But recent data from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) reveals the former president’s supposed status as the GOP kingmaker has yet to translate into a crushing wave of dollars his loyalists hope to follow his approval. .
In fact, in every run through the House and Senate that Mr. Trump has sided with a sitting incumbent who supported his impeachment, the incumbent remains comfortably ahead of his opponents when it comes to fundraising.
The most egregious example of the former president’s inability to move the fundraising needle to a large extent can be found in Wyoming, where Rep. Liz Cheney is running for a fourth term against Harriet Hageman, the one of his own former supporters.
Ms Cheney is arguably Mr Trump’s most hated Republican in the House, and her endorsement of her challenger was one of the most anticipated moves of the campaign season so far. Despite this, Ms. Hageman has raised just over $ 300,000 in donations since starting her campaign nearly two months ago; her current cash flow is eclipsed by Ms. Cheney’s massive war chest totaling over $ 3 million, a ten times greater advantage.
However, Ms. Hageman’s fundraising, while small compared to Ms. Cheney’s, will likely outperform any other primary candidate besides the MP.
The Wyoming congresswoman lost her seat as GOP conference chairperson earlier this year, but has remained one of the party’s main fundraisers in the House, which likely makes it difficult for Ms Hageman to compete on airwaves and fend off Ms. Cheney’s attacks if they come. in the run-up to the midterm elections next year.
A similar dynamic is playing out in the states of Michigan and Washington. Congressman Fred Upton doubled down on Steve Carra’s quarterly fundraiser, which was approved by Mr Trump two days before Ms Hageman. Representative Jaime Herrera-Beutler edged out Joe Kent, the Trump-backed challenger for his seat, by around $ 70,000.
Most confusing of all is the continued inaction of the former president’s money. The Save America PAC, Mr. Trump’s vessel for endorsing candidates and issuing tweet-style statements after his Twitter ban, has raised tens of millions so far this cycle, but has spent just over 3 million of dollars so far.
Holding on to that much money could indicate that the PAC is considering waiting for Mr. Trump himself to return to the national campaign stage, either by running for president in 2024 or by taking a more active role in the campaign. against his GOP enemies next year.
Mr Trump is seen as the preferred choice of a majority of Republicans for the party’s 2024 nomination, even as a number of elected officials have expressed hope he will not run.
Senator Bill Cassidy, a GOP senator who was re-elected in 2020 and therefore remains immune (for now) from the president’s wrath, said just this month that the former president was responsible for the record losses suffered by the GOP last year.
“President Trump is the first president, on the Republican side at least, to lose the House, Senate and Presidency in four years. Elections are winning, ”said Mr. Cassidy Axes.