95% of Ossoff's campaign money comes from other states
As expected, Jon Ossoff pulled in a gigantic fundraising haul of $8.3 million for his effort to replace Tom Price in Congressional District 6. According to his own campaign, a vast majority of the cash comes from outside of Georgia.
On Wednesday, Team Ossoff revealed to the Atlanta Journal Constitution that 95 percent of contributions to the Democrat’s campaign were from out-of-state. That includes more than $1 million, which came compliments of the far-left website the Daily Kos.
For voters engaged in the race, the news is sure to raise some questions. Already, Ossoff has taken heat for embellishing his national security background and reporting thousands in personal income thanks to business dealings with Al Jazeera.
Additionally, the 30-year-old political newcomer doesn’t even live in the district he’s seeking to represent.
In March, a campaign spokesperson told 11Alive that Ossoff lives “about 10 minutes south” of Congressional District 6, but argues that he grew up in the district and moved away to be near his long-time girlfriend. He says he plans to move back to the district once she completes medical school.
While state laws say that representatives must reside in the district they are running for, no such requirement exists for congressional candidates. The U.S. Constitution simply requires that the person be a resident of the state.
It usually doesn’t bode well at the ballot box. In 2016, former Rep. Paul Broun attempted to primary Congressman Doug Collins, though he did not live in the district. It became a sticking point against the campaign, and he ultimately lost after garnering only 22 percent of the vote.
Still, Ossoff has unified anti-Trump Democrats who remain motivated to make his campaign a statement against the current presidential administration. However, he must be able to convince Independents that his personal interests align with that of voters, in which case the facts work against him.