Georgia's Brian Kemp raises $3.8M for reelection bid




 

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said Wednesday that his main campaign committee raised $3.8 million in the two months ended June 30, but heavy spending leading up to the Republican's blowout primary win meant that Kemp's total amount of cash on hand continued to decline.

Kemp spokesman Cody Hall said the incumbent's main campaign committee had $6.4 million on hand. That reflects spending of more than $8 million before and just after the May 24 primary when Kemp thrashed former U.S. Sen. David Perdue and others. Kemp had $10.7 million in cash on April 30 and $12.7 million on Jan. 31.

Kemp also raised $3 million for his Georgians First Leadership Committee, Hall said, giving him a total of $6.8 million raised during the period. That special state fundraising vehicle allows the governor to collect unlimited contributions and coordinate spending with his campaign. The committee also spent about $3 million, leaving it with $650,000 on hand.

Democrat Stacey Abrams has yet to report numbers. Other candidates in November are Libertarian Shane Hazel and independent Al Bartell.

Georgia candidates have a grace period to file after the June 30 deadline, and Kemp had not filed his actual report with state ethics officials as of Wednesday evening.

Abrams has raised more than $20 million for her main campaign committee since announcing her campaign in December.

Kemp has raised more than $23 million over a longer period, topping the $22.4 million he raised in his win over Abrams in 2018.

The campaign in closely divided Georgia is likely to blow past old spending records, with a torrent of political spending expected from candidates, political parties and outside groups, especially when combined with the U.S. Senate race between Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker.

Both Perdue and Abrams sued over the leadership committee, saying it was unfair that Kemp could take in large amounts while Perdue and Abrams were barred until they won their party primaries.

After an earlier ruling that Kemp could not spend money from the committee for his campaign against Perdue, U.S. District Judge Mark Cohen ruled that Georgians First Leadership Committee could not solicit or receive contributions until after the primary election made Kemp the Republican nominee for governor. So the $3 million raised for Georgians First would have all come since May 24.

___

Follow Jeff Amy on Twitter at http://twitter.com/jeffamy.

COMMENTS

More Related News

Gov. Kemp says suggesting the Atlanta Braves change their name is
Gov. Kemp says suggesting the Atlanta Braves change their name is 'woke cancel culture,' but Native Americans have found Indian mascots offensive for decades

Many groups have been calling attention to the harmful consequences of using Native stereotypes as mascots.

An organization linked to Stacey Abrams lost a lawsuit to increase voter turnout after a judge found no evidence Georgia
An organization linked to Stacey Abrams lost a lawsuit to increase voter turnout after a judge found no evidence Georgia's voting systems are racially discriminatory

Fair Fight Action argued that Georgia's Exact Match absentee voting system constituted racial discrimination but a federal judge disagreed.

GOP attacks Georgia
GOP attacks Georgia's Abrams on voting as judge rejects suit
  • World
  • 2022-10-01 19:03:04Z

When Democrat Stacey Abrams narrowly lost the Georgia governor's race to Republican Brian Kemp four years ago, she didn't go quietly. Abrams founded Fair...

Federal Judge Upholds Georgia Voting Practices in Blow to Stacey Abrams-Backed Lawsuit
Federal Judge Upholds Georgia Voting Practices in Blow to Stacey Abrams-Backed Lawsuit

A federal judge ruled Friday that Georgia's election practices, while "not perfect," do not violate the Constitution or the Voting Rights Act of 1965...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Latin America