

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Congressman Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. Talks to reporters following the House Republican Conference on May 12 at the US Capitol Visitor Center.

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Parliamentarians in safe seats can reduce funding

Despite the high turnover funding of prominent lawmakers such as Green and Chainy, other lawmakers are moving at a slower pace.

Five of the Republicans who voted to impeach Trump raised only a fraction of the amount they normally spend on campaigns.

Republican Rep. Anthony Gonzalez and Republican Rep. Jamie Herrera Butler each raised more than $ 1 million in the first half of this year. But each is accustomed to spending more than twice on a two-year campaign.

Several lawmakers who questioned the seriousness of the January 6 attack have eased it, occupying a seat that political experts say is safe for the Republican Party.

Republican Rep. Loei Gomart Blame the Justice Ministry from the house floor “Weapon the January 6th event to silence Americans who support Trump,” he said, raising $ 38,159 in the second quarter and $ 142,055 in the first half. However, after winning a seat in 2004, each campaign cost less than $ 900,000.

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Republican Rep. Andrew Clyde said a video of people walking through the National Statuary Hall on January 6 looked like this: “Regular tourist visitsRaised $ 39,514 in the second quarter and raised for $ 100,462 so far this year.

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Republican Rep. Paul Gosar called Ashli ​​Babbitt’s deadly police shooting an execution, and the FBI used riots to investigate law-abiding Americans and raised $ 64,650 in the second quarter. Said it raised to $ 202,955 in the first quarter. Half of the year.

ASU professor Fridkin said Gosar had challenged Senator Mark Kelly of Arizona or suspected rumors that Gosar might retire. His district is the state’s most Republican and has a vast area to the west of the state, making it difficult to challenge incumbents.

“Due to the distribution of the factions, Gossar actually did not have a serious Democratic challenger,” Friedkin said. “Gosar is doing so much controversial that a quality challenger will probably oppose him in the general election, but I haven’t seen any evidence so far.”

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This article was originally published in USA TODAY: Mid-term elections: Cheney, Trump Republicans take advantage of large-scale funding

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