Kyrsten Sinema Challenger Ruben Gallego Breaks Fundraising Record With $1M Haul

The Gallego marketing campaign says it obtained over 27,000 donations, breaking the earlier 24-hour fundraising report in Arizona.

The marketing campaign by Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Arizona) to unseat Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is touting its over $1 million fundraising haul, achieved in simply the 24 hours after Gallego introduced his marketing campaign on Monday, maybe portending an uphill battle for Sinema to maintain her seat after frightening the ire of progressives and Democrats over the previous years.

In a press launch, the Gallego marketing campaign introduced that it had raised over $1 million from greater than 27,000 donations within the first day. The marketing campaign mentioned that it broke the state’s earlier 24-hour fundraising report set by Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Arizona) over simply eight hours.

“I’m extraordinarily grateful for the assist our marketing campaign has acquired since coming into this race. We’re working a grassroots marketing campaign to take again this seat for hardworking Arizonans, and this fundraising report proves that,” Gallego mentioned in an announcement.

“Whereas Senator Sinema collects enormous checks from highly effective particular pursuits, this marketing campaign goes to be funded by the individuals, and that’s the way in which it ought to be. I’m proud to announce that we acquired extra donations from actual individuals on our first day than Senator Sinema has within the final three years mixed,” he continued, emphasizing Sinema’s shut relationship with company donors and deep pocketed pursuits.

Sinema has spent current years driving a dagger into the center of Democrats’ priorities in Congress, seemingly on behalf of these donors. Earlier than switching her social gathering affiliation from Democrat to impartial, she teamed up with fellow conservative Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) a number of instances in blocking her personal social gathering from passing laws to fight the local weather disaster and fund anti-poverty packages just like the expanded little one tax credit score.

These strikes made her probably the most unpopular senators, polls discovered, and her current resolution to modify her social gathering affiliation didn’t help much. Sinema has not solely raised the ire of progressives, however more centrist Democrats as well, and polling performed shortly after the change in late December discovered that Sinema would end in a distant third with solely 13 % of the vote in a hypothetical matchup between Sinema, Gallego and much proper election denier Kari Lake.

Gallego has vowed that his campaign received’t be funded by company pursuits, saying that “this marketing campaign goes to be funded by the individuals,” per Widespread Desires.

Progressives have rallied behind Gallego’s marketing campaign; progressive activists started launching campaigns to exchange Sinema in 2021, three years earlier than the election, because of Sinema’s obstruction.

Teams like Our Revolution say they see 2024 not solely as a chance to exchange Sinema, but in addition to develop the slate of progressives within the Senate with Gallego and somebody like Rep. Katie Porter (D-California). Each are members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus within the Home and assist litmus-test concepts like Medicare for All, although their earlier stances on issues like Israeli apartheid could give pause to some on the left.

Nonetheless, Gallego may choose up the assist of key progressive lawmakers because it will get nearer to the election. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) has mentioned that he backs the final concept of a Democrat difficult Sinema, stating final January that he would think about throwing his weight behind somebody working to exchange her.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) indicated final 12 months that she would again Gallego, who had not but introduced his marketing campaign. “If it got here all the way down to somebody like Ruben Gallego and Kyrsten Sinema, I believe that might be the best resolution I might ever must make,” she mentioned. “There is no such thing as a comparability…. We want somebody that has extra allegiance to the precise individuals of this nation than particular pursuits.”