Trump Backed Cheney Challenger Just Crushed a $1Million War Chest

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Since declaring her candidacy for Congress less than five months ago, Harriet Hageman, the lead Republican candidate running against Wyoming’s at-large representative Liz Cheney, reports raising more than $1 million in fundraising.

According to numbers reported today, Hageman raised $745,500 from the launch of her campaign on Sept. 9 through the end of 2021, with over a quarter of a million raised since the beginning of the year.

While running against Cheney, the Wyoming native collected $443,460 in fourth-quarter fundraising during the October-December period. The conservative lawyer, who fought for property, water, and land rights, highlighted that more than half of her campaign funds were raised within Wyoming and that she had $381,163 in cash on hand at the end of 2021.

Cheney, a long-time critic of Trump, was the most senior member of the 10 House Republicans that voted to impeach him on a charge of inciting the violence at the Capitol by conservatives and other Trump fans, with the aim of disrupting the Electoral College certification process of now-President Biden in 2020.

The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney was immediately under fire from Trump and his allies and was removed from her leadership position last May.

In addition to Cheney, only one other Republican is on the House Democrats’ special committee that is “looking into” the Capitol storming.

Continuing his quest to remove Cheney from Congress, Trump endorsed Hageman shortly after she entered the race. Trump and his allies successfully urged some, but not all, of the other anti-Cheney candidates to withdraw from the primary and form a coalition around Hageman.

“Wyoming deserves to be represented by someone who cares about Wyoming, not someone who is consumed by her own personal war with President Trump,” Hageman told reporters. “I have been to all 23 counties in Wyoming, and I know that the people are desperate for a change.”

Hageman, a 2018 gubernatorial candidate who was once Cheney’s adviser and donor to her past campaigns, challenged the congresswoman’s habit of spending more time at her Northern Virginia home than at her Wyoming residence.

“We only get one House seat, and we can’t waste it on someone from Northern Virginia who does all of Nancy Pelosi’s dirty work to distract voters from Joe Biden’s disastrous administration. I am standing for Wyoming First and America First values, which is something that Liz Cheney cannot and will not say.”

Cheney was censured by the Wyoming GOP a year ago for voting to impeach Trump, and it narrowly voted in November to allow her to continue to be a Republican. In a straw poll conducted by the state central committee a week ago, Hageman defeated Cheney 59 to 6.

Hageman’s fundraising is fueled by the support of the former president and his allies.

According to Vanity Fair, PayPal founder Peter Thiel hosted a fundraiser in Miami for Hageman.

A number of Republican donors attended the event, held at Thiel’s 10,000-square-foot Miami estate, which he purchased last year and once featured the MTV series Real World.
The report said Donald Trump Jr. attended.

During his speech, Hageman said it “was all about how the 2020 election was stolen and Cheney is a RINO,” Vanity Fair reported.

In late May, the former president will headline a rally for Hageman in Wyoming.

Trump’s attacks on Cheney, however, have fueled her fundraising, as her campaign has set record fundraising sums.

So far, Cheney has raised roughly 4.5 million dollars in the 2022 election cycle, including nearly $1.7 million in the third quarter of fundraising from July to September. At the end of September, the campaign had nearly $3.7 million in the bank. Her fourth-quarter fundraising figures are still unreported.

Cheney has received some funding from former Republican House Speakers John Boehner and Paul Ryan, as well as former President George W. Bush. The 2012 GOP nominee for president and frequent critic of Trump, Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, will host a fundraiser in March for Cheney.

Today, Cheney went after Trump again on Twitter, trying to say that he was the cause of violence on January 6th and that he’ll do it again.

Cheney stated that “Trump uses language he knows caused the Jan 6 violence; suggests he’d pardon the Jan 6 defendants, some of whom have been charged with seditious conspiracy; threatens prosecutors; and admits he was attempting to overturn the election. He’d do it all again if given the chance.”

Trump urged his followers to protest peacefully at the rally at the Ellipse prior to the march to the Capitol. The violence began well before he ended his speech and 99.9% of his supporters did not partake in it.

As for the Wyoming race, Thiel gave Hageman a maximum contribution of $5,800 in October, Politico reported.

Furthermore, he has backed two Wyoming political action committees supporting the challenger, who is still trailing Cheney in campaign funds. Politico reported that Rep. Cheney had $3.6 million in campaign funds by September 2021, weeks after Hageman announced her bid she had $245,000.

It was reported by Politico last week that Thiel supported fundraising efforts for Arizona’s Republican candidate for US Senate Blake Masters and Ohio’s Republican candidate for US Senate JD Vance.

The billionaire investor has donated $10 million each to super PACs supporting Vance and Masters. He has also introduced a plan to sell 99 NFTs of their joint book, “Zero to One.”

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