Liz Cheney may be helping Mike Enzi.
Republican Sen. Enzi of Wyoming saw an influx of donations from colleagues and company political action committees after Cheney announced she would challenge him for renomination.
Enzi, seeking a fourth six-year term, received contributions in late July from leadership PACs linked to Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Thad Cochran of Mississippi and Roy Blunt of Missouri, according to reports the PACs filed with the Federal Election Commission.
Cheney, a daughter of Dick Cheney, a former vice president and Wyoming congressman, announced July 16 that she’d run for Enzi’s Senate seat in the primary election next August. The Republican primary will be the decisive election in a state that’s voted Republican for president in 12 consecutive contests.
It’s not known how much Enzi raised after Liz Cheney’s announcement because Senate candidates file campaign reports on a quarterly basis. Enzi and Cheney will disclose their donations for July, August and September around Oct. 15. Many PACs file FEC reports on a monthly basis, though, and today’s the deadline for them to report July activity.
United Parcel Service Inc., Amgen Inc., Associated Builders and Contractors, Best Buy Co., Devon Energy Corp., and the National Association of Convenience Stores were among the companies or associations that donated to Enzi’s campaign through their PACs after Cheney’s announcement, FEC filings show.
The Enzi donations suggest he will top the $171,291 he raised in this year’s second quarter. He began July with $488,151 in the bank.
Enzi, 69, is “the epitome of a workhorse,” McCain said last month on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt.” He sits on the Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over tax policy.
Cheney, 47, said last month that she’s running partly “because I believe it is necessary for a new generation of leaders to step up to the plate.”