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Buying a Congressional Seat

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If you ever needed a better example of a political party attempting to buy a Congressional seat I do not know where you would find one.

In Georgia there is a congressional seat long held by Republicans, the latest being Tom Price.  Tom Price left the seat vacant recently when he was tapped by President Trump to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.

If you want to know how powerful a congressional seat is, just look at the amount of money being spent in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District with a population of approximately 700,000 people.

To date the total amount of money spent is $40 million and growing.  That is more than $57 for every man, woman and child.

According to an article in The Washington Free Beacon the Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff, has raised more than $23 million in total contributions.

How much of that is from people who live inside Georgia?


How much of that is from people who live outside of Georgia?


Of that 23 million raised the Democratic challenger has spent $22.5 million and has slightly over a cool $1 million of cash on hand.

Now let us turn our gaze at the Republican candidate.

Karen Handel, Georgia’s former secretary of state, has raised about $4.5 million in campaign contributions to date.  That is 500% less than her Democratic opponent.

She has spent approximately $3.2 million or 750% less than her Democratic opponent.

How much of her money raised is from out of state I cannot find but I would assume a good portion.

The point of this article is to show you how much power one congressional seat must have.  For groups to spend over $40 million dollars for a job that pays $174,000 per year is all the proof you need.

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