Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley took in nearly a million dollars in political donations following his objection last month to a slate of electoral ballots, according to his campaign officials.
The January fundraising haul, more than any month for him since October 2018, came as he remained in the spotlight following his objection on January 6, which Democrats blamed for the Capitol riot that unfolded that day.
Federal investigators have since uncovered evidence strongly suggesting the Capitol assault was pre-planned well in advance, based on social media posts and other indicators.
Much of Hawley’s record fundraising came from widespread grassroots support, Fox News reported. In addition to being falsely accused by Democrats, his publisher killed a book deal in the aftermath of the Capitol attack.
“Pennsylvania wasn’t following their own state’s election law, but the establishment didn’t want to hear it. But that’s not who I work for,” Hawley said in a fundraising push after he refuted the electoral ballots. “I objected because I want to make sure your voice was heard.”
In all, the Missouri Republican took in $969,000 last month, with the average donation being $52. The money came from roughly 12,000 new donors, boosting his campaign war chest to about $2.1 million.
Wes Andersen, a pollster for Hawley, noted in a memo this week that his campaign emerged from a statewide poll in Missouri with news for the senator that was “very good” despite “aggressive attacks by national Democrats, special interest groups, and many in the media.”
Andersen added that “a strong majority of Missouri voters have rallied to Senator Hawley.”
A Missouri Scout survey found that Hawley’s approval rating stands at 46 percent; his disapproval rating, meanwhile, is 40 percent.
Despite the criticism, Hawley said last week he wasn’t about to be bullied into silence, even after “Antifa scumbags” showed up to his D.C. home and threatened his wife and newborn.
“I’m not going to bow down to the woke mob,” he told Fox News. “I’m not going to do what they told me to do, when they threaten me I’m not going to do what they tell me to do, when they threaten me I’m not going to give in to them and I just think you’re seeing the same from Americans across the country.”
In addition to being dropped by his publisher, the Loews Hotel chain canceled a fundraising event for Hawley, appearing to blame the Capitol riot on his electoral objection.
“We are horrified and opposed to the events at the Capitol and all who supported and incited the actions. In light of those events and for the safety of our guests and team members, we have informed the host of the Feb. fundraiser that it will no longer be held at Loews Hotels,” the chain said in a statement on Twitter.
A flyer sent by Hawley’s leadership PAC said the “fun-filled-family-friendly” event was scheduled Feb. 12-15 in Orlando, Fla.
Hawley condemned the rioters and the violence even as he defended his objection.
“In this country, in the United States of America, we cannot say emphatically enough, violence is not how you achieve change. Violence is not how you achieve something better. Our Constitution was built and put into place so that there would be, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, no appeal from ballots to bullets, which is what we saw, unfortunately, attempted tonight,” he said Jan. 6 after both chambers certified the election result for President Joe Biden.
“This is the lawful place where those objections and concerns should be heard, this is the forum that the law provides for our laws, provides for those concerns to be registered. Not through violence, not by appealing from ballots to bullets, but here in this lawful process,” he added.
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