The record-shattering fundraising hauls made by Georgia Democratic Senate hopefuls Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock are being driven by out-of-state donors in liberal cities like New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, campaign filings show.
As Democrats try to claw back control of the Senate in enormously consequential run-off races on Jan. 5, Ossoff, an investigative journalist, and Warnock, a senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, each raised a stunning $100 million in the last two months, becoming the best-funded Senate candidates in history.
But 95 percent of that money is coming from outside of the Peach State, records show.
According to a Post review of Federal Election Commission data, Ossoff and Warnock’s biggest financial backers are from the Democratic strongholds of New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.
Of the itemizable donations able to be traced, Californians donated $14.7 million to Ossoff’s campaign against GOP incumbent David Perdue — 26.43 percent of his total haul.
New Yorkers gave $6 million to Ossoff’s Senate bid, dwarfing the $2.5 million Georgians donated to his campaign.
Warnock, who is trying to unseat Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler, also scored big in these two states, raising a total of $11.7 million from California and $4.7 million from New York, overshadowing the $2.6 million he raised in Georgia.
The nationwide fundraising blitzes echo earlier races where Silicon Valley, Wall Street and Hollywood opened their wallets to unsuccessfully bankroll multiple Democratic challengers in a bid to hand Joe Biden undivided control of Washington.
The enormous amount of money flowing into the two Georgia runoff races shows how desperate both parties are to control the Senate with Republican grip on the upper chamber hanging in the balance.
It’s estimated both parties have already spent hundreds of millions of dollars on advertising after no candidate reached the required 50 percent of the vote in the first race — forcing a January run-off election.
Biden and Trump both flew to Georgia earlier this month to stump on behalf of their candidates and the president on Sunday announced he will return for another rally on Jan. 4 on the eve of the run-off.
The current balance of the Senate is 50 Republicans and 48 Democrats. As of Thursday, 2 million Peach State voters had already cast their ballots.
If Ossoff and Warnock both win, Kamala Harris as vice president will be the tie-breaking vote and a Biden administration will be able to pass any legislation unchallenged.
The out-of-state donations are reminiscent of the enormous $46 million that was donated to fighter pilot Amy McGrath’s failed challenge against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky.
South Carolina Democrat Jamie Harrison also brought in a record-shattering $57 million in his unsuccessful campaign to unseat Trump ally and Senate Judiciary Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham.
The amount donated to Ossoff and Warnock far outpaces what Perdue and Loeffler, both among the wealthiest members of Congress, have raised.
Perdue raised $68 million over the same 2-month time period while Loeffler hauled in $64 million.
Democrats are hopeful they can flip both seats in the once-ruby red state after Biden narrowly carried Georgia over Trump, becoming the first Democrat to win in a presidential election there since Bill Clinton defeated former President George H.W. Bush in 1992.
However, some GOP analysts have argued it will be harder for the left to convince their voters to come out in an election without Trump on the ballot.