Apr 14, 2022 - Politics & Policy

First look: Sinema raises $1.6 million during Q1

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is seen outside the U.S. Senate.

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) raised $1.6 million during the first quarter of 2022, and nearly 75% of her contributions totaled less than $100, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: It's a lot of money for a senator who isn't up for re-election until 2024, and isn't a member of leadership or a committee chair. The numbers also give Sinema, a key holdout alongside Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) in the 50-50 Senate, something to point to amid their controversial record of bucking the party.

  • The fact that three-fourths of her contributions were less than $100, and more than 97% of contributions came from individuals, shows her support from small-dollar donors.
  • That's a coveted demographic among both parties.

What they're saying: A Sinema campaign spokesperson attributed the numbers, in part, to Sinema's work on the bipartisan infrastructure bill and reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

Both were put into law on a bipartisanship basis.

  • "She'll continue working across the aisle to get things done for Arizona," said Hannah Hurley, Sinema's campaign spokesperson.
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