With control of the closely divided House and Senate at stake in the 2022 midterm elections, fundraising in the 2021 off-year is already broadcasting intense and expensive campaigns that will consume next year.
Fundraising totals don’t give a complete picture of the state of a campaign or organization, or how things stand in a given race, but they do start to paint a picture of which side has an edge or who is slacking.
Here are three winners and two losers in the April through June second-quarter 2021 fundraising period:
WINNER: Rep. Liz Cheney
Despite being booted from her No. 3 House leadership position, in part over vocal criticism of former President Donald Trump, and facing at least seven primary challengers eager to unseat her next year, the Wyoming representative brought in $1.88 million in the period, multiples of all her primary challengers combined.
That brings her 2021 total to $3.5 million, already flying past the $3 million she raised in the entire 2020 cycle. With more than $2.8 million in cash-on-hand, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney signals strength as the face of the anti-Trump contingent within the Republican Party.
LOSER: Some pro-impeachment Republicans
Despite Cheney’s success, most of the other 10 Republican House members who voted to impeach Trump could not keep pace or increase their fundraising from the first quarter to the second quarter.
NJ Hotline reporter Kirk Bado noted that some of those members saw steep drop-offs in the amount raised in the second period compared to the first period, particularly Michigan Rep. Pete Meijer and Washington Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler. That might reflect donors being less willing to give to those who went against Trump, but it might just be an indication that those members make fundraising a lower priority.
One representative facing a Trump-supported primary challenge, Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, kept about the same pace from the first quarter to the second quarter.
WINNER: Sen. Tim Scott
The South Carolina Republican senator raised more than any other senator up for reelection in 2022: $9.6 million.
What makes the haul even more notable is that the race is not expected to be competitive or targeted by Democrats, prompting speculation that Scott is building a war chest for a 2024 presidential run.
Scott gave a much-praised Republican response to President Joe Biden’s joint address to Congress this year, which was subsequently featured in a Republican National Committee seven-figure TV ad.
LOSER: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
While Democrats’ House campaign arm is posting respectable fundraising numbers, comparisons to its Republican counterpart show that it is losing its long-held edge in the fundraising game.
The DCCC raised $36.5 million in the second quarter. The National Republican Congressional Committee, on the other hand, broke its off-year second-quarter fundraising record and brought in $45.4 million.
The numbers suggest that the DCCC is losing ground. In the first quarter, the DCCC narrowly outraised the NRCC, $34.1 million to $33.7 million.
The DCCC outraised the NRCC by $40 million in the last off-year period. Six months into 2021, they’re behind by $8.5 million.
WINNER: Sen. Raphael Warnock
When it comes to competitive 2022 Senate races, Warnock, a Georgia Democrat, is the incumbent senator who raised the most over the three-month period at nearly $7.2 million. He has $10.5 million in his war chest.
Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly of Arizona, who will also face a competitive race next year after winning his seat in a 2020 special election, also posted a large second-quarter haul at $6 million.
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Original Author: Emily Brooks
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