Trump-Backed Bets Beaten In Fundraising By GOP Moderates
Four candidates backed by Donald Trump to challenge Republican lawmakers who voted to impeach him or boot him from office are falling behind in raising money for their campaigns, according to disclosures filed on Friday, Jason Lange reported for Reuters.
Photo Insert: Social media campaign ad of Kelly Tshibaka, who is challenging incumbent Lisa Murkowski for the senate seat of Alaska
Trump, who left office in January, remains a major influence within the Republican party, which hopes to regain control of the US Congress in next year's elections.
Only a handful of Republicans joined Democrats when Congress voted to impeach Trump and then held an unsuccessful vote in the Senate to remove him from office, on a charge he incited insurrectionists to attack the US Capitol on Jan. 6.
Those who are facing Trump-backed candidates in upcoming party nomination contests so far have raised more money than their challengers, which might help them counter Trump's campaign against them.
US Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, 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 twice the $466,000 raised by her Republican challenger Kelly Tshibaka, a former state administration commissioner endorsed by Trump.
Murkowski - who ended September with $3.2 million in the bank, more than 10 times what Tshibaka had. Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming raised $1.7 million during the three-month period but her rival, lawyer Harriet Hageman, entered the race in early September and raised about $300,000.
Trump has also endorsed opponents to US Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan and Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington state, who both voted to impeach him. Upton raised $293,000 between July and September, more than twice the $116,000 raised by his Trump-endorsed challenger, state lawmaker Steve Carra.
Herrera Beutler not only voted to impeach Trump, but she also submitted evidence in his Senate trial against the former president. She took in $524,000 during the period, outraising Trump-backed Army veteran Joe Kent, who raised $452,000.