Sen. Josh Hawley raised more than $3 million in the first quarter of 2021 following his high-profile challenge to President Joe Biden’s victory—a whooping amount compared to 2019.
According to Politico, Hawley collected more than 57,000 individual donations averaging $52 in the first quarter. Despite briefly suspending his fundraising outreach, he managed to raise nearly $600,000 (20 percent of his total fundraising) in just two and a half weeks following the January 6 Capitol riot when Hawley voted for the objection of election results in Arizona and Pennsylvania.
The figure is much higher than that of his first three months in office in 2019, when he announced raising just $43,000, noted Politico.
The total is unusual for a politician who is not up for reelection until 2024. In the first three months of 2019, three other influential GOP senators — Marco Rubio of Florida, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Tim Scott of South Carolina — each raised less than one-tenth of Hawley’s total in the comparable time leading up to their reelections in 2022.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a fiery Georgia Republican who also voted to decertify the election, earned more than $3.2 million in the first quarter, a massive sum for a freshman member of Congress.
Hawley drew national attention by objecting to the Electoral College results after the Capitol’s rioters were removed. Hawley defied some of his Republican colleagues in the Senate who had intended to object to the certification before the riots but changed their minds after the breach. The senator has been chastised for his behavior, with the editorial board of the Kansas City Star writing on January 7 that Hawley “has blood on his hands in the Capitol coup attempt.”
The criticism hasn’t slowed Hawley’s fundraising efforts, and attendees at the Conservative Political Action Conference praised the senator for his opposition to the election outcome.
“On January 6 I objected to the Electoral College certification — maybe you heard about it. The radical left, their corporate allies, the liberal media, have tried to cancel me, censor me, expel me, shut me down,” but “I’m not going anywhere,” Hawley told the crowd to a standing ovation.
The cash avalanche could pay off in the long run if Hawley runs for president in 2024. Hawley had not previously been known as a fundraising powerhouse, but by widening his donor base, he now has a list of supporters from which he will solicit donations in the future.