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Trump’s Hand-Picked MAGA Candidates Are Getting Crushed In Fundraising

Trump’s Hand-Picked MAGA Candidates Are Getting Crushed In Fundraising

It’s deja vu all over again as another fundraising quarter ends with Donald Trump’s favorite hand-picked candidates lagging behind the “disloyal” incumbents in their races.

New financial disclosures released by the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) show the so-called “America First” candidates anointed by Trump may have enjoyed an initial boost from his official blessing, but all have seen significant drop-offs in totals and are trailing their opponents in their efforts to keep the campaign coffers filled.

CONROE, TX – JANUARY 29: Former President Donald Trump speaks during the ‘Save America’ rally at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds on January 29, 2022 in Conroe, Texas. Trump’s visit was his first Texas MAGA rally since 2019. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

A new rundown from VICE looks at each of the candidates, some of which are facing more serious financial challenges than others:

-Alabama Republican Rep. Mo Brooks was so proud to get Trump’s endorsement, he’s included it in his Twitter profile. But Brooks has raised less than $400,000 from October through December and has less than $2 million in the bank for his struggling campaign. Brooks fired his campaign manager in November, but Brooks is facing an uphill battle the longer the January 6th Select Committee releases information connecting Trump and his close allies to the planning of the rally and subsequent attack on Congress. Brooks appeared as a speaker at the rally, which was more notable for the body armor he wore under his coat than the speech he gave.

 

-Washington Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera-Beutler, who voted for Trump’s second impeachment and also shared her experience on January 6th standing next to Rep. Kevin McCarthy as he called Trump to beg him to end the assault on the Capitol, topped a half-million dollars, more than the $300,000 raised by Trump-backed challenger Joe Kent.

-Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the only GOP senator who voted to impeach Trump, is running for reelection this year and has taken in $1.4 million, more than double the $600,000 Trump-backed challenger Kelly Tshibaka raised. Murkowski has almost $4.3 million in the bank, nearly seven times the $634,000 Tshibaka has in her coffers.

 

-Trump-backed Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker raised almost $5.4 million in the past three months and has about the same amount in the bank. That’s better than most of the seasoned veterans in the race, but Georgia Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock far outpaced him, bringing in $9.8 million in the same time period. Warnock has $22.9 million in the bank for what’s sure to be one of this cycle’s most contentious and expensive Senate races.

Read the full profile at VICE.

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