Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-WY) days in Congress may be numbered if the fundraising performance of her primary challenger is anything to go by.
Harriet Hageman already has President Donald Trump’s strong endorsement and the challenger is outpacing Cheney in donations.
Hageman has also been crushing Cheney in the early polls and she just announced a massive fundraising haul.
Since declaring her candidacy for Congress, Hageman reports that she’s brought in over $1 million.
Hageman brought in $745,000 from the day her campaign launched on Sept. 9 through the end of 2021.
She raised the other quarter-million raised since the beginning of the new year.
She reported bringing in $443,460 during the October-December fourth-quarter of fundraising.
And Hageman also noted that more than half of her raised funds came from within the state of Wyoming, unlike Cheney.
Her campaign had $381,163 cash on hand at the end of 2021.
“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 said.
“I have been to all 23 counties in Wyoming, and I know that the people are desperate for a change.”
“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,” Hageman said.
“I am standing for Wyoming First and America First values, which is something that Liz Cheney cannot and will not say.”
Cheney has deep connections to some big-money backers, most of them failed neocons who got rich off wars they started while sending young men from Wyoming off to risk their lives to fight them.
From Fox News:
Cheney’s brought in roughly $4.5 million so far in the 2022 election cycle, including nearly $1.7 million in the July-September third quarter of fundraising.
She had nearly $3.7 million in her campaign coffers at the end of September. Cheney’s yet to report her figures from the fourth quarter of fundraising.
Former President George W. Bush, and former Republican House Speakers John Boehner and Paul Ryan, have helped raise campaign cash for Cheney.
And Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee and a vocal Republican Trump critic, will headline a fundraiser for Cheney in March.
Hageman has some big names and big money supporting her like Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel.
From Vanity Fair:
Thiel’s foray into the Wyoming Republican primary shows how devoted the secretive PayPal cofounder and early Facebook investor has become to the MAGA movement.
In October, Politico reported that Thiel donated the maximum $5,800 to Hageman’s campaign.
His support is helping Hageman, a Wyoming lawyer, close the significant fundraising gap with Cheney, who raised more than $3.6 million by the end of September, Politico reported last month.
According to the outlet, Hageman reported having only $245,000 in the bank at the end of September.
The closed-door fundraiser also was in keeping with Thiel’s desire for secrecy. According to the source, attendees who arrived at Thiel’s waterfront home—which Thiel purchased in September 2020, according to records obtained by Insider last year, and had been used as the location for the 1996 season of MTV’s Real World—were instructed not to record any of the speakers’ comments with their phones. Staff circulated through the room to ensure the no-recording policy was followed.