All of Utah’s Republican members of Congress have been raising money for the Georgia runoff election Tuesday, but some are taking a larger role than others.
Partisan control of the U.S. Senate hangs on the outcome of next week’s elections. Democrats must win both contests to achieve a 50-50 tie in the Senate, giving Vice President-elect Kamala Harris the tie-breaking vote. If Republicans win at least one race, then the GOP will hold on to a majority.
Lee spent about $1,000 on the ads, which has turned into donations for the two Georgia Republicans.
“Sen. Lee has run multiple Georgia runoff-related digital ads that have raised tens of thousands of dollars directly for the Georgia candidates,” said a spokesperson for Lee.
Behind the scenes. Sen. Mitt Romney is also raising cash for the Georgia elections. His office tells The Salt Lake Tribune that he’s reeled in at least $600,000 for the effort so far. However, Romney does not appear to be using his social media channels in this effort.
Rep. Burgess Owens is pushing fundraising appeals on his Twitter account that link to a direct donation page for the Republicans in Georgia. The Georgia fundraising posts say they will benefit Purdue, Loeffler and the Owens campaign. It’s unclear how much from those donations go to Georgia and how much stays with Owens. His spokesperson did not respond to a question from The Tribune.
The rest of Utah’s Republicans in Congress are raising some cash for the GOP slate in Georgia, but it’s a little more low key. Reps. John Curtis, Chris Stewart and Rep. Blake Moore have participated in some fundraising events to boost Republicans in Georgia and are raising money online, but nothing as extensive as their colleagues in the Utah delegation.