VERIFY: Is Jon Ossoff's campaign funded from outside of Georgia?

11Alive's Matt Pearl dug through 17,000 pages of Ossoff's campaign finance disclosures and verifies where the money came from.

It seems the biggest insult you can say about someone wanting to represent us in Washington is that the candidate represents Washington, not us. That’s the charge being leveled by Republicans at 6th district frontrunner Jon Ossoff.

For example, here’s what Karen Handel said at Wednesday’s debate,  “Let’s be realistic, $4 million was not raised in $10, $20, $30 increments. It is being bankrolled by Nancy Pelosi and the liberal left.”

Ossoff’s response: “I’m proud that I have built a diverse coalition that spans the political spectrum here in Georgia.”

11Alive can now verify where Ossoff's money is coming from. Ossoff’s campaign finance disclosures were released on Thursday, and 11Alive reporter Matt Pearl pored over them.

The data comes straight from the Federal Election Commission. The overall fundraising numbers are shocking, but so is the amount of fundraising that has come from outside our state.

VERIFY: Is Jon Ossoff’s campaign funded from outside of Georgia?

Let’s start with the overall numbers. Ossoff’s campaign has raised a remarkable $8.3 million in just three months.

For context, that’s more than former 6th District Congressman Tom Price raised in his last three campaigns spanning six years. 

But nearly all of that money has come thanks to a progressive non-profit named ActBlue. They offer “simple, intuitive tools” to help “Democratic campaigns get more donations”. The left-leaning web site Daily Kos has set up an online ActBlue portal to donate to Ossoff.  

So far, of Ossoff’s $8.3 million raised, ActBlue donations make up $7.7 million. And where are they from?

Here’s what we learned from the list of itemized contributions: just 6 percent of Ossoff’s donors live in Georgia. He had more donations from California, New York, and Massachusetts than from Georgia. Compare that to Tom Price. How many of his donors lived in Georgia? 76 percent. %

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That, by the way, only covers what we’re able to see. The majority of Ossoff’s donations are under $200, which means they don’t need to be itemized. That means we can’t see who – or where – they’re from.

Having said all that, even if you only include contributions from Georgia, Jon Ossoff has still raised substantially more money than his competitors: nearly twice as much as even his nearest Republican rivals. But his diverse coalition definitely extends far beyond the boundaries of the 6th District.

11Alive has the most extensive digital coverage of the 6th district special election

VERIFY: Sources

  • Federal Election Commission 

VERIFY: Resources

READ | Federal Elections Commission campaign financial disclosure portal

 

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