Georgia 6th: How Ossoff and Handel are spending their campaign cash

Democrat Jon Ossoff reported raising a record-setting $15 million in roughly two months ahead of the nationally-watched runoff for Georgia's 6th District congressional seat. That's in addition to the $8.3 million the political newcomer raised ahead of the first round of voting.

So how did he spend those gobs of cash -- in only a few weeks, no less? We now have the answer, thanks to recent paperwork filed with the feds:

Compare that to his Republican competitor Karen Handel, who raised a respectable $4 million during the same two-month period but was greatly surpassed by Ossoff.

Handel kept her campaign operation significantly smaller, according to her filings.

She collectively spent about $53,000 on salaries for 14 people, a more typical size for a congressional campaign. Advertising was Handel's biggest expense, at roughly $1.3 million (including $28,000 for yard signs). Handel also spent roughly $374,000 on polling and consultants.

Overall, Ossoff's campaign burned through its money a lot quicker than Handel's did. The Democrat spent all of the dough he raised during the runoff and more, and kicked off the final three weeks of the race with $1.1 million in the bank. Handel began June with $1.4 million on hand.

The spending by both campaigns, of course, represents of fraction of the more than $40 million that's been spent so far on this behemoth of a race. Both campaigns have been buoyed by a raft of money from super PACs and their respective political parties. We expect to see even more in the days ahead.

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Tamar Hallerman
Tamar Hallerman
Tamar Hallerman is The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Washington correspondent, covering Congress, federal agencies and other government activities that...