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A closer look at Jon Ossoff's epic fundraising haul


Democrat Jon Ossoff shook Washington political circles earlier this week when he revealed he raised an astounding $8.3 million in his hunt for a conservative-leaning suburban Atlanta district and had more than $2.1 million on hand ahead of the April 18 special election.

But the campaign disclosure, which accounts for his fundraising from January through March 29,  filed late Thursday night sheds more light on his financial firepower.

Here are a few quick takeaways:

Total take. He actually ended up with a bit less than $8.3 million, after refunding more than $110,000 to donors since January.

Out of state. His campaign said 95 percent of the donors came from outside of Georgia, which means only a sliver of his contributors live in the district. More than $500,000 came from California and another $400,000 came from New York. Massachusetts donors chipped in at least $160,000.

Special interest groups. The overwhelming majority of his donations came from individuals rather than political action committees, which accounted for about $80,000 of his donations. The Washington-based League of Conservation voters bundled nearly $40,000 for him.

Burn rate. He spent more than $6 million since joining the contest, which equates to more than $72,000 a day.

Notable contributors. Ossoff, who has already been criticized by at least one Republican for having celebrity endorsers, received money from a number of bold-faced names from the world of entertainment.

Donors to the Democrat's campaign include singer-songwriting legend Judy Collins, actor Connie Britton of "Nashville" and "Friday Night Lights," Oscar-winning writer Paul Haggis, Anthony Gear, who played the iconic character Luke on "General Hospital," and the prolific actor John Leguizamo.

But it's not all big names. Ossoff has attracted support from academics, lawyers, engineers and other professionals, as well as average working people, like a yoga teacher at the YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo, Mich., a waiter in New York, a toolmaker for GM in Texas and a barista in St. Paul, Minn.

Take a closer look at Ossoff's fundraising haul here and, if you find anything interesting, let us know below:

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Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.