Though mainstream media outlets and liberal corporate interests have attempted to use January unrest at the Capitol as a means to permanently cancel former President Donald Trump and any legislator unwilling to abandon him, recent fundraising numbers suggest that their efforts may have been in vain.
The Hill reports that multiple Republican lawmakers who supported probes into alleged voter fraud during the 2020 election, as well as those who objected to certifying the results of the Electoral College, have amassed impressive donation totals in the months that followed, even after a series of major corporations pledged to cease contributions of their own.
According to Politico, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), one of the most outspoken opponents of the January election certification process, raised in excess of $3 million in just the first three months of 2021. A haul of that size is especially noteworthy given that during the same time period in the prior election cycle, he raised a mere $43,000.
Conservative firebrand Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), the highly controversial lawmaker whose full-throated support of Trump has earned the scorn of colleagues and commentators alike, has also seen tremendous fundraising success so far this year, bringing in $3.2 million in donations through the first quarter, The Hill noted.
Louisiana GOP Rep. Steve Scalise, who vigorously expressed his belief in January that there were “serious questions about the integrity of the electoral process” and was among those House members who objected to the certification of the Electoral College count was expected to announce his own first quarter fundraising success to the eye-watering tune of $7.1 million, according to The Hill.
According to political strategist Matt Gorman, these large donation totals are a harbinger of where the Republican Party’s base stands in the aftermath of such a contentious electoral cycle, saying, according to The Hill, “Normally, a quarter after an election it’s always the slowest. There’s fatigue among donors, but this shows that people are engaged.”
In the aftermath of the Capitol protests, a series of corporate giants including Nike, AT&T, Mariott, and Airbnb announced that they would halt direct monetary donations to any lawmaker who opposed certification of Joe Biden as the 2020 winner. However, as The Hill reported separately last month, many of those enterprises have since skirted those promises by instead making contributions to the House and Senate campaign committees that disperse funds to the very same legislators the companies aimed to sanction.
Also bolstering the fundraising fortunes of GOP lawmakers this year – including those loyal to Trump – is the success of donation platform WinRed, launched in 2019 to serve as the Republican answer to ActBlue, which generated millions for Democrat candidates and progressive causes nationwide.
Amid reports that Trump’s own Save America PAC already has $85 million on hand in advance of the crucial 2022 midterm election season, it seems likely that the former president’s influence on the future direction of the party is assured, whether as a candidate himself or as a kingmaker behind the scenes.