ATLANTA – Donors made donations to Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams’ campaign in the three months ended March 30.
Abrams, who is undisputed for her party’s nomination in the May 24 primary, said she has more than $8 million in cash on hand. Abrams had $7.2 million in cash at the end of January, meaning she had spent almost all of the huge sum she had raised over that period.
The big spend means Abrams has less cash on hand than the $10.7 million that Kemp has. He raised $2.7 million during that period, hampered by a state law that prohibits sitting officials from accepting contributions while state legislatures meet. Kemp raised his money in the 26 days after the April 4 session ended.
Kemp’s cash pile shrank somewhat as he also spent money to defeat his main rival for the Republican nomination, former US Senator David Perdue. This means that Kemp’s liquidity advantage has shrunk somewhat.
Perdue has not yet announced its fundraising and spending for the period. The challenger has struggled to tap into the same network of big donors that has backed his two Senate candidates, despite his support from former President Donald Trump. After having less than $1 million in cash on hand at the end of January, Perdue hinted that he would crack his own $50 million net worth to try and keep up with Kemp’s spending.
Abrams temporarily suspended her own fundraising efforts to urge donors to instead donate to five pro-choice groups after leaking a draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion ruling Roe v. Wade could overturn the landmark 1973 ruling that established a nationwide right to abortion. Her campaign resumed its own fundraising late Wednesday and urged its donors to keep donating to the groups.
The Abrams campaign says 187,000 individual donors have donated money since December, a measure of the fundraising powerhouse the Georgia Democrats are building as they try to build on recent successes in the state. Democratic US Senator Raphael Warnock, attempting to defend his Senate seat, raised $13.6 million in the first three months of 2022. His campaign said it was the highest sum ever raised by a US Senate candidate in the first quarter of an election year.
Georgia fundraising has also sparked a dispute over Kemp’s use of a steering committee, a special state fundraising vehicle that allowed the governor to raise unlimited funds and coordinate spending with his campaign. Both Perdue and Abrams sued the committee, saying it was unfair that Kemp could rake in large amounts while Perdue and Abrams were suspended until they won their party primaries.
After an earlier ruling that Kemp should not spend committee money against Perdue, U.S. District Judge Mark Cohen ruled last week that Kemp’s Georgians First Leadership Committee would not vote until after the primary and a possible runoff that makes him the Republican nominee, Contributions may be solicited or received for Governor.
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