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House Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana raised $9 million in the second quarter of 2021, his campaign announced on Monday.
Scalise’s most recent haul brings his 2021 fundraising total to $16.1 million, reflecting a strong showing for the No. 2 House Republican in a nonelection year as his party aims to topple the Democrats’ narrow House majority in 2022. Republicans need to flip a handful of seats to win back control of the chamber.
For comparison, during the last off-year election cycle, in 2019, Scalise raised a little over $5 million in the second quarter and had raised $9.5 million total.
“We've spent half a year in Joe Biden's America, and between the humanitarian crisis at our border, the rising cost of energy, the calls to defund our police resulting in skyrocketing crime, and soaring inflation, it is crystal clear just how badly we need Conservative leadership,” Scalise said in a statement. "Hardworking Americans from across the country are excited about our agenda -- they know that the policies of the Radical Left aren't working for them. We have the momentum to take back the House next Fall, and I'm working hand-in-hand with my colleagues to make sure we have the resources to get the job done."
Scalise transferred $4.5 million to the National Republican Congressional Committee in the April through June period, bringing the 2021 total to $8.39 million.
About $5.34 million of the $9 million Scalise raised in the second quarter was through his “grassroots digital program,” raised from 98,472 donors in all 50 states with an average donation size of $26.37.
Large fundraising hauls this year in advance of the 2022 elections suggest that next year’s midterm elections will be expensive and hard-fought.
Even fundraising from members in districts that are not considered extremely competitive can be an indication of partisan enthusiasm: Republican Rep. Byron Donalds of Florida, a freshman member and one of only two black House Republicans, raised an impressive $1 million in the second quarter.
On the Senate side, Democrats Mark Kelly of Arizona and Raphael Warnock of Georgia announced raising $6 million and $7 million in the second quarter, respectively.
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Original Author: Emily Brooks
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