Liz Cheney and Anthony Gonzalez Form Joint Funding Venture Ahead of Trump 'Revenge Rally'

Ohio Republican Congressman Anthony Gonzalez has teamed up with Wyoming Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney to form a joint fundraising committee, just hours before former President Donald Trump is set to hold a so-called "revenge rally" in support of Gonzalez's congressional seat challenger.

The former president created his own "Save America" Super PAC, which is actively helping GOP primary challengers to unseat any party dissenters who voted to impeach Trump. Gonzalez and Cheney were among the 10 House Republicans who voted in favor of impeaching Trump following the deadly January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Trump's rally is set to take place at Ohio's Lorain County Fairgrounds in Wellington, not far from Cleveland. The event is the first campaign-style rally for Trump since his exit from the White House. He is planning a series of similar public events in the coming weeks that are aimed at fundraising to unseat his congressional critics.

An aide for Gonzalez told Mediaite on Saturday that he and Cheney teamed up to allow easier fundraising from "donors who wanted to write checks to both of them."

An April Federal Election Commissions report obtained by Bloomberg found that the 10 GOP lawmakers who voted to impeach Trump had already pulled in nearly $6.5 million aimed toward helping them get re-elected. A majority of the big-time donors listed in that early 2021 filing were registered Republican voters who handed Gonzalez, Cheney and fellow Trump critic, Illinois GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger, their biggest-ever fundraising quarters.

The Associated Press and numerous political pundits from both sides of the aisle have labeled Saturday night's event in the Buckeye State as part of Trump's "revenge" tour. It is primarily a fundraiser for Gonzalez's chief 16th District GOP challenger, Max Miller, who has dismissed the media's "revenge rally" moniker.

"I have no other interest in doing this other than to serve the people of the 16th District and get an 'America First' conservative in Congress and get one who is a so-called Republican out."

The Ohio Republican Party voted to censure Gonzalez earlier this year. But some local Ohio Republican party chairmen, including Wayne County's Doug Deeken, told outlets that Gonzalez has done a solid job overall.

"Aside from that [impeachment] vote, he has been a very good congressman," Deeken said, per the Washington Times.

Trump declared during a Newsmax interview on Friday that he is targeting "Fake Republicans. Anybody that voted for impeachment doesn't get" his endorsement. Despite preaching a message of Republican Party "unity" at this year's CPAC events, Trump went on to list every single GOP member of the House and Senate who voted to impeach him over the Capitol insurrection.

Newsweek reached out to the offices of Gonzalez and Cheney for any additional remarks about their joint fundraising venture Saturday afternoon.

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From left, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, Andy Barr, R-Ky., and Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio, conduct a news conference on the China Task Force report in the Capitols Rayburn Room on Wednesday, September 30, 2020. Gonzalez has teamed up with Cheney to form a joint fundraising committee, just hours before former President Donald Trump is set to hold a so-called "revenge rally" in support of Gonzalez's congressional seat challenger. TOM WILLIAMS / Contributor/Getty Images