Democrats’ New Fundraising Issue: Out of District Donations

By NTK Staff | 09.07.2017 @2:06pm
Democrats’ New Fundraising Issue: Out of District Donations

No, it’s not the DNC this time. Democrats running against Republican incumbents in Congress are receiving a staggering amount of donations from outside their districts.

According to a report, “more than 90 percent of the money raised” by Democratic challengers who are seeking Congressional seats have come from outside the districts these Democrats hope to represent.

Roll Call reported on Thursday:

“And for nearly a dozen Democratic challengers who have raised at least $50,000 in individual contributions worth at least $200 each during the first half of this year, more than 90 percent of the money raised came from outside their districts, a Roll Call review of Federal Election Commission data found.”

The high percentage of out of district donations, though, should concern Democrats. Democrat Jon Ossoff is a recent example of this strategy backfiring on a candidate.

Ossoff, who ran in the 2017 special election to represent Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District – the most expensive House race in American history – received a staggering $23 million in donations from outside of the district.

The New York Times reported:

“Most of the itemized contributions to Mr. Ossoff were from large Democratic states like California and New York. Just 14 percent came from Georgia.”

Republican groups were quick to pounce on Ossoff’s out of district donations and effectively tied him to the unpopular House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, resulting in a victory for Republican candidate Karen Handel.

Before Democrats tout these fundraising numbers too much, they should remember what happened to their once rising star Jon Ossoff.

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