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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Photo by Gage Skidmore.

N.J. donors send almost $20 million to U.S. Senate candidates nationally, mostly to Democrats

Moocher state Kentucky gets nearly $1 million from New Jersey for race to re-elect — or defeat — Mitch McConnell

By David Wildstein, November 01 2020 6:21 pm

New Jerseyans have contributed nearly $20 million to candidates for U.S. Senate across the nation, with about 60% of that going to Democrats, according to an analysis of Federal Election Commission reports conducted by the New Jersey Globe.

Republicans are defending a 53-45 majority – it’s really 53-47, since independents Bernie Sanders and Angus King organize with the Democrats.

Democrats need to pick up four seats to capture control – or three, if Kamala Harris is the vice president.

More than $650,000 of New Jersey money has gone to Arizona, where interim Republican incumbent Martha McSally currently trails Democrat Mark Kelly, a retired astronaut and the husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords.

Kelly, who grew up in West Orange, has raised $429,964 from New Jersey donors, including Star-Ledger owner Ben Newhouse.

Newhouse, who lists Advance Publications as his employer has contributed over $75,000 to Democratic candidates this year.

McSally has raised $228,629 in New Jersey.

In Maine, where GOP incumbent Susan Collins trails her Democratic rival, House Speaker Sara Gideon, New Jerseyans have sent $239,778 to Collins and $225,046 to Gideon.

The Republican senator from Colorado, Cory Gardner, has raised $79,323 from New Jersey.  His Democratic rival, Gov. John Hickenlooper, has Garden State revenues of $83,934.

Hickenlooper has maintained a steady lead over Gardner in public polls.

In other Senate contests:

Alabama: Democratic incumbent Doug Jones has raised $102,886 in New Jersey, while his Republican rival, retired college football coach Tommy Tuberville, has brought in $7,095 from New Jersey donors.  Polls currently favor a Republican pickup.

Alaska: Dr. Al Gross, an independent with the support of Democrats, has raised $107,445 from New Jersey – the home state of his politically active father and grandfather.  That’s a bigger haul than the GOP incumbent, Dan Sullivan ($85,485).

Georgia: GOP incumbent David Perdue has raised $48,050 from New Jerseyans and Democrat Jon Ossoff has elicited $43,668 in the Garden State.

Iowa: Democrat Theresa Greenfield has raised more money in New Jersey ($112,283) than the Republican incumbent, Joni Ernst ($58,531).

Kentucky: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, viewed as the boogeyman by Gov. Phil Murphy for his opposition to COVID relief funding for New Jersey, has raised $587,772.

McConnell had a high-dollar fundraiser at Christie’s home last year and the former governor personally donated $5,600.

His Democratic opponent, Amy McGrath, has raised $407,605.

This is the top export state for New Jerseyans for 2020 U.S. Senate campaigns.

Montana: New Jerseyans have sent $80,945 for Republican Senator Steve Daines’ re-election campaign.  His Democratic opponent, Gov. Steve Bullock, raised $66,927 from New Jersey donors.

North Carolina: Republican U.S. Senator Thom Tillis brought in $102,938 from New Jersey.  His Democratic opponent, Cal Cunningham, has raised $107,860.

South Carolina: Democrat Jaime Harrison, who has raised a gargantuan $108.9 million in a bid to take out Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman David Perdue, has a New Jersey haul of $189,397.

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has personally contributed $5,600 to Graham, plus another $2,800 from one-man law firm.  Montclair resident and South Carolina native Stephen Colbert has given $5,000 to Harrison.

Harrison’s campaign is being run by Zach Carroll, who managed Rep. Andy Kim’s upset victory in New Jersey’s 3rd district in 2018.

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