Republican donors are in no rush to support a sitting congressman under federal indictment.
Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) was arrested in August on charges of wire fraud, securities fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud and lying to the FBI.
Collins won re-election in November.
However, since returning to Congress for his fourth term, Collins has not had success in fundraising for his 2020 re-election campaign, The Daily Beast reported Tuesday.
“Not a single human being donated to Rep. Chris Collins’ (R-N.Y.) reelection campaign in the first three months of 2019,” The Beast noted.
The lack of fundraising stands in stark contrast to two years ago.
“Collins, who is facing federal securities fraud charges, brought in just $5,000 in the first quarter of the year, according to a filing with the Federal Election Commission this week,” The Beast reported. “That’s compared to the roughly $280,000 he raised in the same period during the 2018 election cycle.”
“And this time around, none of the money came from individual contributors,” The Beast added.
In 2018, Collins won re-election by less than 1,100 votes.