By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
More of Republican congressional candidate Harriet Hageman’s donations in the opening weeks of her campaign came from Wyoming than any other state, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.
The reports showed that Hageman received $175,600 from individual donors in Wyoming in the third quarter of 2021, more than nine times the amount donated by residents of Texas, $19,450, which was in second place among states for donations to campaign.
The amount coming from Wyoming donors to Hageman, who started her campaign in September, is also just a little below what U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney raised from Wyoming contributors through the third quarter of 2021, $176,530.
A Cowboy State Daily story published Tuesday, Feb. 1, erroneously reported that Cheney collected the $176,530 through all of 2021.
Donations from Wyoming individuals made up about 80.4% of the total of individual contributions to Hageman’s campaign in the third quarter of the year, the report said.
Other states with donors to Hageman’s campaign included California at $11,700, Florida at $10,755 and North Carolina at $5,800.In the final quarter of 2021, Hageman’s receipts totaled $443,460, bringing to $745,381 her fundraising total for all of 2021, according to reports filed with the FEC.
By comparison, Cheney, who has not yet formally announced whether she will seek re-election, raised $1.97 million in the last quarter of 2021, bringing her fundraising total for the year to $6.4 million.
State Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, raised $25,477 in the last quarter of the year to bring his fundraising total to $634,813.
More donations also came to Bouchard from Wyoming than any other state through Sept. 30, the reports said, totaling $53,676, almost 8.8% of his total individual donations through the period.
Other states with donors to Bouchard’s campaign through Sept. 30 included Colorado at $24,475, California at $22,023, Florida at $19,310, and Texas at $9,588.
When Hageman announced her entry into the race, winning an endorsement from former President Donald Trump just hours later, several candidates dropped out of the campaign. Bouchard remained in the race and a spokesman for his campaign, April Poley, questioned the success of Hageman’s fundraising.
“I suspect Trump and (the) Club for Growth are disappointed in her dismal fundraising,” she told Cowboy State Daily. “She has all of the conservative media at her fingertips, yet this is the best she could do. Her report is an utter failure and the insiders know it.”