In preparation for what is likely to be a controversial re-election campaign, newcomer MP Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has raised more than $ 3 million in the past three months, Politico reported on Wednesday.
It’s a shocking sum dwarfing nearly $ 728,000 MP Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY) for the first three months of 2019, and it follows months of controversy that has haunted Greene since her November election victory to have.
“I’m just getting started,” Greene tweeted Wednesday as he celebrated the transport. “I am one of the people and the people are with me and I will always be with them.”
Greene gained political notoriety, among other things because of her positive statements about QAnon, a far-right conspiracy theory according to which House majority leader Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats secretly run a cannibalism sex trade ring – and former President Donald Trump has or had one secret plan to stop them. Greene has since distanced himself from these comments.
After Greene was sworn in, the House Democrats passed a resolution to reprimand her for previously calling the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School a “false flag operation” and warning that the California wildfires were in Year 2018 were carried out by Jewish-controlled space lasers.
These incidents, among other things, deprived Greene of her two committee duties in early February, including a coveted spot on the House’s Education and Labor Committee. A group of 11 Republicans joined all 219 Democrats in the House to remove them, suggesting that while Greene was somewhat disapproved of among GOP lawmakers, the party was willing to stand up in the face of their Trumpian rhetoric, intoxication and her growing national popularity behind her to band together among conservatives.
A few weeks later, the Georgia representative made headlines again for posting a transphobic sign outside her congressional office. Greene’s critics argued it was a targeted attack as the legislature’s neighbor is Representative Marie Newman (D-IL), whose daughter is transgender.
The actions that led Greene to start her committee duties and drew the ire of House Democrats helped build her national notoriety – and resulted in widespread coverage in conservative media. According to a poll by Politico / Morning Consult conducted February 5-7, Greene’s popularity among Republicans rose 11 percentage points in the days following the vote, with 30 percent of GOP voters giving her a positive rating. Their recognition among national voters rose 14 percentage points. She has bonded strongly with Trump, who is still popular in Republican circles.
Ultimately, Green’s big fundraiser is a reminder that there is real value in getting prominence in conservative media rather than trying to get meaningful laws passed for the modern Republican Party.
Greene – and other Republicans – are preparing for the 2022 midterm elections
Becoming the center of highly polarized controversy and thus the focus of fundraising is nothing new in the modern era of politics. Greene is following the lead of Senator Ted Cruz, Rep. Michelle Bachmann, Senator Josh Hawley and Sarah Palin, all of whom are conservative media superstars who generated ardent reporting on the right and hatred on the left. As social media has become increasingly important for fundraising, creating controversy is more than just a way to raise your profile – it’s also critical to being successful in politics.
Given her popularity and apparent fundraising acumen, Greene’s future in Congress is all but certain – if she can survive the likely difficult primary battle of 2022. It represents Georgia’s 14th district, a GOP stronghold in the northwest of the state. Republican Tom Graves took home 76.5 percent of the vote in the 2018 general election. Two years later, Greene won a cool 74.7 percent of the vote against Democrat Kevin Van Ausdal to replace the resigned Graves, despite Democrats vying for control in all three national flagship races.
Greene could face at least one major Republican antagonist who favors traditional conservatism over the Trump-like policies Greene has embraced. David Boyle, leader of the Walker County’s Democratic Party in Georgia, told Business Insider in late February that he expected the 2022 GOP area code to be a “bloodbath.”
“The traditional Republicans in the middle of the street are fed up with all this craziness,” Boyle said. And anti-Trump Republicans in Congress, like Illinois Representative Adam Kinzinger, have begun laying the financial foundations to support candidates closer to Reagan- or Bush-style republicanism.
This looming challenge makes the more than $ 3 million now in Greene’s coffers all the more remarkable as it will be of great help in fending off candidates who might compete against them in elementary school. It is also noteworthy that the legislature’s transport came mainly from small donors, of whom a total of over 100,000. In the past few months, many large corporations have expressed concern about political donations to GOP candidates to address more socially conscious body politics. Corporate donations have largely continued, according to Reuters, but an inflamed base of supporters is poised to make up for any loss in fundraising.
The 45+ corporate committees that cut off donations to Republicans following their efforts in January to scrap the 2020 presidential election results, accounted for around $ 5 million in campaign contributions in the 2020 election cycle, which is just 1 percent of the total collected in the US previous year. The National Republican Congressional Committee, which supports House candidates, raised $ 7.5 million in January 2021 alone. Much of that money came from Kevin McCarthy, the minority chairman of the House of Representatives, who has already handed out just under $ 11 million for 2022 races.
Overall, Republicans appear to be building a strong reserve of campaign money as races loom in 2022. The GOP sees these races as an opportunity to regain control of Congress where they are currently in the minority. The party inconsistent with the seated president has had Congressional wins in the midterm elections in the past, and right now Democrats only have a six-seat majority in the House of Representatives and a one-vote majority (via Vice President Kamala Harris’s tie ). in the Senate.
“WE’RE just getting started! In the words of my favorite President Trump: “The best is yet to come,” tweeted Greene on Wednesday.
When it comes to donations, she seems to be right.
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