Donald Trump put them on his blacklist; well-heeled Republicans put them on their donor lists.
Seven of the GOP representatives who bucked their party in opposing Trump set personal records for first-quarter fundraising in a non-election year. All of them filled their coffers at a greater clip than their primary rivals.
Trump is reportedly determined to exact revenge on the set, which includes Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio. All three “had the biggest quarterly hauls of their careers during what’s normally a slow time for raising money,” according to Bloomberg.
Republican leaders who have moved in lockstep with Trump seem willing to break with his effort to unseat the incumbents within their own party. Political Action Committees controlled by Republican Senators Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia contributed to Cheney, a fact that is likely to draw Trump’s ire. The former president has promised to endorse one of Cheney’s opponents soon.
Democrats also heaped generosity on the 10 representatives. Longtime Dem donors Seth Klarman, CEO of Baupost Group LLC and Stephen Mandel, founder of Lone Pine Capital, each made $2,900 donations to the 10 incumbents.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife Lynne, each contributed $5,600 to their daughter, the third-ranking House Republican.