Democrats may have the biggest single money-raiser in the governor’s race this year, but the Georgia Republican Party will head into the fall general election campaign with a huge fundraising advantage.
The state GOP, heavily funded by its elected officials, reported raising $870,740 during the most recent three months, according to disclosures filed with the State Ethics Commission.
The party had $2.58 million banked as of June 30.
The Democratic Party of Georgia raised $335,566 during that period and had $443,287 on hand as of June 30.
The Democrats’ biggest contributors were also elected officials.
The money difference could play a major role in this fall’s governor’s race.
Former Gov. Roy Barnes, the leading Democratic candidate, has raised more money than any other gubernatorial hopeful.
However, in 2006, the state GOP raised millions of dollars – mostly from state lawmakers – to run TV ads for Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue’s re-election campaign.
The party could once again be used as a conduit for the GOP gubernatorial nominee this fall, depending on who wins the party’s nomination. The party establishment has shown little enthusiasm for Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, but it could spend big on one of the other candidates if they win the nomination.