After the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Republicans who voted to overturn the election faced an immediate backlash from companies that said they’d pause their donations to those GOP lawmakers. But six months later, a new round of campaign finance disclosures shows that those Republicans are not only not hurting for money, they’re thriving.
The campaign committees belonging to members of the so-called “Sedition Caucus”—the 147 congressional Republicans who voted against certifying the 2020 electoral college results—have raised a combined $82.9 million in the first half of 2021, according to The Daily Beast’s analysis of recent filings with the Federal Election Commission.
The vast majority of that money, roughly 89 percent, came from individuals, as opposed to Political Action Committees such as corporate PACs. It’s those individual donors, particularly small-dollar donors, who have propelled some of the most active election-deniers to the top of the fundraising list. But a comparative analysis of first and second quarter data also shows a bump in PAC contributions over the last three months, as business leaders loosen the self-imposed suspensions announced in the wake of the Jan. 6 attack.