By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney’s fundraising campaign raised more money from individual donations from five other states and Washington, D.C., in the first nine months of 2021 than it did in Wyoming, according to federal reports.
Federal Election Commission showed that Wyoming individuals contributed $176,530 to Cheney’s campaign through the first three quarters of the year, which ended Sept. 30, less than individuals in California, Virginia, New York, Florida, Texas or Washington, D.C.
California residents donated $428,807, followed by Virginia at $351,860, New York at $299,570, Florida at $291,485, Texas at $220,844 and Washington, D.C., at $191,038. The contributions from those six areas made up more than 46.7% of all of Cheney’s individual donations through the nine-month period.
Cheney has not yet formally announced whether she will seek re-election.
Meanwhile, FEC reports filed Monday showed that of the almost $7.2 million raised by Cheney throughout 2021, $2 million was raised in the final quarter of the year, which the Cheney campaign said was a record for her fundraising efforts in a single quarter.
Individual contributions continue to make up the bulk of Cheney’s fundraising at $5.6 million of the $7.2 million she has raised.
Harriet Hageman, one of Cheney’s presumptive GOP primary challengers, raised $443,450 in the last quarter of the year to more than double the amount of money raised since the beginning of her campaign to $745,381.
The reports showed that most of Hageman’s contributions throughout her campaign, $718,381, also came from individuals, while $21,000 came from political action committees.
Hageman entered the race for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat in September, winning the endorsement of former President Donald Trump hours later.
After Hageman entered the race, several other candidates stopped their campaigns, including state Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, who raised $1,371 in the last quarter of the year despite having withdrawn from the race. His report showed he also returned $17,700 in donations during the quarter.
State Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, who remained in the race after Hageman’s entry, raised $25,477 during the last quarter of the year, his reports said, bringing his fundraising total to $638,338 since he began his campaign. All of Bouchard’s contributions have come from individuals, the report said.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story originally reported in error that donations from Wyoming individuals for the campaign of U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney in 2021 ran behind donations from individuals in five other states and Washington, D.C.
In fact, the reporting period for in-state and out-of state donations covered the first nine months of 2021, ending on Sept. 30.
The mistake was the result of reporter error.
All of the other fundraising figures reported in the story covered the full year.