Trump’s PAC Gives $500,000 To Help Harriet Hageman Get Elected In Wyoming U.S. House Race

Federal election filings show former President Donald Trump's PAC has given $500,000 to help Harriet Hageman in her bid to oust U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney.

Jimmy Orr

July 16, 20223 min read

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(Cowboy State Daily Staff)

Former President Donald Trump has given $500,000 to help get Harriet Hageman elected to the U.S. House.

The Save America PAC, which organized the Save America Rally with Trump and Hageman in May, gave Wyoming Values, a super political action committee set up on behalf of Hageman, $500,000 in April.

FEC filing data also shows Save America paid the Ford Wyoming Center $20,000 on May 4 to rent the space for the one-day event. Save America did not give any money directly to the Hageman campaign.

The Save America PAC was created by Trump immediately following the 2020 election. Trump has endorsed Hageman over her opponent U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, who has been an outspoken critic of the former president.

Wyoming Values raised $742,075 during the second quarter, spending $732,586. 

Not Released Yet

Hageman’s official finance information for the second quarter, which ran from April 1 to June 30, had not been posted on the FEC website as of Friday evening. Her campaign released a press release on Thursday saying her campaign has raised more than $4 million after getting $1.8 million in the second quarter.

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort owner John “Jay” Kemmerer gave $25,000 to Wyoming Values in June. Timothy Mellon, a heir to the Andrew Mellon banking fortune who lives in Saratoga, gave $30,000 to Wyoming Values in April.

Conservative Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-GA., a Trump supporter, paid $25,000 to a Strategic Event Management LLC in Wyoming on March 3, but it is unclear if this had any connection to the U.S. House race.

The House Freedom Fund PAC, a group representing some of the most conservative U.S. Congress members, gave Hageman $68,342 in the second quarter. 

Wyoming Values spent $520,000 on TV and radio ad placement in May, $26,517 on billboards in April, $44,438 for text messages in June and July, $34,980 on direct mailers in July. The super Pac also paid $370,000 for TV and radio ads on Wednesday that also ran back in May. This sum will be counted as part of Wyoming Values’ third quarter filing that will finalize at the end of September.

Almost $3 Million

The Cheney team raised $2.9 million in the second quarter, giving her campaign $13.1 million and nearly $7 million on hand. This beat her previous campaign record of $2.5 million raised in the first quarter of the year. She raised $3.03 million during her entire 2020 campaign.

Cheney received $1.9 million in individual donations during the quarter.

In the second quarter Cheney spent more than $2.7 million, a sum greater than what Hageman has spent through her entire campaign. More than half of her expenditures in the quarter, a total of $1.3 million, was spent on digital marketing and advertising and other various media during the campaign. She spent $174,710 on print advertising. 

Cheney has spent $6.3 million in total over the campaign.

The Great Task political action committee, set up on behalf of the Cheney campaign, gave her $154,600 in the second quarter. 

The UPS PAC gave Cheney $10,000, as did the Value in Electing Women PAC. American Israel Affairs PAC gave her $9,612.  

Robert and Rebecca Pohlad, whose family owns the Minnesota Twins Major League Baseball franchise, gave a combined $13,800 to her campaign. 

Hageman said she has $1.4 million on hand, while Cheney has $6.9 million.

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Jimmy Orr

Executive Editor

A third-generation Wyomingite, Jimmy Orr is the executive editor and co-founder of Cowboy State Daily.