According to a Monday report, Wyoming Republican Representative Liz Cheney set a personal fundraising record of $2.94 million for the first quarter of 2022.
politician reported that Cheney’s campaign will soon announce that it has raised $2.94 million in the first quarter of 2022, which will bring its total to more than $10 million. The outlet also said the rep currently has $6.8 million in cash and has four months left until the August 16 primary.
The substantial amount raised by her campaign gives the Congresswoman a financial advantage over her opponents in the upcoming GOP primary race for her seat. News of his fundraising figures comes as former President Donald Trump’s strategy to unite his supporters behind a challenge to defeat Cheney is under threat.
Cheney was the highest-ranking Republican to vote to impeach Trump in January 2021, over allegations that he played a role in instigating a riot on the US Capitol. She has also publicly contested her unsubstantiated claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from her, and drew more anger from her supporters by accepting the position of deputy speaker on the House select committee investigating the Capitol riots.
“The easiest way to defeat Deployable Liz Cheney is to just have a Conservative candidate run and win!” Trump said in a statement issued on July 30, 2021.
However, Cheney’s campaign war chest and the fact that several other GOP candidates are vying for the nomination—besides the one supported by Trump—could aid Cheney’s path to reelection.
Trump backed attorney Harriet Hejman in the race to remove Cheney last September. In that announcement, the former president called Cheney an “unfaithful Republican” and “Democrats’ number one provider of sound bites.”
So far, Heijman is losing the money race. According to Politico, Cheney’s first-quarter aggregate figure is more than twice that of Hejman’s campaign in the previous quarter. Meanwhile, Hejman may also not have as much grip on Trump’s base as his support would typically deliver.
For one, many outlets have picked up on previous statements Hejman made about Trump in 2016. the new York Times He pointed out that not only did he oppose his party in nominating Trump as its presidential candidate at the 2016 Republican National Convention, but he also referred to him as “racist” and “xenophobic.”
Besides Heijman, there are at least three other Republican candidates, including State Senator Anthony Bouchard, a longtime Trump loyalist. Politico speculated that Bouchard could pull MAGA voters away from Hejman, but that a recent incident from his past may cost him some support. Casper Star-Tribune It was reported in December that Bouchard had admitted to having impregnated a 14-year-old girl when she was 18. Bouchard legally married the girl in Florida, though they reportedly divorced three years later.
Cheney has faced repercussions within his party for his stance against Trump. Last May, he was removed from his leadership position among House Republicans after party members removed him as convention speaker. Later, in November, the Wyoming Republican Party voted not to recognize Cheney as a member of the party.
Nevertheless, his disobedience resulted in increased out-of-state contributions to his campaign. Open Secrets, which tracks money in US politics, reported on March 24 that most of Chaney’s campaign donations came from outside Wyoming. In 2021, she raised nearly $7 million with $202,980 coming from Wyoming, which ranked seventh on the list of states in terms of her donations. With more than $556,430 in donations, Texas tops the list for Cheney, followed by California’s $541,880.
newsweek Reached out to Cheney and Trump for comment.