It’s not even close: Nobody on Capitol Hill has held people like Dr. Tony Fauci accountable for pandemic-related issues like Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has this year, and according to his campaign bankroll, donors clearly appreciate his voice.
According to the Washington Examiner, Paul has managed to shatter previous fundraising records this year as he gears up for his 2022 midterm reelection campaign. In the third quarter of 2021 alone, Paul has managed to raise a staggering $4 million.
Notably, most of those donations were small-dollar donations, which is something politicians like to see, as it indicates that average American voters are inspired enough to donate $10 or $20 here and there.
In addition to his third-quarter record-breaking haul, as far as year-to-date, Paul has managed to bring in over $9 million, and reportedly still has a vast majority of that money — to the tune of some $7 million — left in the bank.
It gets better
Paul also has his Kentucky Freedom PAC, which combined with his personal fundraising efforts, means Paul has actually raised around $15 million, with some $12 million of that pile of cash still in the bank.
His senior adviser, Sergio Gor, issued a short statement on Paul’s success and why he believes he’s seeing the increased support.
“Sen. Rand Paul remains the leading voice against government overreach and massive wasteful spending in Washington. Voters in Kentucky agree and have shown their support in record numbers,” Gor said.
Some local media outlets, such as NBC’s LEX18, have already literally declared Paul the 2022 race winner, given the fact that Paul has no Republican competition.
He does have a potential Democratic challenger, Charles Booker, a former state lawmaker who has reportedly raised nearly $2 million. But compared to Paul’s popularity and record-smashing fundraising efforts, it would appear that challenging him would be a massive waste of time and money.
According to the Courier-Journal, aside from piles of money, Paul also has something that can’t be bought but is certainly more valuable than campaign cash — an endorsement from former President Donald Trump.
“He fights against the Swamp in Washington, the Radical Left Liberals, and especially the destructive RINOS, of which there are far too many, in Congress,” Trump said earlier this year of Paul.
The former president added: “He has my Complete and Total Endorsement for another term in the U.S. Senate. The Commonwealth of Kentucky has a true champion in Rand Paul.”