Millions of people flock to Georgia congressional races over a year before mid-sessions • OpenSecrets
Millions of dollars poured into the campaign coffers of Georgian politicians running for the House and Senate during the third quarter. The wave of donations highlights the continued national attention to the state of the battlefield ahead of the 2022 midterm.
Leading the fundraising pack is Senator Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.), Who collected $ 9.5 million in the third quarter, the most he has raised in a quarter this year. and the most money a candidate from Georgia raised this quarter.
The first-year senator, who narrowly won his seat in the second round of elections in January and gave Democrats their slim majority in the Senate, raised $ 22.5 million for re-election in 2022.
About 49%, $ 4.6 million, of Warnock’s transport in the third quarter came from small donations, or contributions of $ 200 and under. About $ 160,825 came from ACANs. The Georgia senator spent $ 2.8 million in the third quarter, leaving his total cash at $ 17.2 million.
Warnock was elected alongside Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) In a pair of races that were the most expensive in Senate history. Including outside money, Ossoff’s run cost more than $ 515 million and Warnock’s cost $ 370 million, according to OpenSecrets data.
Ossoff, who is not running for reelection until 2026, collected $ 1.4 million in the quarter, including $ 928,536 in refunds and discounts from suppliers. He received $ 524,837 in total contributions for the period.
Warnock’s run is one of the best chances for Republicans to regain control of the Senate, which sits 50-50 for each party, with Vice President Kamala Harris voting to break the tie. Warnock won its January second round against former Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) With just 51% of the vote.
Warnock’s main Republican opponent, former NFL player Herschel Walker, announced his campaign in late August. While Walker had less time to fundraise than Warnock, the athlete relied on his name recognition and endorsement from former President Donald Trump to boost his early fundraising.
In just over a month, Walker raised $ 3.7 million, overtaking all of his opponents in the Republican primary. About 50%, or nearly $ 1.9 million, came from small donations. He has spent $ 1.2 million since the start of his campaign, putting his money on hand at nearly $ 2.5 million.
Walker’s Facebook campaign page spent nearly $ 290,000 on advertising, according to the social media platform’s advertising library.
His fundraising did not come without controversy. Walker last week called off a fundraiser with conservative filmmaker Bettina Sofia Viviano-Langlais, whose Twitter profile photo contained a rendering of a swastika made up of syringes, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
The campaign initially defended the image as “clearly a mandatory anti-vaccination graphic” before canceling the event and disavowing the Nazi symbol.
Walker’s main opponents in the Republican primary include Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, who raised $ 570,433 in the third quarter, and military veteran Latham Saddler, who raised $ 1.1 million.
Taylor Greene Continues To Raise Millions From Small Dollar Donors
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), The first-year congressman who was stripped of her committee duties in February over her support for social media comments calling for violence against Democratic leaders, continued to raise millions from small donors.
In the third quarter, Greene raised $ 1.5 million, up from $ 1.6 million in the second quarter and $ 3.2 million in the first quarter of 2021. Much of that money came from donations of $ 200 or more. less. More than 70%, or $ 1.1 million, of his third-quarter earnings came from small donors whose identities do not have to be disclosed in Federal Election Commission records.
She spent $ 1 million in the third quarter and has $ 3.2 million in cash.
Greene has largely fundraised nationwide media coverage of his controversial remarks. The MP made anti-Semitic statements, showed her support for the QAnon conspiracy theory and trafficked other debunked theories, including the Parkland shooting and the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Greene’s campaign also shares a key staff member with Walker. Jason Boles, the keeper of Greene’s records, is also Walker’s campaign treasurer.
While Greene has raised nearly $ 6.3 million in the first three quarters of 2021, she likely won’t have to use that money to get re-elected. The Greene District in Northwest Georgia is not competitive. She won her 2020 election with 75% of the vote.
Despite the district’s overwhelming Republican tilt, Greene’s main Democratic opponents have amassed large fundraising sums. Military veteran Marcus Flowers raised $ 1.3 million in the third quarter and Holly McCormack, an insurance agent, raised $ 442,334.
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