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.
Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.
Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.