In the third quarter of 2021, Congresswoman Michelle Steel remains one of the top House Republican freshmen fundraisers. Steel raised $751,000 in the quarter, and currently has $1.3 million cash-on-hand. Rep Steel’s totals put her in the top tier of all House incumbents and targeted members up for election in 2022.
Rep. Steel’s total is particularly impressive, especially when compared to her likely Democratic opponent, Harley Rouda, who lost to Steel in 2020. Rouda only raised $376,000 in the quarter, and is currently sitting on $604,000 cash-on-hand. Rouda’s poor fundraising numbers come after he has come under scrutiny recently for using the oil spill disaster in Orange County to fundraise for his reelection and for reporting earning potentially $1 million from his oil investments.
“Congresswoman Steel’s dominant fundraising quarter is further proof of her broad base of grassroots support and that voters understand she is working for them. She has spent her first term fighting tax increases, wasteful spending, and out-of-touch governance in Washington DC,” said Sam Oh, general consultant to the Michelle Steel campaign. “Unlike her predecessor, Rep. Steel has delivered on her promises, and the campaign is prepared to run and win on results and accomplishments.”