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Hageman, Cheney’s top Trump-backed challenger, has raised more than $1.3 million in the past three months


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EXCLUSIVE: Harriet Hageman, the leading Republican candidate challenging Rep. Liz Cheney as a Wyoming House member running for re-election this year, reports that she has raised more than $1.3 million in the first quarter of fundraising. of funds from January to March.

Hageman’s haul over the past three months, which was first shared with Fox News on Thursday, brings in more than $2 million in the amount she’s raised since launching her campaign in Congress last September. And Hageman, who is backed by former President Donald Trump, says she had more than $1 million in cash in her vaults as of the end of March.

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“It is an honor to have such support and I pledge to always reflect the opinions and values ​​of the people of Wyoming when I am in Congress,” Hageman said in a statement. “This is Wyoming’s seat in the House, not an individual’s.”

Republican congressional candidate Harriet Hageman speaks with voters at an Albany County GOP breakfast in Laramie, Wyoming on January 8, 2022
(Harriet Hageman Congressional Campaign)

Cheney, who has yet to announce his first quarter numbers, raised more than $7 million in fundraising last year and entered the new year with a formidable war chest of $4.72 million. dollars in cash. Federal candidates have until April 15 to file their campaign numbers with the Federal Election Commission.

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Cheney, a longtime vocal critic of GOP Trump, was the longest-serving of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach the then-president for instigating the deadly January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol by right-wing extremists and other Trump supporters, some of whom reportedly aimed to disrupt Congress’ certification of current President Biden’s Electoral College victory in the 2020 election.

Cheney, who is the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, was immediately attacked verbally by Trump and his allies, and last May was ousted from her number three House GOP leadership position.

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Cheney, who has forcefully emphasized the importance of defending the country’s democratic process and putting country before party, is one of only two Republicans to sit on a special committee organized by House Democrats to investigate on the storming of the US Capitol.

Hageman, Cheney’s top Trump-backed challenger, has raised more than .3 million in the past three months

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.
(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Trump, stepping up his efforts to oust Cheney from Congress, endorsed Hageman as she entered the race. And the former president and his allies successfully urged some of the other anti-Cheney candidates to drop out of the primary and coalesce around Hageman.

Hageman, a Wyoming native and 2018 gubernatorial candidate, was a former Cheney supporter and adviser who donated to the three-term congresswoman’s past campaigns. Hageman, a conservative lawyer who has fought for water, land and property rights, noted that she had received more than 21,000 donations since the campaign began and that the average donation to the first quarter was 84 dollars.

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Her first quarter was boosted by three fundraisers in her name. They were a Miami fundraiser hosted by PayPal co-founder and billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel, who is an ally of Trump, a fundraiser at the former president’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., hosted by Sen. Rand Paul — where Trump made an appearance — and a fundraiser in the nation’s capital led by House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Hageman, Cheney’s top Trump-backed challenger, has raised more than .3 million in the past three months

Former President Donald Trump speaks during a rally on the grounds of the Canyon Moon Ranch festival in Florence, Arizona, southeast of Phoenix, January 15, 2022.
(ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

Cheney also got a helping hand from some top Republicans. Former President George W. Bush and former Republican House Speakers John Boehner and Paul Ryan helped raise money for Cheney’s campaign. And Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee and a vocal Republican critic of Trump, headlined a fundraiser for Cheney last month.

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Hageman’s political team noted that no non-incumbent Republican surpassed $1 million in the final quarter of last year and only five GOP incumbents crossed that threshold — McCarthy ($3.7 million ), House Minority Whip Steve Scalise ($2.6 million), Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas ($2.1 million), Cheney ($2 million) and Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio ($1.4 million).

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