Republican Mowers raised $450K in first four weeks of US House campaign

First District hopeful says total raised breaks NH GOP record for off-year House fundraising

Republican Matt Mowers, making his second run for New Hampshire’s 1st District U.S. House seat, raised more than $450,000 in the first month of his campaign.

The Mowers campaign said the total raised between Mowers’ filing for the office Aug. 30 and the Sept. 30 end of the third quarter was the most money ever raised by a Republican U.S. House candidate in New Hampshire in a single quarter of the year before an election.

“And,” the campaign said, “it was raised in a single month.”

The Mowers campaign shared the fundraising total first with WMUR. It declined to release Mowers’ end-of-quarter cash-on-hand total.

Candidates for federal offices must file their detailed third quarter reports for the July 1-Sept. 30 period with the Federal Election Commission by Oct. 15. Mowers became a candidate Aug. 30.

Mowers’ fundraising total exceeds by more than $100,000 the amount he raised in the first quarter after he announced his 2020 candidacy in mid-January of last year.

Mowers was the GOP nominee for the seat last year, losing by 5 percentage points to Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas.

Pappas has filed for third term representing the 1st District, but there has been speculation that if the GOP-controlled New Hampshire Legislature redraws the state’s congressional district lines to make the district more heavily Republican, he may shift gears and run for another office – possibly governor.

Mowers, meanwhile, said: “I am grateful for the incredible energy and enthusiasm we have felt since announcing our candidacy just a few weeks ago. There is great momentum across the first district to fight for the values that have always made America great but are now under attack by the radical left.

“We are building a grassroots army to defeat the far-left Pappas-Pelosi agenda and to restore New Hampshire’s voice in Congress.”

Mowers, 32, of Gilford, is a former Donald Trump appointee to a top U.S. State Department post, a former executive director of the New Hampshire Republican Party and the former New Hampshire director of the 2016 presidential campaign of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

His 2020 campaign was his first-ever run for elective office.

Mowers is among six Republicans who have filed declarations of candidacy for the 1st District seat with the FEC. The others are former Trump White House assistant press secretary Karoline Leavitt, state Rep. Tim Baxter, U.S. Marine Corps veteran Julian Acciard, businessman Gilead Towne and former broadcast news reporter Gail Huff Brown.