Marjorie Taylor Greene, Cawthorn, Gaetz and Boebert raised less money than ever.  Are their seats always safe?

Marjorie Taylor Greene, Cawthorn, Gaetz and Boebert raised less money than ever. Are their seats always safe?

Right-wing members of Congress like Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Lauren Boebert of Colorado and Matt Gaetz of Florida have all raised their voices as surrogates for former President Donald Trump in Congress.

But the attention they’ve received hasn’t necessarily translated into strong fundraising numbers. In fact, all but two posted a deficit in the last fundraising quarter. Even so, most of these incendiary lawmakers, with the exception of Mr. Cawthorn, should be relatively safe in their re-election efforts.

Ms Boebert, who infamously heckled President Joe Biden during his State of the Union address, was the only member of the so-called MAGA caucus who raised $838,653.67 in the first three months of 2022 Conversely, she only spent $705,802.56 in the last fundraiser. trimester.

Part of the reason Ms. Boebert hasn’t needed to spend so much is that after the redistricting, Colorado’s 3rd District is even more Republican than before. That means she doesn’t need to spend as much money as if she had a district with more Democratic voters.

Ms. Boebert’s liberal hatred means Democrats have passed her, despite her solidly Republican district. Former Aspen City Councilman Adam Frisch raised $1.7 million last quarter, while Sol Sandoval raised over $265,000. Meanwhile, Ms Boebert also faces a viable primary opponent, Republican state senator Don Coram, who has qualified for the ballot. This fundraiser will likely mean that she will have to step up her own cash grab.

Ms. Boebert joined Mr. Gaetz in raising more than she spent. Mr Gaetz has come under fire since reports last year revealed he was under federal investigation for allegedly paying for a 17-year-old girl to travel with him. He has denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged with a crime. This fundraising quarter, he only raised $602,185.16 in the past three months, but spent $542,728.48.

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Mr. Gaetz appears not to be spending as much on legal fees as he has in the past, when he paid a lawyer who previously represented Jeffrey Epstein, John Gotti and Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán for legal fees, as The daily beast reported. Conversely, his legal fees this round went to Venable LLP, which received $2,972 in campaign cash from the beleaguered Florida Republican who became Mr. Trump’s top congressional apologist.

At the same time, Mr. Gaetz is unlikely to face many electoral problems, given that his state and district voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump. While Florida is currently battling for redistricting, its potential future district will likely be majority Republican and no viable Republicans have stepped forward to challenge it.

Conversely, Ms Greene, who spoke at a February conference hosted by white nationalist Nick Fuentes, raised a respectable $1,071,681.01 in the first three months of 2022 but spent more than she earned – $1,413,599.67. Like The Independent wrote last week that she paid a law firm linked to John C Eastman, which advised Mr. Trump in his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, $10,000 this past fundraising round. But Ms. Greene also transferred $7,500 to her and Mr. Gaetz’s joint fundraising committee, while Mr. Gaetz’s campaign account contributed nothing.

Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene at a rally hosted by former US President Donald Trump in March

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It’s probably no coincidence this was the first fundraising quarter since Twitter banned Ms Greene’s personal account, despite her still having her Congressional account. Ms. Greene had a massive following on her account which allowed her to raise large sums of money. By comparison, she raised $3,219,754.05 in her first three months in Congress last year.

But despite her deficit, Ms. Greene is still in a strong position to win, given how staunchly Republican her district is. Likewise, the money she has raised shows that she is still a major attraction for Republicans despite being in a safe neighborhood.

Many small Democratic donors hope Ms Greene’s increasingly inflammatory rhetoric will leave her vulnerable. However, his neighborhood remains largely safe for Republicans. Mr. Gaetz and Ms. Boebert are also likely to benefit from decidedly red light districts.

But perhaps the most threatened member of the MAGA caucus is Mr Cawthorn, who has come under fire from House Republican leaders after he said in a podcast that members of Congress were having orgies and using cocaine.

But he also got into big trouble after trying to run in a neighboring district and is now trying to run in his former district. But other Republicans in North Carolina’s 11th District refused to step down after trying to run in his former district. Unlike other members of the MAGA mob, Mr. Cawthorn is perhaps the most at risk as he faces several viable Republican main challengers and he has made sweeping accusations against the Republican caucus, rather than simply going after the Democrats and the left in general.

Mr. Cawthorn’s campaign is bleeding money fast, spending $698,592.27 while raising just $658,744.21. He also only has $242,304.36 in cash at the end of the fundraising quarter.

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