Republicans who voted earlier this year to impeach former President TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE are outpacing their primary challengers in the money race.
Now the 10 House Republicans who broke party lines in the chamber’s January impeachment vote are heading into the second half of 2021 flush with cash, financial reports filed on Thursday with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) show.
Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Government shutdown fears increase as leaders dig in Trump, allies launch onslaught as midterms kick into gear The Memo: Never Trumpers sink into gloom as Gonzalez bows out MORE (Wyo.), who was ousted from her post as the No. 3 House Republican in May, raked in the most cash of the group in the second quarter of the year, raising nearly $1.9 million and closing out June with more than $2.8 million in the bank.
Another pro-impeachment Republican, Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerThe Memo: Never Trumpers sink into gloom as Gonzalez bows out Kinzinger says Trump 'winning' because many Republicans 'have remained silent' 'Justice for J6' rally puts GOP in awkward spot MORE (Ill.), brought in more than $800,000 for his 2022 reelection bid in the same time frame. He began the second half of the year with more than $3 million in cash on hand.
Cheney and Kinzinger have emerged as two of the most vocal Trump critics in the House Republican Conference since the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol that preceded the former president’s second impeachment. That criticism has earned each of them a set of primary challengers, many of whom are hoping to capitalize on Trump’s remaining influence within the GOP to win their party’s nomination next year.
But so far, none have managed to out-raise Cheney or Kinzinger.
In Wyoming, state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, one of the Republicans challenging Cheney, raised $213,000 in the second quarter of the year, according to his Thursday filing. Another one of her primary opponents, state Rep. Chuck Gray, raised about $220,000.
Likewise, Kinzinger out-raised each of his primary challengers.
In districts across the country, the trend was the same. Rep. David ValadaoDavid Goncalves ValadaoEmboldened Trump takes aim at GOP foes McCarthy-allied fundraising group helps Republicans who voted to impeach Trump Pro-impeachment Republicans outpace GOP rivals in second-quarter fundraising MORE (R-Calif.), who also voted to impeach Trump, pulled in some $350,000 more than his main primary opponent, Chris Mathys.
In Michigan’s 6th Congressional District, Rep. Fred UptonFrederick (Fred) Stephen UptonKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because many Republicans 'have remained silent' Emboldened Trump takes aim at GOP foes McCarthy-allied fundraising group helps Republicans who voted to impeach Trump MORE (R-Mich.) raised about $242,000 in the second quarter, more than twice as much as his closest rival, Steve Carra, who reported raising about $108,000.
And in Ohio’s 16th Congressional District, another pro-impeachment Republican, Rep. Anthony GonzalezAnthony GonzalezThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats return to disappointment on immigration Trump, allies launch onslaught as midterms kick into gear Of partisan fights and follies, or why Democrats should follow Manchin, not Sanders MORE (Ohio), outpaced his Trump-endorsed primary opponent, Max Miller, in the money race, raising $602,000 to Miller’s $443,000.
Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiTrump, allies launch onslaught as midterms kick into gear Emboldened Trump takes aim at GOP foes The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - DC prepares for Saturday of festivals & Jan. 6 demonstration MORE (R-Alaska), the only one of the seven GOP senators who voted for impeachment to face reelection next year, pulled in nearly $1.15 million over the past three months. Her Trump-backed primary challenger, Kelly Tshibaka, raised just over $544,000, less than half as much as Murkowski.
On the House side, only one GOP incumbent who voted to impeach Trump was bested in second-quarter fundraising by a primary opponent: Rep. Tom RiceHugh (Tom) Thompson RiceLIVE COVERAGE: Tax hikes take center stage in Ways and Means markup Republicans hit Biden over Afghanistan, with eye on midterms Biden says deadly attack won't alter US evacuation mission in Afghanistan MORE (R-S.C.). Rice raised about $326,000 in the three-month period, while one of his challengers, conservative media personality Graham Allen, reported raising just over half a million dollars.
To be sure, fundraising isn’t always a good measure of a candidates’ odds of winning, and the Republicans who voted to impeach Trump are still likely to face uphill battles next year. The former president, who remains deeply influential among the GOP voter base, has already vowed to campaign against Republicans who have broken with him.
But even in races without a pro-impeachment GOP incumbent, Trump’s endorsement didn’t necessarily equate to fundraising supremacy.
Rep. Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksWatchdog group seeks ethics probe over McCarthy's Jan. 6 comments Jan. 6 panel seeks records of those involved in 'Stop the Steal' rally Jan. 6 panel to ask for preservation of phone records of GOP lawmakers who participated in Trump rally: report MORE (R-Ala.), Trump’s choice to replace retiring Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyMcConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling Louisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid McConnell privately urged GOP senators to oppose debt ceiling hike MORE (R-Ala.) in Alabama, was out-raised by Shelby’s preferred candidate, Katie Britt, by $1.4 million, FEC filings show. The same is true in North Carolina, where former Gov. Pat McCrory raked in nearly $300,000 more than Rep. Ted BuddTheodore (Ted) Paul BuddOn The Money — Yellen sounds alarm on national default GOP lawmakers urge Cardona against executive student loan wipeout The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden to reboot COVID-19 plan MORE in the state’s GOP Senate primary. Trump endorsed Budd in early June.