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Ken Place to stay competitive with Abrams in funding

So if new funding numbers are released within a few days, the disclosure will take a significant lead from Abrams. It means that it is likely to indicate that you are in Kemp. As a result, incumbents are accelerating their funding efforts to keep pace as much as possible.

Abrams officially participated in the race last December, according to the financial disclosure form of each campaign committee submitted in March. By now, Abrams may have already overtaken Kemp. The submission period for the second quarter ends on June 30, and the results will be announced in early July.

"Stacey Abrams has always been an elite fundraiser, and I don't think its dynamics will change," said Chiplake, a veteran Georgia Republican consultant. "See, he (Kemp) doesn't have to exceed Stacey Abrams, but he's never blown out of the water."

In addition to his incumbent benefits,Kemp is in his bitter primary. Really strong after Kemp's big victory over David Padew shocked the governor for the general election.

{23 However, to keep up with Abrams' funding speed, Kemp's team is expanding contact with donors outside Georgia. Several funding consultants to get the job done.

"We participated in this general election. We are fully aware that salaries will be raised and spent," said Kemp spokesman Cody Hall. "But it's a question of how much we can keep pace, and we're confident about it."

Hall, more national funding, Kemp He added that he should have done better in 2018 and is currently prioritized.

This includes selling directly to well-known donors within the party. Last October, Kemp flew to Wisconsin to meet Liz Uihlein, CEO of the giant Uline billionaire with a campus in Braselton, Georgia, northeast of Atlanta.

Uihlein's political adviser Tony Povkovich told POLITICO that the two had discussed family, voter integrity, state recovery from Covid, and the port of Savannah. After that, Uihlein wrote two checks on Kemp. One is $ 250,000 in January and the other is $ 150,000 in April, according to the financial disclosure form of the Georgians First Leadership PAC, Kemp's PAC.

Some of PAC's largest donations come from domestic companies such as Uline, which operates in Georgia, according to the latest financial disclosure form. One of them is Majestic Realty, a private development company for commercial real estate based in California and branch office in Atlanta, which provided Kemp with $ 250,000 last November.

Another two years ago, connecting to Brett Steele, Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Smith Douglas Homes, a homebuilding company based in Woodstock, Georgia, operating throughout the southeast. SDH Management Service, an LLC. .. SDH sent $ 150,000 to PAC in July 2021.

Kemp also attracted national figures in fundraising. In particular, former President George W. Bush, who chipped $ 5,000 at an event in Texas.

"When I'm in a shootout, I don't care where the ammunition was made, I just need it," said John Watson, chairman of the Georgia Republican Party in the 2018 elections. I am. cycle. "Therefore, there is active support for domestic donors and smaller donor programs, which will continue. I think this will be an absolutely important part of Kemp's overall financial plan.

To increase the number of donations to Abrams, Kemp's campaign also maintains the services of several financial consulting firms. According to Kemp's campaign spokesman, Tate Mitchell, the campaign consulting group has dealt with state funding. Kemp's team is also paying for support from the Washington, D.C.-based company Dogwood Consulting Group (in collaboration with the Senate Leadership Fund), and Briarwood Strategies, which the Scalise Leadership Fund and Drew Ferguson adopted for this cycle and finally in Congress. increase. For funding consulting, according to disclosure to the Federal Election Commission.

Leadership PAC is the first in this election cycle in Georgia. For the first time, Governor candidates are able to accept unlimited donations and carry out leadership PACS that coordinates directly with candidates in addition to key campaign committees. Kemp has already raised an additional $ 4.7 million through this new campaign tool.

It is not yet known how much Abrams Leadership PAC has brought. Abrams launched the PAC in March, but had to stop donating until he won the primary election in May and became the official Democratic governor candidate. Since he is incumbent, the law allowed Kemp to raise money for his PAC even before Primary.

Based on the initial disclosures submitted by the contributors, Abrams has at least $ 3.5 million. Of that amount, $ 1 million comes from Democracy II, a liberal-run PAC. Megadonor George Soros. $ 1 million from the Democratic Governor's Association. $ 1.5 million from FairFight Inc, a non-profit political action committee founded by Abrams in 2018.

Her campaign committee is about $ 20.8 million, slightly behind Kemp's campaign committee, but she's raising money. Less than half the time. She also suspended her funding after the Supreme Court's decision on abortion was published to support the reproductive rights group.

Georgia's election margins are so thin that it has made funding more competitive since the last governor's election. Joe Biden won the state with less than 12,000 votes in the presidential election. In the last cycle of the Senate elections, Democratic Senators John Osov and Raphael Warnock won 50,000 and 90,000 votes in the finals, respectively. And all four senators on the ballot broke the funding record. In a single reporting period of two months before the election,candidates brought in more than $ 340 million in total.

Abrams once persuaded the Democrats to campaign prior to the 2020 general election, she said Georgia was a "cheap day". She was right about the opportunity to get more Democratic officers, as seen in the results of the 2020 cycle, but those results are costly and this year's race is expected to continue this trend. To.

"Every cycle will be more expensive, and I think this will be more expensive than last time — as with all future election cycles," Watson said. "So whatever the previous cost, I can guarantee you only one thing: it will be higher this time."