An Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis found that roughly one-fifth of the contributions that were collected by Democratic candidates in the state’s most closely watched congressional races were for less than $200. By contrast, Republican candidates raised about 4% of their cash from small donors. The analysis involved contributions reported by the candidates during the first three months of the year, and it included Georgia’s U.S. Senate race and the contests for the 6th and 7th congressional districts. (BITA HONARVAR/STAFF)
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A final tally: How much cash Georgia candidates raised in 2019

Candidates for Georgia’s top offices face a fresh deadline to report how much cash they raised in 2019 as they pivot to an election year. 

A few eagerly trumpeted their latest fundraising totals, while many others held their totals close to the vest. Though fundraising is one component of a campaign, it’s an important test of a candidate’s strength that donors, party officials and activists watch closely.

As 2020 dawns, Democrats competing to challenge U.S. Sen. David Perdue are scrambling to emerge from a jumbled field, while the Republican incumbent aims to distance himself from the pack. 

In Georgia’s other U.S. Senate contest, Democrat Matt Lieberman wants to show he’s a formidable challenger to Kelly Loeffler before he’s joined by a higher-profile contender who could soak up more money and attention. 

Down the ticket, candidates in Georgia’s volatile U.S. House contests are jockeying for front-runner status in crowded campaigns. And state officials who won’t face an election until 2022 seek an early financial edge. 

Here’s a look at disclosures from the latest fundraising quarter, which spans from October through December. We will update the tally as reports trickle in:

Georgia Senate – Perdue race

Democrat Jon Ossoff told the AJC he would report raising more than $1 million over the last three months, though he did not disclose how much he had in his campaign account. Including transfers from his Congressional account, he amassed more than $2 million since entering the race in September.

Other Democratic contenders have yet to report. 

Republican U.S. Sen. David Perdue also has yet to report. In October, he reported more than $6 million in his campaign account. 

Georgia Senate – Loeffler race

U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler has not yet filed her report. She was tapped to the seat in early December by Gov. Brian Kemp, and soon disclosed that she plans to spend at least $20 million of her own cash on her 2020 bid.

Democrat Matt Lieberman said he’ll report raising more than $700,000 since he entered the race in October. He did not disclose his cash on hand.

Georgia 6th District race

Democratic U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath has yet to file her latest financial report. She disclosed roughly $1.3 million in her campaign account.

Republican Karen Handel, a former U.S. House member, has yet to file her latest financial report.

Georgia 7th District race

Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux said she raised more than $310,000 during the latest fundraising period, and will start the year with about $860,000 in cash on hand. The public policy professor has raised more than $1.2 million since entering the race early last year. 

Other top Democratic and Republican contenders for the Gwinnett-based seat have yet to disclose. 

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About the Author

Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.