Posted: 8:12 pm Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Jason Carter out-raises Nathan Deal in latest fundraising report 

By Greg Bluestein

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Republican incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal. AJC file

Democrat Jason Carter’s campaign was hoping to stay in the ballpark against Gov. Nathan Deal’s donor network. Instead, the Atlanta state senator outpaced the Republican incumbent’s fundraising machine in the three months between April and June.

Deal’s campaign said Tuesday it raised $1.27 million in the second quarter and has $2.6 million in cash on hand going into the final four or so months ahead of the November election. Carter’s camp raised more than $2 million in the same timeframe and has $1.8 million in the bank.

The surprising results will be hard for Deal’s camp to spin, one reason they were likely released so late on Tuesday evening. The campaign noted, though, that 92 percent of its donors came from within the state. A Democratic source said about 70 percent of Carter’s supporters were in-state. We’ll be able to crunch the numbers when we get the full reports.

For Carter, the fundraising numbers prove his network can hold its own – and then some – against the governor’s team. With help from his grandfather, former President Jimmy Carter, the Atlanta Democrat has tapped a rich vein of donors who believe in his chances in November, or are at least willing to hedge their bets.

“There is no question that the momentum in this race is firmly on our side,” Matt McGrath, the Carter campaign manager, said in a statement. “Georgia voters are ready for a new direction, and they are enthusiastic about getting behind Jason’s vision for the state’s future.”

For Deal, it underscores his challenges against a well-financed campaign. Polls show a tight race between the two, but it seemed a given that he would have an insurmountable financial advantage. Carter may never be able to match Deal blow-for-blow over the long haul, but the latest figures show the two will compete through the summer on a somewhat level playing field.

The governor, though, can rely on outside resources that Carter can only dream of matching. He’s spent parts of the last few months raising money for two outside organizations, the Republican Governors Association and the Georgia Victory Fund, which seek to influence the race. Already, the RGA has spent $1.5 million on a pro-Deal ad blitz, and big donors like the Koch brothers are backing the state GOP fund.

Deal spokeswoman Jen Talaber noted that the governor raised “significant amounts” for other entities that were a priority during the second quarter. She also noted that Deal faced a competitive three-way primary while Carter avoided an intraparty fight.

“With the primary, bill review and the trade mission behind us, the campaign is in a strong position heading into the general election,” she said.

Still, it’s become the norm for powerful incumbents at this stage in the race to build a mighty war chest of their own so they don’t have to rely on outside funds. Consider that Deal’s predecessor, Sonny Perdue, raised about $2 million between April and June in his 2006 re-election bid – no eye-popping figure - but had $9 million in the bank for the homestretch. That’s more than three times Deal’s amount.

Deal, for his part, said he was “concerned” about Carter’s fundraising figures but was confident in his campaign’s direction. He also took a shot at his opponent’s boast of attracting 13,000 donors. Said Deal:

“Obviously, any time a political opponent raises a significant amount of money, I am concerned. I saw some of his solicitations for funds asking people to give him $1 so he could increase his number of contributors. A dollar is a dollar. But nevertheless we’ve done a pretty good job of raising money on our own. And we have every reason to believe we’ll continue to be successful.”

 

 

70 comments
td1234
td1234

Yes let us elect Carter that his only claim to fame is to be the chief supporter of turning the HOPE scholarship from one for the best, brightest and most hard working children in the state to one that is just another welfare program for the poor. 


Yes, let us elect a Democratic governor in a state where the legislature WILL remain a veto proof Republican majority so that we can turn Georgia into another DC where NOTHING will be done for 4 years. 



atlfalconno1fan
atlfalconno1fan

DEAL=3.2 MILLION IN TAXPAYER HARD EARNED MONEY TRYING TO COVER UP HIS DIRTY DEEDS....3.2 MILLION DOLLARS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!THATS A LOT OF MONEY  MOST POOR REDNECKS THAT VOTED FOR HIM WILL NEVER SEE IN THIER LIFE TIME.........................3.2 MILLION FREAKIN DOLLARS 

atlfalconno1fan
atlfalconno1fan

nathan crooked Deal was bankrupt,corrupt ran Out of washington,name the most crooked politician and has done nothing for georgians..cant believe the state of georgia elected this man i take that back ..Most so hateful and mis informed here...THIS REPUBLICAN WILL VOTE JASON CARTER WOULD VOTE FOR HIM TWICE IF I COULD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

atlfalconno1fan
atlfalconno1fan

this re[ublican WILL BE VOTING JASON CARTER AND AS SOON AS I CAN WILL DONATE TO HIS CAMPAIGN..we have a crook for a governor..state and city has stagnated ,poor infrustructure in the state..and remmember this past winter??he doesnt have a clue

mellieb52
mellieb52

If we the people of this state of Georgia are dumb enough to elect another Carter then God help us! I mean really people!!! Who is Jason Carter? What has he done for the state of Ga.? Did we not learn from our passed mistake from Jimmy? If the AJC is supporting him along with Sam Nunns daughter then you better look again at who you are backing. Gov. Deal has done more for this state than any other Gov. Has brought in more jobs, kept the budget and he was one of the first Gov. to go on national tv and say he would not take Obama care because it would ruin the economy here. Jason Carter along with Michell Nunn are running on nothing but name and like I stated earlier what have they done for this state? I can't think of nothing can you AJC?

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Jason " empty suit " Carter is using his goofy GrandPa's connections to the Polusi and Reid side of the Democrat Party to raise money, most of his money is coming from out of State way more than the 70 % reported by his handlers. The AJC needs to look into the posse around him like Coles and others who are leftists in the truest sense of the word.

Enoch19
Enoch19

Carter is a lot better at raising big bucks from out of state donors in New York and California than the AJC is at reporting on it.  


Carter is a clueless, inexperienced boy not ready to be governor of a state. Without his last name, he would be a junior state senator as he should be.  Interesting that the Democrats are kowtowing to royalty these days.  

BuzzG
BuzzG

More disgusting leftist indoctrination from the Bluestein.  Expect nothing but a string of articles praising Carter and Nunn and disrespecting any conservative who comes along.  This will last at least until the November election.  The AJC has become a nasty leftist rag.  And Bluestein has cut his teeth and proven he can be as nasty as any.

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

" I saw some of his solicitations for funds asking people to give him $1 so he could increase his number of contributors"

Contributors or voters? How many times does a corporation or PAC vote  in each election? Watch those Diebold voting machines!

Harlowe
Harlowe

Carter is a 38 year old who has no business background, no job experience, nothing, except family ties and the filthy Obama/Clinton connection.  To think he could attempt run this state makes me want to gag. Go out and get a real job, raise your family and come  back in 10-20 years.

William1952
William1952

Carter seems to be doing a fine job of pumping up his name recognition thanks to Granddaddy. But, after losing this time, he will be set to try again in '18. The train wreck then could very well be in the form of our current lieutenant governor. Then will be time to move somewhere else - anywhere else.

NOlongerRepublican
NOlongerRepublican

When he entered this race no one really thought there would be a chance that he could beat Raw Deal. I still don't think we are there yet, but it is now looking like a decent race anyway. Carter is smart, young, energetic and if somehow can figure out how to get young voters to the polls he could pull thing off. I think Georgians are sick of the ethics issues, the lack of focus and action and our horrible education issues. Another four years of the Raw Deal would not be good for Georgia. 

DS
DS

Whoa! That's quite a surprise.

But you're right, Greg, RGA spending might offset the fundraising difference. That is, if Georgians find those attack ads convincing---or maybe not, if they're turned off by all that. We shall see.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

Amazing how all those people can get suckered into wasting their money.


Haven't they read the comments, repeated ad nauseam, from _centrist?  About how Carter has no chance?


Because he has such an admirable record of prediction accuracy....

leefrommeeks
leefrommeeks

only a fool would vote for another Carter

Astropig
Astropig

The AJC can run these things until doomsday, but Deal still wins by 4-6 points. The race will tighten up in October (it always does as people start paying attention) , but the outcome will be the same - A conservative will win a conservative state and the libs will cry in their beer about how he "stole" the election, how he "bought" the election,blah,blah,blah. Anything except the truth-That voters have had a bellyfull of Obama/liberal BS.

DS
DS

@td1234, you and I both know that Nathan Deal has not been a whirlwind of activity during his first term. Just look at the results from the last legislative session---pathetic.

Jason Carter has a sense of what would fly in the legislature and what would not. I trust him to try and get things done, working with the legislature.

I sense that some legislators are exasperated from trying to get anything done with Deal. I wouldn't be surprised if many of them would welcome a governor with more energy and can-do attitude. Even if they're from different parties, each wants to get useful things done to show voters some genuine accomplishments (besides flaky media rankings).

DS
DS

@mellieb52, Obamacare isn't ruining state economies, it's making them better. Medicaid expansion increases output, gross state product and state and local revenues. It also has a positive effect on jobs and earnings.

https://kaiserfamilyfoundation.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/8522-the-role-of-medicaid-in-state-economies-looking-forward-to-the-aca.pdf

States that don't expand Medicaid, however, are watching their hospitals go bust from caring for more uninsured people. Four hospitals have closed in Georgia in the past two years, and fifteen more are at risk of closing. Medicaid expansion would save them.

Nathan Deal is on the wrong side of this issue.

honested
honested

@mellieb52 

Rather than regurgitate wrong-wing a.m. radio talking points, maybe you would benefit by LEARNING a little about who Jason Carter really is.

Hint, in this race, he is not the obvious failure.

Mr_B
Mr_B

@mellieb52 I guess you are not old enough to remember the Carter governorship, which was the first in years to be free of blatant corruption. You may not like Carter, but as governor he didn't lie and he didn't steal. Neither did he tolerate those who did in his administration.


I don't know if Jason Carter will follow in Granddad's footsteps, but I hope he does.

JackClemens
JackClemens

@Infraredguy Nate "Empty Soul"  Deal is still a crook and this Republican will be voting for Carter.

honested
honested

@Infraredguy 

You wouldn't know a 'leftists' if they slapped you on top of your big bald head.

JackClemens
JackClemens

@Enoch19 Nate Deal is a souless, highly skilled crook not deserving to be governor of this state. This Republican will be voting for Carter.

honested
honested

@Enoch19 

How does that make him any less qualified than an incompetent crooked failure?

honested
honested

@RoadScholar 

I got one of the solicitations and was so moved I had to contribute 100.00 just to get started.

DB2013
DB2013

@Harlowe explain your logic?? Nathan Deal had to leave Washington due to all kinds of ethics violations, was on the brink of being bankrupt BEFORE being Governor, defaulted on millions on loans and during his governance there was another issue with ethics and the people that got blackballed in the investigation winded up getting award a gang of money.


So everything about Deal reeks of corruption and underhanded political plays. I still need an explanation how a man who was on the verge of filing bankruptcy was able to dig himself out of that millions of dollar whole on a Governor's salary of $112K per year. Please do explain because I would like to know how to pay $2+ Million in less then 4 years on a $100K salary unless of course many of his "business" partners were greasing his palms by putting in favors and putting his buddies into positions and jobs that they were not qualified to do.

honested
honested

@William1952 

Why wait?

I'm sure there is some miserable, sweltering, backwards burg in Alabama just waiting for you.

honested
honested

@NOlongerRepublican 

This isn't Louisiana in the last Edwin Edwards race......

We shouldn't vote for the crook this time, and it is important.

honested
honested

@CherokeeCounty 

I've just about decided he must be randy evans (why hasn't he been disbarred?).

Only a similar delusional partisan would trot out the same tripe day after day and think ANYONE was stupid enough to reread it.

honested
honested

@leefrommeeks 

Only a seriously delusional fool would give nathan another 4 years to make everything even worse!

What does it take for you people to recognize absolute failure?

NOlongerRepublican
NOlongerRepublican

@leefrommeeks Call me a foll if you want, but I refuse to support a governor that has cost our state more than $3.2 million dollars trying to hide his corruption, can't figure out how to handle some snow and ice on our freeways, drags his feet so sick kids don't get the medical marijuana that could stop their seizures, cuts school funding by billions when both Georgia students and teachers are struggling, etc...and the list goes on. Anybody who votes to continue this kind of leadership is worse than any fool would ever be.

honested
honested

@Astropig 

You might want to pay a little closer attention to RCP.

Aside from the usual redneck contingent, Georgians are looking for better government.

That should scare the entire gross old party establishment.

td1234
td1234

@Astropig I still do not believe that Carter can receive more black votes in this state than Obama did two years ago. Obama received a record number of black votes and still lost by 8 points. 


What has changed in 2 years. 

Manman
Manman

@Astropig This isn't a Federal election, the real question is whether or not they've had a bellyful of Deal's/crony conservatism BS.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Astropig 

 That voters have had a bellyfull of Obama/liberal BS. 

Got proof?

td1234
td1234

@DS And exactly what needs to be done in Georgia? I am not a Deal fan but his record on economic growth for the state is beyond reproach.


I disagree with his record on Education but he drove the Charter school Amendment and when revenues increased enough he increased education spending by more than any governor in the history of this state. 


Transportation: The Governor placed an increase in taxes on the ballot and the people of the state rejected the increase. Without funding there is not a whole lot more that can be done. 


The residents of the state WILL pass a Constitutional Amendment in November to cap the states income taxes. 


What else can a governor do with limited funds?


What else could Carter do with these same set of conditions and adding that he will be facing a hostile legislature that wants to see him fail? 

td1234
td1234

@DS It does not matter if Carter is elected or not because Medicaid expansion is out of the governor's hands in the state and only the legislature can expand it. Hint: It will not get expanded, especially if Carter is elected and wants it because the Lt. Governor (who will immediately be running for governor in 2018) will not allow Carter to have a victory. 


That is politics my friend.  

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Trying to convince us your a Republican when in reality your ashamed to admit your a " yellow dog " Democrat

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Is that the best you got? I guess it is, because your nose is so far up Carter's butt looking for something other than empty space, right.

td1234
td1234

@DB2013


" Nathan Deal had to leave Washington due to all kinds of ethics violations, was on the brink of being bankrupt BEFORE being Governor, defaulted on millions on loans and during his governance there was another issue with ethics and the people that got blackballed in the investigation winded up getting award a gang of money."


Everything in this paragraph is a complete LIE. 

Mr_B
Mr_B

@td1234 @Astropig Well, for one thing, a lot of old white Republicans died. But then, they still can vote absentee.

honested
honested

@td1234 @Astropig 

Let's see, tiny dog...what has changed in 2 years......

In Georgia, things have gotten WORSE, following a worsening trend that stretches back to 2003.

Next question.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@td1234 @Astropig  there are 600,000 Georgians - including something like 40,000 veterans - who would have health insurance but for Deal's hatred of Obama.  Carter has to get maybe a third of them out to.vote, and he wins.


Still tough, but doable.

Astropig
Astropig

@Manman @Astropig 

Jason carter is Obama's southern soul mate. All of the spin in the world won't change that. Now crawl back in your hole.

Manman
Manman

@Astropig and only a fool blinded-by-party would call Carter a "liberal." He's moderate at best.

DS
DS

@td1234, I disagree on Deal's economic performance. Georgia is crawling out of the recession slower than other states. Much of the recovery is due to assets that we already had in place before he took office showing new signs of life.

I recall that TSPLOST was initiated by Sonny Perdue, not Deal. Deal gave it tepid support, showing up at a rally the evening before the vote. Since then? Not much. In fact, he recently decided not to make a 4 cent fuel tax inflation adjustment, which would have helped the transportation budget. Election year.

Deal's recent education initiatives are welcome news in an election year, but they don't even make up for lost ground.

What about drinking water? Every time a drought hits, we go back on water rationing and argue with Alabama and Florida over who gets the water. Why don't we get ahead of the problem for a change and build more reservoirs? I bet we could get Federal dollars to help.

I keep hearing the same old excuse, "Well, we're just broke, so we can't do anything." I don't believe it. Look at how fast Deal finds money for state health insurance, or to go it alone on dredging the Savannah Port, or funding a trial for medical marijuana. Both Deal and the legislature can find money when they want to. Not unlimited amounts, but enough to get useful things done.

I just don't think Deal has either the energy or inclination to try very hard.

Techfan
Techfan

@td1234 @DS  That is because Nathan was afraid he would lose and gave away what was his responsibility to the legislature, who immediately passed a bill saying Georgia would not expand it. Of course, it also keeps middle class famiies from receiving tax credits to make their premiums more affordable as well. Maybe one day the citizens of Georgia will wake up and see that the GOP doesn't have their best interests in mind, but are willing to change the rules, pull dirty tricks, and do whatever it takes simply to remain in power, the best interests of the citizens be damned. What other powers and responsibilities that the Governor holds is he just allowed to give away  to another branch on a whim? Why then do we even need a Governor? If one Governor is allowed to give away powers, why is another not allowed to take them back?

DS
DS

@td1234, yes, I understand the difficulty in getting Medicaid expansion soon in Georgia.

But I'm also mindful of two important facts: Georgians are in favor of it right now, by about 2-to-1. And they will be very upset watching their local hospitals close, knowing that it was avoidable---if only their political representatives would act.

I think it's inevitable that Georgia will one day accept Medicaid expansion. Just a question of when.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

@PrezObozo1 @lithoniaguy @Harlowe  Slick Willies?


Based on your juvenile avatar, I assume you mean Bill Clinton, who created 22 million jobs.  As opposed to George Bush, who lost 600,000 jobs during his time in office.

honested
honested

@CherokeeCounty 

It is useful also to remember, the job loss was constant and consistent during the entirety of his disastrous Presidency.

Were it not for MIC jobs necessitated by the Afghan Fiasco and the Iraqi War of Choice, I dare say the losses would have been worse.

DoctorJNB
DoctorJNB

@CherokeeCounty Everybody continues to praise Clinton and blast Bush for activities which were accomplished by Congress.   The Republican House and Senate were responsible for those "Clinton" jobs, and a Democratic House and Senate were responsible for the "lost jobs of Bush"...

Astropig
Astropig

@Kamchak @Astropig 

I don't think that I would be bragging about a 52% disapproval rating. But that's just me.

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

@DoctorJNB @CherokeeCounty Really. Doesn't the President have a veto to stop legislation he does not agree with? He signed the bill. The buck stops at his desk....or why are the cons blaming everything on President Obama? Is it really Congress's fault?

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Astropig 

First day trying to figure out an interactive poll?

Just askin'.