Outgoing GOP congressman criticizes Hawley for fundraising off Electoral College challenge

Outgoing GOP Rep. Denver RigglemanDenver RigglemanEx-Trump press secretary criticized for stirring up QAnon on Twitter House GOP lawmaker unexpectedly shakes up Senate trial 'Trump in heels' emerges as problem for GOP in Virginia MORE (Va.) tore into Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleySunday shows preview: 2024 hopefuls gather at CPAC; House passes coronavirus relief; vaccine effort continues Texas attorney general hits links with Trump before CPAC appearance The Memo: CPAC fires starting gun on 2024 MORE (R-Mo.) after Hawley sent out a fundraising email boosting his upcoming challenge to the Electoral College results. 

“Of course he’s fundraising off fantasy,” Riggleman tweeted. “Getting ready for 2024. Using disinformation and conspiracies as a baseline for fundraising. Grift. Fooling people to take their money. #QAnon and conspiracy theories are the new ‘normal’. Shameful stuff.”


The rebuke comes after Hawley, a staunch ally of President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE's, said he would object to the counting of Electoral College results during the Jan. 6 joint session of Congress.

Hawley became the first senator to join an effort by a host of Republican House members to contest the results of the election. His objection will ensure a debate in the House and Senate on the Electoral College tally.

“I cannot vote to certify the electoral college results on January 6 without raising the fact that some states, particularly Pennsylvania, failed to follow their own state election laws," Hawley said in a statement Wednesday.


"And I cannot vote to certify without pointing out the unprecedented effort of mega corporations, including Facebook and Twitter, to interfere in this election, in support of Joe BidenJoe BidenNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors Biden celebrates vaccine approval but warns 'current improvement could reverse' MORE. At the very least, Congress should investigate allegations of voter fraud and adopt measures to secure the integrity of our elections. But Congress has so far failed to act," Hawley added.

Hawley's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill regarding Riggleman's tweet.

Wednesday’s proceedings will mark just the third time Congress has had to debate an objection since 1887. Still, the objection is anticipated to only delay the inevitable, and both chambers of Congress are expected to vote down the challenge.

Republicans, especially in the Senate, have distanced themselves from President Trump’s claims that voter fraud and irregularities cost him a second term, noting a lack of evidence and a host of court battles lost across the country and at the Supreme Court by Trump's campaign legal team. Many lawmakers have said it is time for the country to move on. 

Riggleman in particular has been a vocal critic of the president since the election. The Virginia Republican lost the GOP nomination in his race in part due to backlash over his officiating of a same-sex marriage.