Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff has raised almost 10 times more funds from donors is California that he has from donors in Georgia.
According to Ossoff’s campaign finance report he raised funds from 8.9 times more Californian donors than donors in the state where actually campaigned. He reported only 808 donations from Georgia, compared to 7,218 donations from California. Over 3,000 of those came from the San Francisco Bay area alone.
30-year-old documentary filmmaker Ossoff will face Republican Karen Handel next Tuesday is a bid to take the place of Republican Rep. Tom Price who has been offered the position of secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Handel used Ossoff’s donation sources as evidence that he is out of touch with Georgia voters, “You might live just five miles outside of the district, but your values are nearly 3,000 miles away in San Francisco,” she accused. “That’s why so many of your contributions have come from liberals from California, New York and Massachusetts.”
The Daily Caller reports:
The Golden State isn’t the only place sending big money to Ossoff. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has poured at least $5 million into the race. National Democratic leaders have invested millions into the race, seeing it as not just a chance to steal a traditionally safe seat from Republicans, but also to send a message that voters are soundly rejecting President Donald Trump.
Overall, between March 29 and May 31, Ossoff reported $456,296.03 from California compared to $228,474.44 from Georgia. Ossoff received more than $220,000 from the Bay area alone. The Mercury News noted that the totals were only a fraction of the actual donations since he doesn’t have to report donations of less than $200.
The race between Ossoff and Handel for Georgia’s 6th district, a historically Republican enclave of suburban Atlanta communities, has become the most expensive congressional race in American history.