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AJC: Political Insider: Disclosures aren’t due until February, but AG Chris Carr says he’s already raised $1 million

January 12, 2018

As published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Jan. 12, 2018

By Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein and Tamar Hallerman

Fundraising disclosures for Georgia’s statewide candidates aren’t due for another month. But Attorney General Chris Carr wants to send a message with his latest figures.

Carr’s campaign jumped the gun Friday and announced that the Republican has raised more than $1 million, with more than half of it collected in the last six months. He will report about $700,000 cash on hand.

Carr has sought to build his campaign warchest to scare off potential opponents since he was appointed Georgia’s top lawyer in 2016 by Gov. Nathan Deal. And so far it has worked: No major rival, Democratic or Republican, has sought to challenge him.

In fact, two of his biggest would-be adversaries are squaring off against each other – for a different seat. Republican state Sen. Josh McKoon and Democratic ex-U.S. Rep. John Barrow, both attorneys who considered bids for attorney general, are instead running for an open secretary of state seat.

Carr’s tried to build his profile with campaigns targeting human trafficking, elder abuse and drug addiction. He’s also on the executive committee of the Republican Attorneys General Association.