Cheney dominates fundraising in Wyoming U.S. House race
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Liz Cheney continues to dominate fundraising among the nine Republican candidates for Wyoming’s seat in the U.S. House, bringing in several times more money than her rivals and frequently collecting cash from far beyond the Cowboy State.
Cheney raised more than $1.2 million over the first six months of the year. She still had more than $640,000 left at the end of June, Federal Election Commission records due last Friday showed.
She was in roughly the same financial position as in early 2014, when she abandoned her race against Sen. Mike Enzi in the Republican primary. This time, there is no incumbent.
Cheney’s donations have come from Bellevue, Washington, to North Miami, Florida, and dozens of points between. She’s also raised more money from Wyoming than her competitors, according to her campaign manager, Bill Novotny.
“The contributions she has received from individuals around the country prove that she has the ability to bring a national spotlight to Wyoming’s issues,” Novotny said by email.
Cheney also dominated fundraising in the first quarter with help from her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney; mother, Lynne Cheney; former President George W. Bush; and former first lady Laura Bush. Each gave the maximum amount allowed by law: $5,400, or $2,700 each for the primary and general elections.
Through June, Liz Cheney raised more than eight times more money and had almost eight times more money left than state Rep. Tim Stubson, the fundraising runner-up. Stubson raised just under $140,000 and has made a $60,000 loan to his campaign. He had almost $83,000 left.
“We’ve got money in hand for the final push, and we’re working really hard on fundraising to supplement that,” Stubson said Monday. “We feel very confident that we’re in a really good position to finish strong.”
State Sen. Leland Christensen, who raised about $107,000 and still had about $64,000 left, ranked third in the money race.
“Leland hasn’t been collecting checks from wealthy donors in New York, Chicago and D.C. He’s been buying coffee for folks in Wheatland, Worland and Gillette,” Christensen spokeswoman Kristin Walker said by email.
Cheyenne attorney Darin Smith had about $9,400 left after raising about $33,000 and lending himself $6,000. The other five candidates raised $15,000 or less.
U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis, a Republican, isn’t seeking a fifth term.
H/T Billings Gazette and Associated Press