Senator Josh Hawley has raised more than $ 3 million since the January Capitol riot, a change in fortune for the Missouri Republican, who initially lost some donors for his role in challenging the 2020 presidential election.
Politico reported on Monday that Hawley received more than 57,000 donations in the first quarter of 2021, raising nearly $ 600,000 in the two and a half week period following the MAGA riot on January 6, even though he had stopped actively raising money.
In the first quarter of 2019, right after winning the election, Hawley raised just $ 43,000, Politico said.
Hawley’s fundraising totals were comparable to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, as both lawmakers are still on par with the Trump wing of the Republican Party and have seen the success of small donor fundraising.
Hawley has used his fame to pitch ideas that are typically inconsistent with the politics of the modern Republican Party, such as an idea to “ trust ” big business.
Senator Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri, raised $ 3 million in the first quarter of 2021 and brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars in the weeks following the January 6 MAGA riot
Senator Josh Hawley salutes for the first time the supporters of President Donald Trump who gathered outside the US Capitol on January 6
Later, that crowd broke into the Capitol in a violent incident that killed five in its immediate aftermath
Axios reported on Monday on Hawley’s “ Trust-Busting for the Twenty-First Century Act, ” which would prohibit mergers and acquisitions by companies with a market capitalization of more than $ 100 billion.
It would lower the barrier to prosecute companies based on existing federal antitrust laws.
Companies that lose federal antitrust cases should “forfeit all their profits as a result of monopolistic behavior.”
And finally, it would allow the Federal Trade Commission to regulate “dominant digital companies.”
“This country and government should not be run by a few mega corporations,” Hawley told Axios.
The GOP “must become the party of confidence again,” he continued.
“You know, that’s part of our history,” Hawley added.
Hawley spoke about Republican President Teddy Roosevelt, the progressive-era leader known for breaking up big business.
The more recent version of the Republican Party has been kind to the big business, but a number of GOP lawmakers have gone to war with the big tech companies, saying they showed an anti-conservative bias.
Hawley’s plan goes beyond just threatening to disintegrate “ big technology, ” Axios notes, noting that the rules apply to mergers that extend to banking, healthcare, retail and the media.
“We tried it the way the big corporatists wanted,” Hawley told Axios. “And it hasn’t been a success for the American consumer, for the American producer, or for the American economy.”
Publisher Simon & Schuster canceled Senator Josh Hawley’s book (pictured) due to his role in the MAGA riot
Hawley has attempted to profile himself as a Republican Party thought leader, although the book he had been working on, entitled “ The Tyranny of Big Tech, ” was canceled by publisher Simon & Schuster in the wake of the January 6 riot.
‘As a publishing house, our mission will always be to strengthen a variety of voices and points of view: at the same time, we take our increased public responsibility as citizens seriously and cannot support Senator Hawley after his role in what became a dangerous threat,’ Simon & Schuster said.
Hawley fired back, calling those who work for the publishing house a “awake mob.”
Hawley was the first senator to say he would support a House GOP plan to challenge some of the Electoral College votes from swing states – an effort former President Donald Trump backed because it was the farce he fed his supporters. extended until the election result can be destroyed.
That story – that the election was ‘stolen’ – motivated the MAGA crowd to take over the Capitol, a violent incident that left five dead in its immediate aftermath.
Lawmakers can object, debate, and then vote on states’ positions during the mandatory January 6 session – but the votes for that attempt to be successful just weren’t there, and Congress doesn’t really have the power to push the count of to put aside the electoral college, most scholars believe.