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Republicans continue to out-raise Democrats despite donor threats after Jan. 6

Despite GOP donors threatening to pull donations after the January 6 Capitol event, Republicans have fundraised more money than Democrats throughout 2021.

After the January 6 Capitol attack, many people and companies who had been donating to the GOP were hesitant to continue, not wanting to stand for violence or anarchy. Ten and a half months later, many have continued contributing to the GOP.

So far this year, Republicans have brought in $304 million, with their Democrat counterparts hanging back at $295 million. This included the RNC, NRSC and the National Republican Congressional Committee. In the past two election cycles, the GOP didn’t raise quite this much in the year following the election. In 2013, they came up with $135 million and in 2017, $215 million.

Several companies did suspend their donations to the GOP and certain lawmakers after January 6, but have since resumed their giving. For example, Valero initially stopped donations to both the GOP and lawmakers who were against certifying the election but has since resumed giving. Conversely, other companies, like Google and Verizon, have resumed giving to anyone except those who voted against certification.

There are several speculations on why the Republicans have been so successful with their fundraising this year. One is that people are disappointed with Democrat President Joe Biden. In addition, they are pushing for Republicans to retake the majority in the House and Senate.

Before the 2020 election, Republicans had the advantage in the Senate, especially with Vice President Mike Pence as the tie-breaker. Now it is split 50-50, although really it’s 50-48-2, Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. The two independents, Senators Bernie Sanders and Angus S. King, Jr., tend to side with Democrats. 

ARTICLE: RITA VOGT

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: NEW YORK TIMES

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