By Jim Angell, Cowboy State Daily
U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney continued to lead all of her GOP primary challengers in fundraising for Wyoming’s lone U.S. House seat for the first quarter of 2022, but trailed her former political ally Harriet Hageman in raising money in Wyoming.
Reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Friday showed that Cheney raised $2.9 million in the quarter, which ended March 31, to bring her total donations for her re-election campaign to $10.1 million.
So far during her campaign for a fourth term, almost 6% of Cheney’s donations, about $604,000, have been contributed by California residents, making California Cheney’s biggest donor of the campaign.
Wyoming came in eighth in Cheney’s list of donor states at $202,360, behind California, Texas, Florida, New York, Virginia, Connecticut and Washington, D.C.
Most of Hageman’s $2 million in contributions, which includes $1.3 million raised in the first quarter of 2022, came from Wyoming donors, according to FEC figures.
Hageman’s report showed that of her donations so far in her campaign, she has received $363,430 from Wyoming contributors.
The situation is similar with state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, who has raised $649,840 in his bid to unseat Cheney, $55,081 from Wyoming residents.
Most of the donations for Denton Knapp’s campaign, $5,900, have come from California, his reports showed, followed by Wyoming at $4,850.
The FEC reports also show that most of Cheney’s contributions, about $2.74 million, came from donors giving $2,000 or more, while most of Hageman’s, $694,198, came from donations of $200 or less. Most of Bouchard’s contributions, $461,115, also came from donations of $200 or less.
So far this year, Cheney has also spent more than her opponents, spending about $882,869 to bring her total expenses for her campaign to $3.5 million.
Hageman spent $639,589 in the first quarter of the year to bring her total spending for the campaign to $1 million, while Bouchard spent $10,544 in the first three months of the year to bring his total disbursements to $599,904.
The Republican primary to select the GOP candidate for Wyoming’s House seat will be Aug. 16. So far, no Democrats have registered to run, although one member of the Constitution Party, Marissa Joy Selvig has registered.
Other Republicans seeking the party’s nomination include Bryan Eugene Keller and Robyn Marie Belinskey.