In the Georgia Special Election set for April 18th, Democrat Jon Ossoff, a filmmaker and former congressional aide, just raised an incredible $8.3 million for his House campaign— not only 18 times higher than his leading competitors, but a record for a Georgia congressional election.
Heading into the “jungle primary,” Ossoff has $2.1 million in cash on hand. His closest two Republican opponents combined do not have as much as Ossoff alone; Republican Karen Handel has raised $463,000 with $183,000 cash on hand and former Republican state Senator Judson Hill has raised $473,000 with $113,000 cash on hand.
Of the nearly half million that Hill raised, though, over $47,000 came from political action committees, or PACs, many of which are Washington-based. Ossoff, on the other hand, has relied on small donations to support his congressional bid
The issue of corporate donations and moneyed interests seeping into government was a dominating issue in the 2016 presidential campaign, and seems to have reared its head again as the left continues to rail against its presence in politics.
Ossoff is looking to pass the 50 percent threshold on April 18th in order to avoid a runoff against a consolidated Republican field. At a campaign stop, he said:
“The campaign’s goal is not to get into a runoff, though we’ll be ready to fight a runoff if necessary. The campaign’s goal is to win this election outright on April 18.”
The Georgia 6th District has become a referendum on the Trump administration; the fact that this solidly red district is instead turning blue is a clear and definite commentary on America’s dissatisfaction with the President.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.