Johnson’s struggle to contain the chaos in the House hasn’t hurt his ability to woo donors

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) raised more than $20 million from donors in the first quarter of 2024 despite storm clouds brewing in the chamber he tries to hold order over.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-GA) proposed ouster of Johnson in March raised the drama to a boiling point among House Republicans who largely disagreed with the move in fear of a Democratic speaker replacing him. 

But uncertainty in the House hasn’t affected Johnson’s ability to fundraise. He’s traveled to more than 20 states and raised $30 million overall for House Republicans since they booted Speaker Kevin McCarthy in October.

“I am grateful for the incredible support of grassroots supporters and Americans all across our country who are eager to end the disastrous Biden presidency, grow our majority in Congress, take back the Senate, and return President Trump to the White House,” Johnson said in a statement.

McCarthy’s ability to fundraise for House Republicans was lauded, and some doubted that anyone could keep pace with him. Johnson hasn’t so far. McCarthy raised $35 million in the first quarter of 2023, a $15 million difference from year to year.

“In less than six months as Speaker, we have hit the ground running to ensure House Republicans will have the resources necessary to win in battlegrounds across America — and we cannot slow down now,” Johnson said. “While families suffer under increasing inflation, rising crime, and open borders, we will stay focused on our goal to grow the majority in November and deliver solutions for our nation.”

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Some House Republicans have resisted the idea of providing aid to Ukraine, an idea that Johnson has listened to, especially considering former President Donald Trump’s opposition. More disagreement in the House came as Trump condemned FISA, and some House Republicans resisted passing proposed reforms that Johnson looked to push through.

Despite the chaos in the House, evidence has indicated that donors haven’t been as unconvinced as some House Republicans are about Johnson.

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