A final tally: Ossoff raised nearly $30M in 6th District race

Democrat Jon Ossoff delivers his concession speech in Georgia’s 6th District race. PHOTO / JASON GETZ

Democrat Jon Ossoff wound up raising nearly $30 million for his unsuccessful campaign to represent Georgia’s 6th District – by far the most ever raised in a U.S. House contest – and spent almost every last dime of it.

Campaign filing reports released this week show Ossoff raised about $6.3 million in the final three weeks of the vote and pumped in another $300,000 of his own money – $50,000 from a contribution and $250,000 in loans – in the last stretch. All told, he raised $29,959,740 and had about $13,000 left.

Republican Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, earlier filed paperwork showing she raised $6.3 million throughout the campaign and has $430,000 left for what could be another grueling election bid to represent the suburban Atlanta district.

Campaign records show spending in the race, which pitted 18 candidates competing to succeed U.S. Rep. Tom Price, hovered beyond $60 million to become the most expensive election of its kind. The contest set one spending record after another as it became a nationally-watched proxy fight over Donald Trump, the healthcare overhaul and the battle for suburbia.

Ossoff’s final fundraising tally puts him in a unique orbit.

In roughly six months, he raised far more than John Kasich and several Republican presidential candidates during the 2016 cycle, more than House speakers Paul Ryan and John Boehner – and more than Russ Feingold, a Wisconsin Democrat whose losing campaign for Senate set the 2016 fundraising record of $24.5 million.

The June 20 runoff drew about 260,000 voters – eye-popping turnout for this type of special election in Georgia that helped power Handel to a 4-point victory. Ossoff, 30, has not yet announced whether he’ll challenge Handel next year but said that he’s “not done fighting.”

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Some other takeaways from the recent final filings:

Republican Dan Moody, a former state senator, wound up putting more than $3 million of his own money into his failed campaign for the seat. He raised another $130,000.

Republican Judson Hill, another former state senator, took in more than $640,000 in contributions – and lent his campaign another $160,000 from his bank account.

Republican Bob Gray, a former Johns Creek councilman, also dipped deep into his wallet, loaning his campaign $500,000 atop the $330,000 he raised.

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Melanie Barrett
Melanie Barrett

Ossoff didn't "raise" the money. Soros money was funneled into Ossoff' campaign. Do you know why?

Jakob Eliphas
Jakob Eliphas

Tells you how much money the democrat mafia has hidden away from good purposes like education and healthcare

Carla Spencer
Carla Spencer

Throwing money to fix elections & play dirty politics doesn't make you the right person for the job.

Michael Cardoza
Michael Cardoza

His puppet masters could not fool the real Americans in Georgia.

Thomas Callahan
Thomas Callahan

Easy, just call George Soros. Having money donors does not mean you will listen to your people, usually the opposite.

Ted Griffin
Ted Griffin

Well Hell Georgians can always use that thirty million.........

Larry Cartee
Larry Cartee

This should tell the democrats how they are done They are clowns with no money no respect no leaders they are threw I could not believe they sent a fade southerner to Georgia Every one isn't stupid like old John Lewis

Troy Cooper
Troy Cooper

I am so glad to see a bunch of Liberal Idiots waste a lot of there money.

June Hogan
June Hogan

I believe that ALL Georgians should pay a 1% sales tax to update the old voting machines that are easily manipulated .. and also that the SOS should take a lie detector test to prove he did not give a false results.

Tim Ryles
Tim Ryles

Might as well been 30 pieces of silver. Democrats never learn.

David Graham
David Graham

Good work, Jon. We'll do better next time!

JK1951
JK1951

Say what you want about Trump but it would appear that the majority of Americans are voting against socialism.

Shane Taylor
Shane Taylor

Yea, he raised all that money From Out of state, fruit loop liberals and still lost. Hey Liberals, America has rejected your stupidity, you LOST!!! See Ya!!

David Johnson
David Johnson

Jon Ossoff is a thief, brainwashing innocent people to donate to his worthless cause. He AND NANNY PANY PISSLOSKI ARE Georgia's number # 1 D-LICKER'S PIG SCUM LOSERS !!!

John Johnson
John Johnson

And we wonder if our system is broken? On second thought, maybe OUR system is still working and Pelosi's is broken

Mary Miller
Mary Miller

Probably stolen money from American tax payers that's crooks in crimes gave him .

David Owens
David Owens

All for nothing- zip - bupkis- nada. Down the political toilet!

David Holt
David Holt

I could get some badly needed sidewalks constructed in my neighborhood for that kind of money.

William E Howell
William E Howell

Roger Laux, don't you think this would be worthy of National News?

Roger Laux
Roger Laux

The funds were spent for a sole purpose, Trump bashing. Setting the stage for 2018 house races. Ossoff lost by only 4% in a District typically where Reb usually win by 10 to 25%. A loss is a loss however he came close. These special elections were all won by Reb even where millions where spent by the Dems. It in its self a huge story being under reported because of the Corrupt Media.

Lynn Bollinger
Lynn Bollinger

I hope Jon Ossoff is not finished with politics. I think he has much to offer

Angela Dawn Selden
Angela Dawn Selden

He did not raise money--DEMS sent $$ money in from Calif.mostly wanting Socialism . We all saw through his lies!!!

JFitzgerald Myers
JFitzgerald Myers

Keep in mind the remaining balance of this money goes to the DNC. He and Hillary raised alot of money. I'm certain all was not used. The DNC has a huge war chest.

Charles Smith
Charles Smith

Wow. That would have house a lot of homeless, feed a lot of hungry children and helped a lot of sick people.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

It is over. He lost with all that money. Why is this still newsworthy?

Deb Erwin Powell
Deb Erwin Powell

Hey guess what - I live in the 6th district and yea, donated several times...

Randy Taylor
Randy Taylor

What a waste of money. How many positive things could $30M do.

Jay Ansley
Jay Ansley

Like his idol Hillary, money didn't buy him success.............MPA

Ken Wats
Ken Wats

That shows you how CROOKED POLITICS IS.

Thomas Meduri
Thomas Meduri

Money is not an issue anymore. Trump beat Hillary he spent 380 million Hillary spent nearly 1.3 billion

Thomas Meduri
Thomas Meduri

Robert Willett he owned the tv but media like CNN MSNBC abc cbs all negative. Trump dominates internet media

Rob Danner
Rob Danner

I bet 90% of it came from California and New York liberals

Steve Britt
Steve Britt

Special interest puppet. God bless the voters that told him to pound sand somewhere else!