Vern Buchanan posts record $900K fundraising for Q2
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He's also raised upward of $2M for the NRCC.

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan pulled in another $900,000 for his own re-election campaign in the second quarter of 2022. That means the Longboat Key Republican has tallied $3.7 million, far outpacing competitors.

Buchanan closed June with about $2 million in cash on hand.

The funding flows as Buchanan is poised to Chair the House Ways & Means Committee if the GOP retakes a majority. To that end, Buchanan has also raised more than $2 million for the National Republican Congressional Committee this cycle. Those are dollars that will be used in battleground districts across the country as Republicans aim to close a 10-seat difference with Democrats.

In total, the eight-term incumbent pulled in $5.7 million to date in the cycle for himself and for the national party.

“We’re humbled by the incredibly broad support for Vern’s pro-growth agenda of lower taxes, fewer regulations and a focus on restoring the American Dream,” said campaign spokesman Max Goodman.

“Vern’s supporters know that he is a self-made conservative businessman who will bring that real world experience to the chairmanship of the Ways & Means Committee and help reverse President (Joe) Biden’s failed economic policies.”

Insider publications like POLITICO’s E&E Daily report Buchanan is “widely seen as the front-runner” to chair Congress’ most powerful committee, with energy hawks Reps. Adrian Smith of Nebraska and Jason Smith of Missouri as his competition.

At home, Buchanan faces little obstacle in his re-election effort in Florida’s 16th Congressional District. Conservative activist Martin Hyde continues a largely self-funded Republican Primary challenge. Democrat Jan Schneider, who has run and lost to Buchanan multiple times before, was the only Democrat to qualify against Buchanan. Write-in candidate Ralph Hartman also qualified.

With no competitors bringing major resources into the race, Buchanan’s fundraising continues to reach record levels. By comparison, he raised shy of $700,000 in the second quarter of 2020 when he faced Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee recruit Margaret Good.

Indeed, the $900,000 raised over three months marks the most successful fundraising second quarter in his near two-decade congressional career, another sign of the national stature accompanying Buchanan’s ascension in the Ways & Means Committee.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]



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