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Former President Donald Trump’s repeated attacks as he tries to oust Representative Liz Cheney from Congress continue to fuel massive fundraising by the Republican lawmaker in Wyoming.
Cheney — the most high-profile of 10 House Republicans who voted 15 months ago to impeach Trump for allegedly instigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol — reported on Monday to have made $2.94 million in during the first quarter of January to March as she runs for office this year.
The three-term Conservative congresswoman who represents the Wyoming district headquarters also said she had $6.8 million in cash in her campaign coffers as of the end of March. Cheney raised $1.5 million, $1.9 million, $1.7 million and just over $2 million in the four fundraising quarters of 2021. The new fundraising numbers from Cheney’s funds were first reported by Politico and confirmed by Fox News.
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Cheney released her fundraising numbers days after Harriet Hageman, the leading Republican candidate challenging Cheney, announced that she had raised approximately more than $1.3 million in the past three months, according to shared numbers. first with Fox News. Hageman, who is backed by Trump, also brought in just over $1 million in cash.
Cheney, a longtime vocal critic of GOP Trump, was the longest serving of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach the then-president for inciting the deadly attack on the US Capitol by right-wing extremists and other Trump supporters who aimed to disrupt Congress’ certification of current President Biden’s Electoral College victory in the 2020 election.
Cheney, a conservative lawmaker and defense hawk who is the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, was immediately attacked verbally by Trump and his allies, and last May was ousted from her number-one leadership position. three from the House GOP.
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Cheney, who has forcefully emphasized the importance of defending the country’s democratic process and putting country before party, is one of only two Republicans to sit on a special committee organized by House Democrats to investigate on the storming of the US Capitol.
Trump, stepping up his efforts to oust Cheney from Congress, endorsed Hageman as she entered the race. And the former president and his allies successfully urged some, but not all, of the other anti-Cheney candidates to drop out of the primary and coalesce around Hageman. The highest profile of those remaining in the race is State Senator Anthony Bouchard, a staunch supporter of the former president.
In February, the Republican National Committee censured Cheney for his role on the January 6 committee. Defending herself, the MP said at the time: “I am a constitutional conservative and I do not recognize those in my party who have abandoned the Constitution to embrace Donald Trump.”
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Cheney paused last month when the Wyoming legislature decided not to scrap same-day party registration in the primaries, which would have prevented Democrats from crossing party lines and registering as Republicans to vote for Cheney in the August 16 state primary. The decision by the Wyoming legislature was seen as a defeat for Trump and his allies, who pushed to end party registration the same day.
Cheney’s first-quarter haul was boosted by a lucrative fundraiser on his behalf headlined last month by Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee and a Republican critic of Trump.
Former President George W. Bush and former Republican House Speakers John Boehner and Paul Ryan also helped raise money for Cheney’s campaign.
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Hageman’s transportation in the first quarter was boosted by three high-profile fundraisers on his behalf. It was a Miami fundraiser hosted by PayPal co-founder and billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel, who is a Trump ally; a fundraiser at the former president’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, hosted by Senator Rand Paul, where Trump made an appearance; and a fundraiser in the nation’s capital led by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.
McCarthy is one of dozens of House Republicans who support Hageman in his efforts to oust Cheney.
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