Three days into the brand new yr, her first day in workplace, U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert unveiled a slick campaign ad that was seen tens of millions of instances. It drew a rebuke by Washington, D.C.’s police chief as a result of it appeared to point out illegal gun possession and earned the Republican congresswoman nationwide headlines.
What it didn’t do is usher in huge donations.
Boebert’s marketing campaign filed a quarterly fundraising report Thursday that provides the primary glimpse into whether or not her right-wing virality and social media stardom are a boon to her marketing campaign coffers. The report suggests combined outcomes: Boebert’s marketing campaign acquired solely two donations value $100 or extra within the three days after the Jan. 3 advert, however viral posts in March earned her much more medium and huge donations.
Campaigns don’t have to record donors and dates for small contributions, so it’s unknown what number of small donors gave to Boebert’s marketing campaign. Donations of $200 or extra should be itemized with dates and donor data.
A video launched March 8 by her congressional workplace confirmed Boebert strolling across the Capitol telling Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi to tear down a safety barrier that went up after the Jan. 6 riot. The video, which was not paid for by her marketing campaign and didn’t solicit donations, has been seen multiple million instances on Twitter. Her marketing campaign acquired 21 itemized donations that day, valued at $8,275.
On March 9, Boebert urged supporters to donate to her marketing campaign in response to a viral Twitter hashtag that referred to as for her to be imprisoned. Her marketing campaign acquired 33 itemized donations that day value $17,531 and 41 the subsequent totaling $15,381.
Boebert finally raised $846,156 between New 12 months’s Day and March 31, a robust fundraising quarter at first of a virtually two-year-long protection of her job representing western and southern Colorado in opposition to a number of Democratic challengers.
In different federal fundraising information:
- The Jan. 6 riot additionally performed into Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse’s marketing campaign spending. The congressman put $10,400 from his marketing campaign account towards safety in February, when he was a prosecutor in former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. Anlance Safety, the Fort Collins firm his marketing campaign employed, makes a speciality of “intelligence gathering, menace evaluation, tactical planning and proactive safety measures.”
- State Sen. Kerry Donovan led the Democratic area within the third District, difficult Boebert with a $643,596 haul. She acquired 4 $5,800 donations – the utmost allowed below regulation – from members of the Walton household (Walmart), in addition to a $2,900 donation from Robin Hickenlooper, spouse of U.S. Sen. John Hickenlooper. Former U.S. Senate candidates Trish Zornio and Dan Baer donated as nicely.
- State Rep. Donald Valdez, who’s working within the third District for a second time after falling brief in 2020, raised $67,150 final quarter, together with a $2,800 donation from Boulder creator T.A. Barron.
- Sol Sandoval, a Pueblo social employee and activist working within the third, raised $45,526. A lot of that, $10,000, got here from When Democrats Flip Out, a political motion committee. $2,900 got here from Merle Chambers, a former oil and gasoline CEO. Diane Mitsch Bush, who misplaced to Boebert in 2020, donated $500, as did state Rep. Edie Hooton, D-Boulder.
- Colin Wilhelm, a Glenwood Springs protection lawyer and third District candidate, raised $14,369 for his Democratic marketing campaign, together with an $8,000 mortgage.
- U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet raised $1.2 million final quarter and had about the identical quantity available on the finish of March. Bennet is up for re-election subsequent yr however doesn’t have a Republican challenger but.