Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley, raised more money in January 2021 than he had before he won his Senate seat in 2018. Hawley's campaign raised $969,000 last month with an average donation of $52 and added 12,000 donors to its rolls. With the spike in grassroots donations, the ambitious 41-year-old senator now has $2.1 million in cash on hand. This came after Hawley led the charge in objecting to the certification of President Joe Biden's election victory. The senator, a populist who has aligned himself closely with former President Donald Trump, faced swift backlash from many of his colleagues, corporate donors, and some allies in Missouri after the deadly Capitol siege.
Hawley condemned the violence on January 6 but refused to apologize for challenging the election results. After the Capitol was breached, Hawley defied Senate GOP leadership and voted against the certification of Pennsylvania's election results, pushing the ratification process until 3 a.m. "I will never apologize for giving voice to the millions of Missourians and Americans who have concerns about the integrity of our elections," he said in a statement. "That's my job, and I will keep doing it." In one of the most striking photos taken on January 6, Hawley was captured raising his fist in acknowledgment of the Trump supporters gathering outside the Capitol before the attack began. The senator's campaign also sent out fundraising emails to supporters before and after the riot.
Hawley, who previously served as Missouri's attorney general, is widely viewed as a likely 2024 presidential contender, but the senator recently told Insider he was not running for president. Hawley has made similar promises in the past that he ultimately broke. While running for attorney general in 2016, he slammed "career politicians just climbing the ladder, using one office to get another." He launched his campaign for the US Senate less than a year later.