COLUMBIA, Mo. — After repeatedly declining to release his FEC numbers, the Kansas City Star yesterday reported that Josh Hawley’s campaign raised just $1.5 million in the first quarter of 2018. This lackluster total comes despite the fact that Hawley is the only Senate candidate to have benefited from the fundraising help of President Trump. According to the Star, GOP strategists are “wringing their hands” over Hawley’s “beyond embarassing” totals — with one calling it a “five alarm fire.”
Here’s what else the press had to say about Hawley’s lackluster fundraising:
Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is the only Senate candidate President Donald Trump has helped with fundraising, but Hawley still only managed to raise less than half the amount raised by the Democrat he hopes to unseat, Sen. Claire McCaskill.
Hawley reported raising $1.5 million in the first quarter of 2018, according to paperwork his campaign filed with the Federal Election Commission. That total includes $1.29 million in contributions plus $206,220 transferred from the Trump fundraiser and other authorized committees in March.
McCaskill raised $3.9 million during the same time period.
Hawley has $2.12 million in the bank, compared to McCaskill’s $11.5 million…
…three GOP strategists, who requested anonymity to speak frankly, were wringing their hands Thursday over Hawley’s fundraising totals.
One called Hawley’s numbers “beyond embarrassing” for a candidate billed as a rising star.
“It’s a five-alarm fire,” the strategist said.
He went on to say that Hawley should have raised nearly that much money on a Trump fundraiser alone. He said Hawley needs to seriously think about his campaign team, and that he is jeopardy of throwing away the GOP’s best opportunity to win a Senate seat.
“The eyes of the country are obviously on Missouri,” said another Republican strategist, “and with (scandal-plagued Gov.) Eric Greitens dragging down the Missouri GOP, Josh must post better numbers, build a better campaign, and start working harder and better because Claire McCaskill is one of the best politicians in the country…and also the luckiest.”
Attorney General Josh Hawley raised $1.5 million for his U.S. Senate campaign for the first three months of 2018 — and the $2.1 million he had in cash was less than a fifth of what incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill reported.
Hawley’s campaign, in releasing his first-quarter fundraising results Thursday, pointed out he is raising money at a faster pace than Democratic challenger Jason Kander did in 2016, during Kander’s losing campaign against Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo…
But Blunt raised money at a fraction of the record pace of McCaskill, D-Mo. The two-term senator more than doubled Hawley’s take in the first three months of the year by raising $3.9 million. She is on a pace to exceed both the $21 million she spent in 2012 to win re-election, and the record $23.7 million former Sen. Jim Talent spent in 2006, when McCaskill defeated the Republican incumbent.
…McCaskill’s campaign raised an average of about $43,000 a day, while Hawley raised almost $17,000 a day.
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has outraised Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, her likely GOP challenger, by more than $2 million in the first few months of 2018…
Hawley is the only Republican Senate candidate so far who has received financial help from both President Trump and Vice President Pence this cycle. Trump held a fundraiser in Missouri with Hawley last month, while Pence’s political action committee has contributed money to Hawley’s campaign.
…McCaskill, who is seeking her third term, has collected just under $4 million since Jan. 1. That’s one of the largest tallies in the country among Democratic members of Congress.
McCaskill provided St. Louis Public Radio late last week with a requested copy of her official summary sheets filed with the Federal Election Commission. Hawley initially declined to do so, but forwarded his summary sheets on Thursday, four days after they were filed…
Hawley has raised $1.5 million since January 1. That includes aid from other GOP committees, as well as just over $1 million in individual donations.
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