Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's campaign committee goes into the red for the first time, clocking up a fundraising deficit totaling $314,000

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images
  • Marjorie Taylor Greene's campaign committee reported its first net loss since she was elected.

  • It spent about $1.38 million in the first quarter of 2022 and banked $1.06 million in donations.

  • The spending included $140,000 for her security and a retainer fee to Trump lawyer John Eastman.

The campaign committee for Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene reported its first net loss since she was elected, according to a Friday filing with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

The filing revealed a $314,000 deficit over the first three months of 2022, and previous contribution totals were revised down by more than $100,000.

Rep. Greene's campaign committee, Greene for Congress, spent about $1.38 million in the first quarter of 2022 while receiving $1.06 million in donations.

Her committee is known to be one of the top fundraisers in the House and has consistently generated more donations than it has spent.

The first quarter of 2022 saw an increase in spending for the Georgia congresswoman, particularly towards fundraising, personality security, and the hiring of Trump lawyer John Eastman.

Fundraising made up a large portion of the spending. The congresswoman expanded her digital fundraising operation to include direct mail, and spent more than $400,000 on printing, postage, and associated expenses.

Greene also spent around $140,000 on her security, sending monthly payments to KaJor Group, a company that also protected Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse during his trial last year.

Prior to the 2020 election, Greene had received free protection from members of the Oath Keepers anti-government militia group, according to The Daily Beast.

The outlet said a spokesperson for Greene declined to comment on the hiring of the security firm, but did cite an uptick in threats to the congresswoman, including the arrest of a New York man who made threatening calls to her office.

"Our staff has reported over 20 threats to Capitol Police in the past week," the spokesperson told the outlet in a text message, along with a link to Greene's response to Jimmy Kimmel joking about her on his show.

Greene also hired Trump lawyer John Eastman, paying a $10,000 retainer for his firm the Constitutional Counsel Group, on January 14.

Eastman gained notoriety for penning a memo outlining a plan for then-Vice President Mike Pence to hand Donald Trump the 2020 election.

In a previous statement to Insider's C. Ryan Barber, Greene's campaign declined to provide details about Eastman's legal work.

"Dr. Eastman is one of the leading constitutional attorneys in the country. When we need advice on significant constitutional issues, we have occasionally sought his counsel," a campaign spokesperson said.

"The particular issues for which we sought his advice are protected by attorney-client privilege."

Greene is currently facing a constitutional challenge to block her from running for reelection on the grounds that she aided the January 6 insurrection.

However, the candidacy challenge, filed in March, came after Greene's campaign had already hired Eastman in January.

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