Hageman wants to close the financial gap with Cheney, who had more than $ 3.6 million in their campaign account by the end of September. Cheney has seen her fundraising numbers soar this year as she drew attention to her criticism of former President Donald Trump, including her January vote to indict him and her prominent role on the House committee that led the January 6 riot examined.
Hageman, who has received Trump’s support, reported that she had about $ 245,000 in the bank in late September after launching her campaign just weeks earlier.
Thiel, an ally of Trump who has met with the former president several times this year, views the ousting of Cheney as a priority, say those familiar with his mindset. While Thiel’s interest in defeating the Congresswoman can be attributed in part to her attacks on the former president, those close to the libertarian Thiel also reflect his dislike of Cheney’s Hawkish views on defense and foreign policy.
The tech entrepreneur has already donated the maximum allowed $ 5,800 to Hageman’s campaign. Thiel has also donated to Washington State Republican Joe Kent – another Trump-backed candidate who will run against GOP MP Jaime Herrera Beutler, who, like Cheney, Trump’s impeachment for his role in the Jan. 6 siege of the Capitol has supported.
Thiel has become one of the Republican Party’s most prominent donors in 2021. He made two record-breaking $ 10 million donations to Super PACs to support two Senate nominees, the Arizona Republican Blake Masters and the Ohio Republican JD Vance.
The January 26 fundraiser invitation for Hageman’s campaign also lists several other prominent national GOP donors, including businessman Marc Goldman and gasoline manager Max Alvarez. Those familiar with Hageman’s campaign say that most of the money she raised this year came from Wyoming.