Kemp’s committee also launched a six-figure campaign earlier this year to boost vulnerable GOP incumbents and target a handful of Democrats in competitive districts. And officials say the group will soon amp up its spending in key swing areas.
“While others look to 2026, Gov. Kemp is laser-focused on ensuring we maintain our majorities in the General Assembly, put Democrats in swing districts on defense, and support strong conservative leaders in both chambers in 2024,” said Kemp adviser Cody Hall.
Kemp’s leadership committee has quickly morphed into a parallel fundraising and voter turnout structure that has filled a void left by the Georgia GOP, a once-powerful organization that used to marshal a flood of spending in competitive races.
Now, much of that work is left to Kemp’s committee, which reported $3.7 million in the bank in July, along with a roster of consultants, pollsters and adsmiths.
The second-term Republican split with the state GOP last year, as then-chairman David Shafer and other party officials openly sided with Donald Trump’s hand-picked candidates over Kemp and three other incumbents in last year’s primaries.
Kemp earlier this year refused to attend the party’s annual convention, which was headlined by Trump, and told high-dollar donors that the 2022 midterm was a sign “we can no longer rely on the traditional party infrastructure to win in the future.”
Meanwhile, the state GOP – which reported roughly $1.4 million in its account in July – has committed to covering the mounting legal fees of three pro-Trump electors charged in Fulton County with subverting Joe Biden’s election victory.
The party spent more than $520,000 in legal fees in the first six months of the year, and is promoting “Fulton Defense Fund” events around the state. So far, it has collected $225,000 in voluntary contributions from presidential contenders to help finance the court costs.
Josh McKoon, the party’s new chair, has aimed to smooth the relationship with Kemp, saying an all-hands-on-deck approach is needed to oust Biden. But several far-right activists elected to key party posts have groused about Kemp and other mainstream Republicans not doing enough to help the state GOP.