The Big-Name Conservatives Bankrolling This Far-Right Troll's Run for Congress - 2020-08-21
An LA-based music producer who discovered Lady Gaga. The billionaire co-founder of Home Depot. InfoWars founder Alex Jones.
These are just a few of the people who took a gamble on far-right troll Laura Loomer's political aspirations by pouring thousands of dollars into her bid for Florida's 21st Congressional District — which is home to Mar-a-Lago and where President Trump is registered to vote.
Loomer, who has described herself as a "proud Islamophobe," landed a surprise upset in the GOP primary on Tuesday by beating out five other candidates. But winning in November will be a steep challenge. Hillary Clinton won that district by nearly 20% in 2016, and Loomer is facing Democrat Rep. Lois Frankel, who has won reelection twice.
Still, Loomer has so far managed to out-raise her Democratic opponent. She's pulled in $1.6 million, compared to Frankel's approximately $850,000, according to the most recently available FEC filings.