By Jason Lange
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Four candidates backed by Donald Trump are challenging Republican lawmakers who voted to impeach him or boot him out of office as they back off to raise money for their campaigns.
Trump, who resigned in January, remains a major influence within the Republican Party, which hopes to regain control of the U.S. Congress in next year’s election.
Only a handful of Republicans joined Democrats when Congress voted in favor of impeachment of Trump and then a failed vote in the Senate to remove him from office, accusing him of inciting rebels to attack the U.S. capital in January.
Trump has called Republicans who have surpassed him “unfaithful” or “defeated,” and they have faced condemnation within their party. Many have said they will retire or seek re-election.
But those who have so far faced Trump-backed candidates in the upcoming party nomination race have raised more money than their rivals, which could help tackle the Trump campaign against them.
Alaska U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, a moderate who was one of seven Republicans who voted to convict Trump in the Senate, raised $ 1.1 million between July and September, more than his Republican rival Kelly Tishibaka, 46,000 from the former state administration. . Commissioner approved by Trump.
According to a statement filed with the Federal Election Commission, Murkowski, who brought in ব্যা 2.2 million to the bank in September, raised more than 10 times as much money from the corporate-run donor committee.
Murkowski raised more than 755,000 through a joint fundraising effort with several senators approved by Trump, including Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, who voted against Trump’s conviction.
Raising more money in no way guarantees victory, but it can help candidates buy expensive television commercials and pay campaign workers.
Wyoming spokeswoman Liz Cheney, who is in dire straits to lose her seat due to her vote to impeach Trump and criticism of the former president’s voice, raised .7 1.7 million over a three-month period.
His Trump-backed rival, Attorney Harriet Hagman, entered the race in early September and raised about $ 300,000 or about $ 100,000 a week, embarrassed by the pace of Cheney’s fundraising.
Cheney, the top 10 Republican candidate in the House of Representatives who voted for impeachment of Trump, received grants from multiple Wall Street executives, including Prakash Melwani, Blackstone’s chief investment officer. Hegman received a grant from Peter Thiel, a billionaire venture capitalist.
Trump also backed Fred Upton, the U.S. envoy to Michigan, and Jaime Herrera Butler of Washington State, both of whom voted to impeach him.
Upton raised $ 293,000 between July and September, more than double the $ 116,000 raised by his Trump-approved challenger, state lawmaker Steve Carr.
Herrera Butler not only voted to impeach Trump, she submitted evidence in her Senate trial against the former president. He took 52 524,000 during this period, surpassing Trump-backed Army veteran Joe Kent, who raised 2 452,000.
Trump also backed his former White House aide, Max Miller, who challenged Ohio’s U.S. envoy Anthony Gonzalez, who said in September that he would not seek re-election. Miller’s revelations, filed Friday, show that his campaign has raised $ 695,000, much of it from contributing half a million dollars to his own campaign.
(Reporting by Jason Lange; editing by Leslie Adler)