Donald Trump's hand-selected candidates who are challenging Republicans that he viewed as lacking sufficient loyalty are failing at receiving campaign finance support.
"Four candidates backed by Donald Trump to challenge Republican lawmakers who voted to impeach him or boot him from office are falling behind in raising money for their campaigns," Reuters reported, based on campaign finance disclosures filed on Friday.
"Trump has called the Republicans who crossed him 'disloyal' or 'losers,' and they have faced scorn within their party. Several have said they will retire or not seek re-election," Reuters noted. "But those who are facing Trump-backed candidates in upcoming party nomination contests so far have raised more money than their challengers, which might help them counter Trump's campaign against them."
One of the biggest fights is occurring in Alaska.
"U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, a moderate who was one of seven Republicans who voted to convict Trump in the Senate, raised $1.1 million between July and September, more than the twice the $466,000 raised by her Republican challenger Kelly Tshibaka, a former state administration commissioner endorsed by Trump," Reuters reported. "Murkowski - who ended September with $3.2 million in the bank, more than 10 times what Tshibaka had - raked in money from corporate-run donor committees, according to a disclosure Murkowski filed with the Federal Election Commission."
In a June statement, Trump declared Murkowski " the best friend Washington Democrats ever had" and vowed he would travel to Alaska to campaign against her.
"Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who is widely seen in great peril of losing her seat because of her vote to impeach Trump and her vocal criticism of the former president, raised $1.7 million during the three-month period," Reuters reported. "Her Trump-endorsed opponent, attorney Harriet Hageman, entered the race in early September and raised about $300,000, or roughly $100,000 a week, shy of Cheney's fundraising pace."
In July, Trump said Cheney was a "Republican in name only," when he declared her a "lapdog RINO."
Two other lower profile Trump endorsees are also struggling.
"Trump has also endorsed opponents to U.S. Representatives Fred Upton of Michigan and Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington state, who both voted to impeach him.
"Upton raised $293,000 between July and September, more than the twice the $116,000 raised by his Trump-endorsed challenger, state lawmaker Steve Carra," Reuters reported. "Herrera Beutler not only voted to impeach Trump, she submitted evidence in his Senate trial against the former president. She took in $524,000 during the period, outraising Trump-backed Army veteran Joe Kent, who raised $452,000."
And in Ohio, former White House aide Max Miller ponied up $550,000 of his own money for his campaign against Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH).
Read the full report.