By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
The top three candidates for Wyoming’s lone seat in Congress have raised from $173,000 to $1.5 million in donations in the first quarter of 2021, according to federal documents.
U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney and her challengers state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, and state Rep. Charles Gray, R-Casper, have all filed their campaign finance reports with the Federal Election Commission for the first quarter of 2021.
Earlier this week, Cowboy State Daily reported that U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney has raised $1.5 million during the first quarter.
According to the FEC documents, Cheney received more than $1.3 million from contributions, $1 million of which came in the form of individual contributions. The additional $301,000 came from contributions from other political committees.
Cheney also transferred $222,910 from other committees authorized to raise money on her behalf to her campaign fund. She had $261,340 in expenditures and was left with $1.4 million cash on hand.
Of the individual contributions for Cheney, $167,065 were unitemized, meaning they were under $200, the limit the FEC requires for a donor to be identified.
Bouchard raised the second-highest amount during the first quarter, with $334,541, almost all of which were from individual contributions. Bouchard had $170,300 expenditures, leaving him with $164,035 cash on hand.
Bouchard said his funds came from more than 8,000 supporters across the country and said he expected to cross the $400,000 threshold over the weekend.
“By investing early in fundraising, my team has developed a large donor base while maintaining a strong cash position going into the second quarter,” Bouchard said. “No other challenger has the massive grass-roots base we put together by announcing early and moving quickly, and no other candidate against Cheney has the strong six-figure cash-on-hand number we currently have.”
Bouchard’s unitemized contributions made up $230,295 of his total receipts.
Gray raised $173,278 during the first quarter, $40,154 of which came from individual contributions. Gray also took out a loan for $133,124 and had $9,031 in expenditures, leaving him with $164,247 cash on hand.
“Because of your support and dedication to our common cause, we surpassed our target for the end of the 1st fundraising quarter this year and have $164,248 in the bank!” Gray wrote on Twitter Thursday, noting that his campaign had the most cash on hand of any of Cheney’s challengers.
Gray and Bouchard both announced their respective campaigns for Congress earlier this year, following Cheney’s vote to impeach former President Donald Trump for his alleged role in inciting the riot at the U.S. Capitol in January.
Finally, congressional candidate Marissa Joy Selvig raised $1,968 during the first quarter, most of which came from her own contributions. She raised $785 from individuals, had $890 in expenditures, leaving her with $1,077 cash on hand.
Cheyenne resident Bryan Keller also has registered to run for Congress, but no report for his campaign was on file with the FEC as of Friday.