By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
A Cheyenne businessman running for Congress has raised more than $170,000 in his bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission.
Darin Smith, who entered the race to unseat Cheney in May, raised a little more than $177,000 as of June 30, according to his fundraising report for the second quarter of 2021.
Smith and other candidates for federal office are required to file quarterly reports on what they have raised and spent on the campaign. Smith’s report had not been listed on the main FEC page for Wyoming’s congressional race when Cowboy State Daily ran a story on the report last week.
Smith’s report showed he raised a total of $177,058 since entering the campaign, most of it, $171,000, coming from individuals. Another $5,550 came from loans, the reports showed.
State Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, raised $209,635 in donations from individuals in the second quarter of the year, all from individual donations, while state Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, raised $221,054. However, most of Gray’s second-quarter income, $165,194, came from loans made or guaranteed by the candidate.
Cheney, meanwhile, raised $1.7 million, with about $1.5 million coming from individuals.
Of Smith’s donations, $43,550 came from individuals from Wyoming, below Cheney’s Wyoming total of $53,750, but ahead of Gray’s at $33,750 and Bouchard’s at $28,625 so far this year.
Another candidate for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat whose report was filed with the FEC but not listed on its main Wyoming page was Sheridan businessman Bryan Miller, whose report shows he has raised $3,665 so far this year, all in loans.