One Republican who worked on the runoff predicted the two races combined could top $ 500 million in total, making them a staple of the most expensive Senate races in history, even if anything happened before Jan. November was issued, would be excluded.
During a campaign rally last week with nominated GOP Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) Who is running in the special election, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) Joked that Georgia television networks “will make a lot of money in the next few Weeks. “
“This is literally the showdown of all showdowns in terms of politics and what it means,” said Rubio.
In the regular race – which runs for a full six-year term – GOP Senator David Perdue ($ 24 million) and Democrat Jon Ossoff ($ 32 million) together booked $ 56 million in ads, according to AdImpact .
Those otherworldly sums, however, are dwarfed by the candidates’ spending in the special elections – which are slated for the last two years of former Senator Johnny Isakson’s tenure and will rise again in the 2022 midterm elections. Democrat Raphael Warnock has reserved $ 25.5 million in television advertising, according to AdImpact. Loeffler has already booked $ 40 million in television commercials for the race.
Loeffler largely self-funded her campaign for the November election, borrowing or donating more than $ 23 million of her own money to the race in which she finished second. Stephen Lawson, a campaign spokesman, said, however, that Loeffler – whose net worth is hundreds of millions – has no plans to spend her own funds on the runoff election.
This has forced Loeffler to pursue a worn-out GOP strategy to combat a flood of Democratic donors: Fox News Channel viewers are asked to send her their change.
“We know that hundreds of millions of dark liberal funds flow into our state. That is why it is so important that everyone is involved across the country, ”says Loeffler said Wednesday on the cable news channel by sharing their campaign website asking people to “put five or ten dollars on their campaign.”
The comments were quickly condemned by the Democrats because Loeffler was interviewed in the Capitol and soliciting donations in federal buildings is prohibited under Senate ethics.
Later that night, Perdue also met Sean Hannity’s prime-time audience to make money.
“If we win Georgia we’ll save America. Honestly, that’s why we need your viewers to help us,” Perdue said, listing his website and asking viewers to “raise a few dollars to help us.”
This isn’t the only way Republicans are using their Fox observation base for campaign money. The ad from the Senate Georgia Battleground Fund, the joint fundraising committee of Perdue, Loeffler, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee, launched a national ad on Fox News Channel to solicit new donations for the fund only.
“If the Democrats win the two runoffs in Georgia, the Republicans will lose control of the Senate. This means that radical liberal measures like the Green New Deal, Medicare for All and the defunding of our police force could become a reality, ”says majority leader Mitch McConnell in a voice over with the website for the fund on the screen throughout the ad.