Kinzinger raises $2.2 million for reelection fund, anti-Trump PAC

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Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerTrump Afghan pullout deal unachievable, says ex-Pentagon leader Haines stresses rebuilding intelligence alliances post-Trump WATCH LIVE: The Hill’s Future of Defense summit MORE (R-Ill.) raised roughly $2.2 million in the first quarter of 2021 split evenly between his reelection bid and an anti-Trump PAC he formed earlier this year.

Kinzinger faces several potential primary opponents due to his vote to impeach former President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Hill’s Morning Report – GOP pounces on Biden’s infrastructure plan Pompeo ‘regrets’ not making more progress with North Korea Biden sets off Capitol Hill scramble on spending, taxes MORE over his role in inciting the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot. The congressman has also faced a string of rebukes from Republicans who have cast him as insufficiently loyal to the party or Trump, whom many still view as the GOP standard bearer. 

The six-term lawmaker has not officially launched his reelection campaign, but touted the haul as “a strong showing.”

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“There were a lot of people that questioned whether or not somebody taking a stand for truth, telling the truth, going against kind of the emotional grain of the moment could survive. And, you know, obviously it’s gonna be a continuing difficult fight and battle. But if the first quarter is any indication, it’s very solid,” he told reporters, according to The Chicago Tribune.

Kinzinger has seen his profile elevated along with his criticism of the former president, culminating in the launch of his anti-Trump PAC in late January.

“This is no time for silence, not after the last month, not after the past few years. Someone needs to tell the truth. Someone needs to say what history needs to hear. So here I am. The Republican Party has lost its way,” Kinzinger said in a video accompanying the launch. 

“Today’s Republican Party, it’s not the one I joined. The GOP I signed up for was built on a foundation of principle, and it was filled with hope. We believed a brighter future was just around the bend, and we fought tirelessly to get there.” 

Kinzinger’s PAC has endorsed the other nine House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump in January and has said that it will continue throwing its support behind other candidates who have been willing to buck the former president.