Most people didnt think for one second that Laura Loomer was a serious candidate for Congress. When she announced her candidacy in August, it seemed safe to assume shed collect a few bucks from her loyal fans, get a tiny percentage of the vote, then disappear from the 21st Congressional district the moment ballots were counted.
Some of thats still likely, of course. But to everyones surprise, even hers, Loomer collected a rather respectable $154,000 in the first two months of her campaign. She even bested the haul of her opponent, four-time incumbent Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.), by nearly $50,000, though Frankel still has a war chest of $1.1 million.
Even more surprising than how much money Loomers getting is who shes getting it fromher backer include some heavy hitters in Republican circles. Her donor pool is dotted with CEOs, doctors, and millionaires.
Loomer, it seems, is being treated like a legitimate candidate. This is probably unfamiliar for the 26-year-old far-right conspiracy theorist whos been banned by Twitter, Facebook, Instagram,PayPal, GoFundMe, Medium, Venmo, Instagram, Uber, and Lyft. Uncharacteristically, Loomer said she was humbled by the support.
Despite the radical left, big tech tyrants and the fake-news media doing everything they can to hinder my campaign, this early showing puts career politician Lois Frankel and the do-nothing-Democrats in Congress on notice that no seat is safe and that Im running to win, she added, according toForward.
Based on the candidates Loomers donors frequently give to, shes now part of a group that includes Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.); Reps. Dan Crenshaw (R-Tex.), Steve Scalise (R-La.), and Devin Nunes (R-Calif.); and President Donald Trump.
Its quite a turnabout for the woman who once jumped the fence to Rep. Nancy Pelosis (D-Calif.) private property to protest immigration.
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Cherna Moskowitz is a super-donor among super-donors. Loomer is one of nearly 200 Republican candidates, PACs, and statewide parties to receive donations from Moskowitz this year. FEC records state that other recipients include Reps. Nunes and Crenshaw; state Republican parties in North Carolina, Colorado, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Virginia; and more than $300,000 to the Trump Victory Super PAC.
Last year alone, Moskowitz gave $2 million to America First Action, according to Open Secrets; the Federal Election Commission reports that Moskowitz gave the pro-Trump SuperPAC $1 million more this year. So far this year, Moskowitz has given Loomer $2,800.
Like Loomer, Moskowitz is Jewish and a Zionist. Over the course of several decades, she and her late husband, Irving Moskowitz, spent millions buying property for Jewish people in predominantly Arab neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem, the Jerusalem Post reported upon his 2016 death.
Loomer has made accusing people of anti-Semitism one of the hallmarks of her trolling. On her campaign website, she describes herself as a Jewish Conservative investigative journalist and activist.
The name Anthony Cuccolo doesnt pop up much in donor circles. According to the Florida Division of Elections, Cuccolo has never donated to a single in-state candidate. Per FEC records, he hasnt given to a federal candidate in the last 40 years, as far back as the electronic data goes.
This year he made an exception and donated $2,800 to Loomer.
Cuccolo, a retiree according to his FEC disclosure, could easily slip under the radar. But his name pops up in association with Fox News personality Judge Jeanine Pirro; the pair appear to be dating. Cuccolo and Pirro have been together at numerous events in recent years, including one with Eric and Lara Trump at Mar-a-Lago that Pirro posted on Facebook and Twitter. Cuccolos Boca Raton residence is just 30 miles away from West Palm Beach, where Pirro lives.
#Maga at Mar-a-Lago where I was keynote speaker. Along with Lara & Eric Trump, Anthony Cuccolo, Anthony Vecchione and Scott Cohen