Perdue, Warnock lead Georgia field in fundraising in Senate races

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Newly-appointed U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler and U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, her most formidable Republican challenger, essentially matched each other in fundraising over the first three months of the year.

They were both surpassed, however, by Democrat Raphael Warnock, who is aiming to consolidate his party’s support in a wild 21-candidate November special election.

The two bitter Republican rivals both collected roughly $1.1 million over the first three months of the year, and they traded barbs Wednesday as they filed their reports.

Meanwhile, Warnock netted $1.5 million since he entered the race in late January, and he ended the quarter with a warchest of roughly $1.2 million in cash. Several other Democrats lagged far behind him in the race for campaign cash.

Not surprisingly, though, Loeffler emerged with the heftiest bankroll of all: She reported more than $6 million in cash on hand, thanks to a second $5 million check she stroked to her campaign.

A wealthy financial executive, she’s promised to spend at least $20 million of her own cash to boost her November bid, though she’s been dogged by questions about her stock transactions during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement, Loeffler spokesman Stephen Lawson jabbed at Collins, saying that voters “are turning away from career politicians and toward proven conservative leaders like Kelly Loeffler who have put politics aside” during the pandemic.

Collins’ campaign swung back, saying the congressman “ tied her and did it with $20 donations from farmers and blue collar workers from Perry to Paulding County.”

In Georgia’s other U.S. Senate race, David Perdue raised about $1.6 million and amassed $9 million in cash on hand - by far the most of any Georgia candidate.

His top Democratic challenger, Jon Ossoff, reported roughly $1.8 million in cash after raising $1 million over the last three months.

Two other prominent Democrats trailed behind Ossoff,  a prolific fundraiser who collected roughly $30 million during his 2017 special election bid.

Former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson reported a fundraising haul of about $615,000 and ended with $430,000 in her account.

And Sarah Riggs Amico wound up with $280,000 cash in the tank, though her campaign said she’d dip into her wallet to make another “large” contribution on top of the $750,000 she has already loaned her campaign.

Here’s a look at disclosures in key races from the latest fundraising quarter, which spans from January through March.

Georgia Senate – Loeffler race

U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler wrote herself another $5 million check and raised an additional $1.2 million over the last three months. She will report about $6.1 million in cash on hand. In all, she's loaned herself $10 million. Read more here.

Democrat Raphael Warnock, who entered the race on Jan. 30, will report he raised $1.5 million over two months of the campaign. He ended the quarter with roughly $1.2 million in cash on hand. Read more here.

Matt Lieberman, another Democrat, has $308,582 in his account after raising $267,074.

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins reported raising about $840,000 in roughly two months since entering the campaign, and he transferred another $1.65 million from his House account, where he collected another $250,000 during the first quarter. He has about $2.2 million in his campaign coffers. Read more here.

Georgia Senate – Perdue race

U.S. Sen. David Perdue raised roughly $1.6 million from donors over the first three months of the year, and has amassed a campaign war chest of $9 million to boost his re-election bid in November. Read more here. 

Democrat Jon Ossoff raised about $1 million during the first three months of the year and will report more than $1.8 million in his campaign account for his bid to oust U.S. Sen. David Perdue. Read more here.

Teresa Tomlinson, a Democrat, reported a fundraising haul of $613,883 for the quarter. She has $435,720 in her account.

Democrat Sarah Riggs Amico raised about $163,000 over the last fundraising quarter and she had roughly $280,000 in cash on hand. Her campaign said she’s poised to pump another “large” loan into her bid, after loaning herself $750,000 since entering the contest.

Georgia 6th District race

U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath, the Democratic incumbent, announced that she had raised $1,072,000 this quarter, with 95% of those donations coming from people who gave $200 or less. She has $2.6 million in her campaign account.

Republican Karen Handel has $966,366 in cash on hand after receiving $283,155 in contributions.

Joe Profit, a Republican, raised $119,094 this quarter and loaned his campaign an additional $24,000. In total he has loaned $164,200 and has $196,046 in his campaign account.

Georgia 7th District race

Republican Mark Gonsalves raised $48,441 this quarter and loaned his campaign another $53,000. This brings the total he loaned for this race to $253,000. He has $165,030 in cash on hand.

Republican Lynne Homrich has $273,150 in cash on hand after raising $46,103 and loaning her campaign $80,000 last quarter. In total she has given her campaign $330,000.

Republican Rich McCormick raised $202,275 over the first three months of the year. He also loaned his campaign $30,000 that quarter, bringing the total amount to $247,000. He ends with $542,147 in his account.

State Sen. Renee Unterman, a Republican, raised $78,849 last quarter and currently has $726,326 in cash on hand. She previously loaned her campaign $602,841.

Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux, who narrowly lost to incumbent U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall in 2018, raised $326,131 and has $1 million in her account.

Democrat Nabilah Islam has $81,582 in her campaign account after raising $144,418 last quarter.

State Sen. Zahra Karinshak, a Democrat, raised $135,678 and has $504,025 in cash on hand. She previously loaned her campaign $150,000.

Brenda Lopez Romero, a Democrat, reported raising $15,509 this period. She has $37,546 cash on hand, including a previous $10,000 loan to her campaign.

Democrat John Eaves has $56,368 in his account after raising $17,834 last quarter.

Georgia 9th District race

Republican State Rep. Kevin Tanner has $196,703 in the bank after receiving $172,710 in contributions and loaning his campaign $50,000.’

Ethan Underwood, a Republican, raised $71,800 and loaned his campaign $160,000. He has $188,546 cash on hand.

Republican State Rep. Matt Gurtler has $116,530 in cash on hand after raising $169,757. He also loaned his campaign $7,000.

State Sen. John Wilkinson, a Republican, raised $114,273 and has $96,338 remaining in his account.

Georgia 14th District race

Ben Bullock, a Republican, has $74,564 in the bank after raising $54,812 this quarter.

Republican Kevin Cooke has $47,773 cash on hand and raised $98,604.

Dr. John Cowan, running for the seat as a Republican, raised $521,582. He has $452,764 in his account.

Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene has $490,014 in cash on hand after raising $154,432 last quarter. She previously loaned her campaign $700,000.

Matt Laughridge, a Republican, has $308,735 in the bank after raising $319,124 this quarter, including a $250,000 loan from the candidate.

Republican John Barge raised $24,151 and loaned his campaign $150,000. He has $139,845 in cash on hand.

Other candidates have yet to file.

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