September 29, 2022

A look at how much Georgian political candidates have raised

Low profile races get a fraction of the best races.

ATLANTA — Georgia political candidates are releasing campaign fundraising reports showing the millions of dollars donors are pouring into Democrats and Republicans trying to gain or keep power in the Peach State.

A privileged few benefit the most.

For every hour voters could have seen Senator Raphael Warnock in April, May and June – behind the scenes, contributors were handing over the Warnock campaign around $7,875 a day. This is for every hour, night and day, for the 91 days of April, May and June.

In other words, Warnock said it raised funds at a rate of $191,111 per day in April, May and June.

“Some races are so nationalized that they’re able to rise a little bit differently from a statewide downvote candidate,” said state Rep. Erick Allen (D-Vinings), who was a candidate for a downvote in the May primary. He lost the race for lieutenant governor.

Warnock raised more in two days on average than Allen raised his entire campaign.

Raising money for the campaign is “not easy, but that’s what you signed up for,” Allen said.

Warnock said he raised $17.2 million over the past three months. His Republican challenger Herschel Walker said he raised $6.2 million.

Further down the ballot, candidates reported more modest runs.

Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who has a national profile, said he raised $305,178 in the two-month period of May and June. His opponent, Democrat Bee Nguyen, raised $874,266.

For real money, go to the governor’s race.

Republican and incumbent Governor Brian Kemp has raised $7.1 million, according to his June 30 disclosure.

Democrat Stacey Abrams announced she raised $22 million. For Abrams, that works out to $360,655 a day; $250.25 per minute – day and night – flowing into his campaign for governor.

“I think it’s because she’s a charismatic candidate with a big message. And right now, Georgia is at the epicenter of politics — not just the gubernatorial race but the Senate race,” a Allen said.

Campaigns will say that most voters have already decided. All those millions are for the handful of people who can’t make up their minds.