Nearly $14M in ads have flooded Georgia’s Sixth for special election

Democrat Jon Ossoff. Bob Andres/AJC.

Candidates and outside groups have spent nearly $14 million on an unending ad blitz in the race to replace Rep. Tom Price’s suburban Atlanta seat, and that tally that will surely grow in the final days before Tuesday’s nationally-watched vote.

An analysis of the advertising obtained by the AJC shows the biggest spender by far is Democrat Jon Ossoff, a former Congressional aide who is eyeing a historic upset in next week’s vote.

His campaign has spent more than $5.3 million on radio, TV and cable ads since late February. He can afford it: He’s raised more than $8.3 million and spent the bulk of it on advertisements introducing himself, vowing he’ll stand up to Donald Trump and countering attack ads.

No Republican candidate can match his financial firepower, though Dan Moody came the closest. One of 11 GOP contenders in the race, the former state senator pumped about $2 million into campaign ads, including spots with an endorsement from Sen. David Perdue and an attack on GOP rival Karen Handel.

Other GOP contenders trailed in ad spending. Judson Hill spent nearly $400,000 on ads – including a recent one that also targeted Handel – and Bob Gray has pumped another $240,000 into cable and broadcast spots. Handel, who leads the GOP field in most polls, has spent less than $100,000 on ads.

Two major outside groups have provided two of the candidates with a major boost. Club for Growth, which backs Gray, has spent roughly $500,000. And Ending Spending, a super PAC that endorsed Handel, reserved more than $700,000 in ads – and said it expects the spend about $1.5 million through Tuesday.

Their ads largely ignore Ossoff, but two national GOP groups have unleashed nearly $4 million in ads assailing him. Many criticize the 30-year-old former Congressional aide’s experience, paint him as a liberal or cast him as a threat to conservative values.

The biggest spender is the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC with ties to House GOP leaders which has spent more than $2.1 million on a wave of attack ads targeting Ossoff. The group’s latest ad, unveiled Thursday, is the latest in a string that ties Ossoff to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

The National Republican Congressional Committee has unleashed another $1.8 million in commercials seeking to thwart Ossoff’s campaign. And other major groups are weighing in: The Republican National Committee recently swooped in with an anti–Ossoff buy.

Check out the Congressional Leadership Fund’s latest ad below:

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John Weeks
John Weeks

With any luck it WON'T buy a Congressional seat.

Rocky Buldo
Rocky Buldo

Republicans demand unlimited money, thwarted public financing. Today "Citizens United " is the law of the land. "Tired of winning "? perhaps thats why #Cult45 is always so upset?

Jessica Swords
Jessica Swords

You would think it would by a more creative logo than one crappy one ripped off from Obama.

Jc Heard
Jc Heard

What a waste of money! All this just to try and put a liberal in office that could care less about the job!

James Campbell
James Campbell

Sad to think voters don't really think about who they vote for, they just vote for whoever can spend the most money. Highest level of ignorance.

Cecelia Landress
Cecelia Landress

Such a waste.... He could have done so much more with the money.

Randy Cannady
Randy Cannady

Buyer's remorse, if he wins the election.....won't take long for his constituents to request a refund, i'm betting!

Lisa Fuller
Lisa Fuller

Part of Clintons team. He is. A problem.

Hank Quinn
Hank Quinn

I'm an old boomer and it's time for us to get out of Washington. I voted for our next generation of leadership: Jon Ossoff! I'm extremely happy!

Jim Dempsey
Jim Dempsey

Get those fat, greedy elephants out! \U0001f418

Tom Irish
Tom Irish

Soros sponsored. Clinton approved. Washington doesn't need another like him.

Another comment
Another comment

Moody was on the Ga Dot Board when they decided to store the conduit and cable under I-85. He as an electrical engineer and a board member had a fiderciary responsibility to safe guard the public.

Robert J. Simon
Robert J. Simon

Ossoff is a Washington liberal, another Obama or Hilary, his mommy Nancy paid his way, he is not even from here !

John Anthony Mooradian
John Anthony Mooradian

This schmuck doesn't even live in the district where he's running. The guy is only a puppet for the establishment.

Kristen Daddow-Rodriguez
Kristen Daddow-Rodriguez

Live in the 6th, i no joke get at least 5 mailers per day, some from the same canidates on the same day. Such a waste

Bruce Johnson
Bruce Johnson

California and New York are trying to buy a Georgia election

Katherine Payne
Katherine Payne

Millions did not help Hillary. People are tired of the destructive democrats. Vote Trump! We are going in the right direction.

Annie Cook
Annie Cook

You watch the dirty old men channel. Not a strong woman, obviously.

Karl M Anderson
Karl M Anderson

Way too much money on politics for it to be about the people. It's about the money.

John LaPorta
John LaPorta

Please if your IQ is below 25 vote Dumbocrap they are counting on all you stupid people!

Carl Harold Taylor
Carl Harold Taylor

Please do not vote for this wimp. He wouldn't help either party. Vote Republican.

Bonnieandjoe
Bonnieandjoe

The negative ads by the RNCC are irritating and full of alternate facts. The same tactics used by DT which attacks and uses fear as its motivation.

Shelley Lange Rahiya
Shelley Lange Rahiya

Jon is running a positive campaign and he really means to work with everyone in D.C.

Brenda Wilkins
Brenda Wilkins

I don't know why anyone would support the Democrat party.

Gabriele Bernhard
Gabriele Bernhard

$14 million + to get him voted in - just think about how many People that would house and feed or pay for their expensive ObamaCare. What a shame!

Annie Cook
Annie Cook

But the bomb trump dropped tonight was such a Christian thing to do.

Dera Weaver
Dera Weaver

Any of you righteous Republicans ever hear of the Koch brothers???

Gabriele Bernhard
Gabriele Bernhard

Annie Cook I guess you won't mind ISIS coming over here and setting you on fire.

Gail Reece Hawkins
Gail Reece Hawkins

As I said before this guy doesn't have a voice if elected. He will do and vote exactly like the house and senate minority leaders tell him to. All congressional democrats are zombies who will never speak out against their party. For once I would like to see them voice their own opinion.

Arden Jones
Arden Jones

I can't remember a single GA republican ever standing up against the GOP. I'm sure you have lots of examples

Margaret Mishra
Margaret Mishra

It is time for the young people to make decisions about their future. Our older generation has not done much to prepare for their future

Jan Long
Jan Long

Waiting for a Republican to refute your statement .

Gail Reece Hawkins
Gail Reece Hawkins

Republicans do speak out against their party if their views differ and voice their disagreements on live TV for the world to see. Show me a democrat who ever spoke out against Reid or Pelosi in the past or their new leaders. Watch Fox News and get educated and stop watching the liberal news.

Hank Quinn
Hank Quinn

Gail: This is a generic, robotic statement used by everyone when speaking of their elected foes. How creative. I voted for Jon Ossoff today! Hot Damn!