According to his campaign, that set a record for a Senate campaign during the quarter of the year from April to June when there is no election. The Senate seat of departing Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein will be filled in 2024.
Federal records, however, reveal that Majority Leader Chuck Schumer raised over $11 million for his primary campaign committee in the second quarter of 2021, even though he was not up for reelection.
The $8.1 million total represented “the most any Senate campaign nationwide has ever raised in Q2 of an off-cycle year,” according to the Schiff campaign’s announcement. The “record” amount, according to campaign communications director Marisol Samayoa, referred to fundraising in open Senate races where an incumbent is not running. The announcement that Schiff had set a “record” did not make that clear.
She wrote that “it would be accurate to say open” Senate elections.
As the lead prosecutor in the first impeachment trial of then-President Donald Trump, Schiff shot to national prominence and has long been known as an active small-donor fundraiser. According to the campaign, he received donations worth an average of $34 from 144,000 people across the nation; 98% of these donations, which came from every state and county in California, were $200 or less.
How much of the three-month total occurred after or close to the June 21 censure vote was not immediately clear.
Schiff represents areas of Hollywood and surrounding suburbs to the north of Los Angeles and was first elected to Congress in 2000. Since the then-GOP-led House Intelligence Committee he served on began looking into Trump’s ties to Russia during the 2016 election, which turned out to to be a false flag, yet pushed by the California representative, he has frequently been the target of conservatives, with Trump in particular justifiably.
During the investigations into Trump’s ties to Russia, Schiff made comments that he had better than circumstantial evidence that the former President colluded with Russia. After numerous investigations, the connection was proven to be false and that led to his censure on a party-line vote. Schiff was a regular fixture in the news and on television in the days leading up to the censure vote. On the day of the vote, he made online fundraising appeals and urged supporters to “become a founding donor” of his Senate campaign.
Trump served as a frequent foil for him, and in an online video, Schiff accused the president of having a hand in orchestrating his censure. “We already knew that the Republican Party is totally deranged and loyal to Donald Trump. In one online plea, Schiff stated, “Join me in fighting back.
According to his campaign, Schiff will have nearly $30 million in cash on hand for the 2024 election to replace Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who is retiring. Representatives Katie Porter and Barbara Lee, two colleagues in the House, are among the numerous Democratic candidates.
The federal body that regulates election fundraising has not yet received Schiff’s financial information. Campaigns have until the middle of July to submit those.
He had nearly $25 million in the bank at the end of March, far ahead of the other Senate candidates in fundraising.
Adam Schiff’s Senate Campaign Raises $8.1 Million Amidst Republican-Led House Censure |
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