Republican Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming, Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington and Fred Upton of Michigan drew condemnation from Trump for their impeachment votes during his January trial in the House. All three raised more money in the third quarter of fundraising than their Trump-approved rivals, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Friday.
And Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, one of seven Senate Republicans who voted to condemn Trump in February, raised nearly $ 1.1 million in the July-September quarter, more than double. of the $ 465,945 raised by Kelly Tshibaka, which Trump approved earlier this year. Murkowski is the only one of the seven Republicans to have voted to condemn the former president candidate for re-election in 2022.
In addition, Murkowski ended September with more than $ 3.2 million in cash reserves, more than 10 times the amount Tshibaka had left in his campaign account.
Top target, top fundraiser
In the House, Cheney, who is deputy chair of a committee investigating the January 6 riot, is one of Trump’s main targets, which has called her “hawkish” and “disloyal.” . She was ousted from her post as chair of the House GOP conference earlier this year due to her opposition to the former chair.
Despite this, Cheney dominated fundraising among the 10 House Republicans who supported Trump’s impeachment, bringing in $ 1.7 million, according to new documents. This was the second largest fundraising quarter in Cheney’s House’s career.
Her Trump-endorsed opponent, attorney Harriet Hageman, joined the race on September 9 and raised nearly $ 302,000 in the three weeks leading up to the quarterly book close, a pace of around $ 100,000 per week.
Hageman is expected to step up that pace to match Cheney’s fundraising strength – who has consistently exceeded seven digits in quarterly fundraising this year. Cheney ended September with more than $ 3.6 million in the bank versus $ 245,000 for Hageman.
The Cheney-Hageman race presents itself as a key proxy fight between Trump and the mainstream Republican establishment world that Cheney hails from and a high-profile test of Trump’s ability to purge his critics of power.
Former President George W. Bush is due to attend a fundraiser Monday in Texas for Cheney, the daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney. Utah Senator Mitt Romney, a former Republican presidential candidate, and his wife Ann were among the donors to his third quarter fundraising committees.
Other contributors to Cheney’s political operation in the quarter included several prominent Democratic donors, such as Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg, and a political action committee chaired by the former national security adviser of Trump, John Bolton, who has become a vocal critic of the former president.
Announcing the Casper Star-Tribune’s third quarter earlier this week, Cheney campaign adviser Amy Edmonds said the three-term congressman is receiving “historic levels of support because she keeps her oath to the Constitution “.
Hageman’s contributors include Maggie Scarlett, who served as Cheney’s Senate campaign co-chair in 2014; billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel, who was an early supporter of Trump’s presidential ambitions; and Lynn Friess, widow of Foster Friess, who was a major contributor to the GOP.
“We know Liz Cheney will have more money than she can spend, raised by special interests in Washington, DC and Northern Virginia, establishment politicians and Democrats who find her a useful tool Hageman said in a statement.
In Washington, Herrera Buetler raised $ 523,591, exceeding the $ 452,132 raised by Joe Kent, a U.S. military veteran approved by Trump last month.
And in Michigan, Upton raised $ 292,943 in the third quarter, exceeding the $ 115,585 raised by Steve Carra, a Michigan state lawmaker also endorsed by Trump in September.
Upton plans to retire after more than three decades in power. He said he would decide his political future based on how his seat in southwest Michigan looks after the redistribution, rather than Trump’s actions in the race.
“We will have the resources to win. I’m not worried, ”Upton told CNN in September.
Carra told CNN earlier this week that he now plans to raise more in the fourth quarter with Trump’s backing than in the third.
“Fundraising certainly resumed after its approval,” he said. “I would have raised about the same amount in Q3 as in Q2, but a lot of that would be after its approval. “
A House Republican who voted to impeach the former president, Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, announced last month that he would not be running because he faced a tough main challenge.
Max Miller, the Republican endorsed by Trump to take on Gonzalez, made more than $ 695,000 in the third quarter, including $ 500,000 in the form of a personal loan from Miller.
Trump has yet to approve the challengers of six other House Republicans who voted for his impeachment.
Chris Mathys – a pro-Trump challenger to one of those lawmakers, California Representative David Valadao – hopes that will change soon. He told CNN this week that he was “actively pursuing” a meeting with Trump to gain his support.
CNN’s Alex Rogers and David Wright contributed to this story.