The split in the Republican Party is not going to go away anytime soon, if the fundraising figures are to be believed.
Anti-Trump MP Liz Cheney (R-WY), who was recently dismissed as GOP conference chair for her aggressive, repeated attacks on the party leader, raised significantly more money than her successor, Elise Stefanik (R-NY).
In the second quarter of the year alone, Cheney broke fundraising records for the second time.
This is significant because it is also the time Cheney was ousted as GOP conference chair, the senior Republican member of Congress.
She has always been an outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump.
Overlooked: Liz Cheney ($ 1.88 million) clearly outperformed Elise Stefanik ($ 1.5 million) in the new fundraising quarter. https://t.co/42AtL6JTEW
– Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) July 13, 2021
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History of numbers
In the second quarter of 2021, which runs from April to June, Cheney raised around $ 1.88 million. She raised $ 1.5 million during the first quarter, which also broke a record.
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For the same period in the second quarter, Stefanik raised $ 1.467 million. The difference is around $ 400,000.
The Hill reports that the Cheney campaign has $ 2.85 million, almost double what it did in the first quarter. Her grand total for the year so far is about $ 3.5 million, up from the $ 3 million she received for her successful 2020 re-election offer.
Cheney will likely need it as she has attracted a number of key Republican challengers for her vote to impeach President Trump.
The Stefanik campaign reported that they had $ 2.1 million in cash.
At some point, Liz Cheney and her staff came up with the idea that if they repeatedly blame Trump supporters for all country problems, you somehow want to vote for them. You may want to rethink this strategy.
– Kevin Booker (@ Kevinbooker99) July 12, 2021
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Cheney and Stefanik
Liz Cheney's anger began shortly after the January 6 riots when she blamed former President Donald Trump directly.
At the time, she called it "the most egregious violation of a presidential oath in our history." She was then one of only 10 House Republicans to vote to indict Trump over his role in the Capitol violence.
In addition to coming under fire from Trump and his supporters, Cheney also ran into trouble at home.
Almost immediately after her impeachment vote, she had a main challenger in 2022. Since then, others in Wyoming have jumped into the running to drop her off.
Cheney isn't the only member of the house to have a major challenger. Of the 10 who voted for impeachment, nine of them have major challengers in 2022.
Republicans first attempted to remove Cheney from her position as conference chair in February, but she managed to stay in office. She was removed from the position of conference chair on the second attempt in May.
Elise Stefanik is a fourth Congresswoman from New York State. She is young and has described herself as the opposite of far left Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Stefan's district has shifted more to the right since Donald Trump was elected, and she has become an ally of Trump. Trump hosted a fundraiser for Stefanik in June that raised $ 250,000.
Elise Stefanik's campaign announced today that the congresswoman raised nearly $ 1.5 million in the second quarter of 2021. https://t.co/BWSVfVrTg9
– 7News (@ 7NewsWatertown) July 13, 2021
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GOP feels good about 2022
The National Republican Congressional Committee is expected to raise $ 79.2 million in the first half of 2021.
The NRCC reports that it has $ 55 million in cash on hand, compared to $ 44 million for the DCCC.
Speaking of cash-raising, NRCC Chairman Tom Emmer said, "We will recapture the majority next fall and voters are doing everything possible to help us achieve this goal," said NRCC Chairman Tom Emmer in a statement. "Any democrat at risk in the House should keep an eye on the outcomes because if they choose to run, they will lose."
The fundraising in the 2nd quarter makes the GOP look good in 2022 https://t.co/7ZI8J5zDaw @TwitchyTeam
– All American Girl (@AIIAmericanGirI) July 14, 2021
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