Donald Trump’s impeachment vendetta plan to help oust Republicans who voted to convict him earlier in the year may not go off track.
Four candidates backed by the former president have raised less money for their campaigns than the lawmakers they are prepared to challenge, according to disclosures filed Friday with the Federal Election Commission.
Republicans are determined to gain control of Congress in the 2022 midterm elections and after the presidency Mr. Trump remains a major influence among much of the party’s base.
Only a handful of Republicans joined Democrats in impeaching Mr Trump for inciting a violent rebellion at the US Capitol on 6 January.
A subsequent Senate vote to convict him was unsuccessful and the former president quickly turned the rounds on Republicans who went against him, calling him “disbelievers” and “losers”.
Many have since said that he will retire or not seek re-election, succumbing to the disdain of party members and supporters.
However, those who are making it out and facing Trump-backed candidates who are trying to oust him through party nomination contests are finding he has the financial edge they have so far. Has raised more money than its challengers.
Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the most prominent and outspoken critic of the former president, is seen as in great danger of losing her seat if she votes for impeachment, along with nine of her aides. However, between July and September, it raised $1.7m.
His Trump-backed rival, attorney Harriet Heijman, only entered the race in early September, raising nearly $300,000 in that month.
Ms Cheney received donations from several Wall Street executives, including Prakash Melvani, chief investment officer of Blackstone – one of the party’s traditional sources of donations. Ms Heijman received a donation from billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel.
In the Senate, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, a moderate and one of just seven Republicans who voted to convict the former president in the Senate, raised $1.1 million between July and September.
That’s more than double the $466,000 raised by his Republican challenger, Kelly Shibaka, a former state administration commissioner backed by Trump.
Ms. Murkowski ended September with $3.2 million in the bank, more than 10 times what Ms. Tshibaka collected.
FEC records show that the Alaska senator took money from corporate-run donor committees.
Ms Murkowski raised more than $75,000 through a joint fundraising effort with several senators backed by Trump, including Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who voted against convicting her and therefore the former president. were not subject to the wrath of.
Mr Trump has also backed opponents of Representative Fred Upton of Michigan and Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington State, who both voted to impeach him.
Mr Upton raised $293,000 between July and September, more than double the $116,000 raised by his Trump-backed challenger, state lawmaker Steve Cara.
Ms Herrera Beutler not only voted to impeach Mr Trump, but also presented evidence at his Senate trial. He brought in $524,000 in donations over a three-month period, surpassing Trump-backed military veteran Joe Kent, who raised $452,000.
The former president also supported Max Miller, an aide during his time in the White House. He is challenging Ohio Representative Anthony Gonzalez, but announced in September that he would not run for re-election.
Mr Miller’s disclosure form filed on Friday showed his campaign brought in a whopping $695,000 – though most of that came from contributions of half a million dollars he made to his own campaign.
Mr. Gonzalez is one of 19 members of the House not seeking re-election in the 2022 midterm. Democrat Karen Bass recently said she was dropping out of the race to be mayor of Los Angeles, and Kentucky’s John Yarmuth, who is also a Democrat, announced her retirement Tuesday.
With reporting from Reuters
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