Democrat Challenger Overtakes Marjorie Greene In Fundraising Cash

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) has been outraised — by a considerable margin — by one of the Democrats hoping to unseat her in the upcoming midterm elections. In the first quarter of this year, Democratic contender and veteran Marcus Flowers raised over $2.4 million, ending up far ahead of Greene’s fundraising total for the quarter, which was less than $1.1 million. Across the first quarter, Greene also reported a loss — her campaign reported some $1.38 million in spending over the first few months of this year, meaning that those recent campaign expenses ended up some $314,000 above last quarter’s fundraising.

Greene, however, apparently has more than Flowers in cash on-hand, with over $3 million, compared to the total of about $1.9 million for Flowers. Throughout this campaign cycle, Greene has brought in around $8.4 million, while Flowers has raised about $7.1 million and counting. Greene’s district is unfortunately heavily Republican, meaning she could win re-election on the strength of her party affiliation even as she remains mired in national scandals such as her connection to the Trump-inspired attack on the Capitol. Greene recently faced a challenge to her eligibility for re-election because of those ties; the challenge is connected to the provisions of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that restrict those who were engaged in insurrection from running for office. A federal judge dealing with a similar challenge to the eligibility for office of Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) concluded that a 19th Century law that removed political restrictions from those who’d been associated with the Confederacy also applied to future insurrectionists, although that interpretation — essentially making those provisions of the 14th Amendment irrelevant — doesn’t appear to be some kind of legal gospel.

Greene’s hefty campaign expenses last quarter included hundreds of thousands of dollars that she sunk into fundraising that evidently didn’t entirely pay off. As previously reported here, Greene’s campaign doled out over $400,000 for printing, postage, and other expenses associated with direct mail in the first few months of this year, and overall, the Greene campaign spent more than $735,000 on its fundraising last quarter. In the first quarter, Greene’s campaign also spent about $140,000 on personal security, which included three payments to a security firm called the KaJor Group that also protected accused murderer-turned-right-wing celebrity Kyle Rittenhouse during his trial in Wisconsin last year. The Greene campaign has also paid $10,000 to none other than John Eastman, the former Trump attorney who — when still working with Trump — helped formulate harebrained proposals for ways to overturn the presidential election outcome and has since become a target of the House committee investigating the Capitol riot.

Control of both houses of Congress will be at stake in the upcoming midterm elections. Democratic control of the Senate will be important for (among other reasons) avoiding even the possibility of seeing the enactment of the bonkers plan Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) recently put forward that pushes the prospect of — no joke — raising over half the country’s income taxes.