WASHINGTON – Republicans who most urged their supporters to travel to Washington on Jan.6 to try to reverse the loss of President Donald Trump have benefited greatly in the wake of the Capitol riot, new campaign data has shown.
Senses Josh Hawley of Missouri and Ted Cruz of Texas, who led the challenges of President Joe Biden’s victory in their bedroom, each grossed more than $ 3 million in campaign donations in the three months since the attack on the Capitol.
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., Who called the rampage a “moment of 1776” and was subsequently stripped of her powers on the committee for espousing sectarian conspiracy theories and endorsing political violence, said raised $ 3.2 million – far more than Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Minority Leader, and nearly every other member of the House leadership.
A New York Times analysis of the latest Federal Election Commission revelations shows how leaders in the effort to reverse Biden’s victory capitalized on the anger of their supporters to raise huge sums of money for the campaign. Far from being punished for encouraging the protest that turned deadly, they thrived in a system that often rewards the loudest and most extreme voices, using the fury around the riot to build their political brands.
“The scandalizing machine is powerful in eliciting political contributions,” said Carlos Curbelo, a former Republican congressman from Florida.
Shortly after the storming of Capitol Hill, some big business and political action committees pledged to cut support for Republicans who had stoked the flames of anger and conspiracy that resulted in violence. But any return of financial strength from American businesses appears to have been overshadowed by a flood of cash from other neighborhoods.
Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina, a rookie who urged supporters to “lightly threaten” Republican lawmakers to get them to challenge the election results, has raised more than $ 1 million. Representative Lauren Boebert of Colorado, who like Greene likened January 6 to the American Revolution, took in nearly $ 750,000.
The monies reflect an emerging incentive structure in Washington, where the biggest provocateurs can turn their notoriety into successes from small donors who can help them gain visibility. It also illustrates the appetite of a Republican electoral base that has endorsed Trump’s claims of widespread electoral fraud and is eager to reward those who worked to undermine the outcome of a free and fair election.
Most of the dozens of companies that pledged to cut any Republican backing the overthrow of the election kept that promise, withholding donations from political action committees in the last quarter. But for the loudest voices on Capitol Hill, that didn’t matter, as a strong base of pro-Trump donors rallied behind them and more than made up for the shortfall.
“We are really seeing the emergence of small donors within the Republican Party,” said Alex Conant, a Republican strategist. “In the past, Democrats have benefited the most from small donations. We are seeing Republicans catching up quickly.”
Lawmakers have long enjoyed divisive media coverage, especially around important events that play to the emotions of a rabid or fearful electoral base. But the new deposits illustrate a growing gulf between those who raise funds through an explosive profile – often backed by large fundraising spending – and those who have focused their attention on serious political work.
While provocative freshmen like Greene, Boebert and Cawthorn took high numbers, other more conventional members of their class in competitive districts – even those praised for their fundraising prowess – were well overdue.
For example, Representatives Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa and Young Kim, R-Calif., Who both opposed electoral challenges and worked on bipartisan bills, each brought in less than $ 600,000.
Greene, Boebert, and Cawthorn raised more money than leading Republicans on the most powerful committees of Congress, such as appropriations, the budget, education and labor, foreign affairs, and homeland security.
But Trump’s polarizing nature has also helped some Republicans who criticized him for his behavior surrounding the events of January 6.
Republican Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the third House Republican, who voted to impeach Trump, took in $ 1.5 million, and Republican Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, who created an organization to ward off the Republican Party of loyalty to Trump, raised over $ 1.1 million.
“It is evident that there is a strong market for Trumpism in the Republican base,” Curbelo said. “There is also a strong market to speak the truth and support the Constitution.”