Lackluster Funding, Reliance On Out-Of-State Donors Haunting Fani Willis

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is reportedly struggling to raise funds for her campaign while relying on out-of-state donors following her prosecution of former President Donald Trump and 14 other co-defendants over allegations that they tried to “overturn” the 2020 presidential election.

The National Pulse pointed out that since August 2023, Willis has raised less than $90,000, marking a steep decline from the $130,000 she had raised in July 2022. It appears that her decision to indict the former president significantly affected her fundraising.

Willis’ decision to indict Trump and other co-defendants of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act led many contributors to stop donating funds to the Fulton County district attorney.

From July to August of 2022, Willis garnered more than 600 contributions, doubling what she’s received since prosecuting the former president. Not only is her campaign struggling to attract donors and raise funds, but it also relies on out-of-state contributors.

Campaign finance data shows that approximately 70% of Willis’ donors come from leftist states like California, Maryland and New York, according to Newsweek.

The lackluster funding and her prosecution of the former president led Willis to face a primary challenger as she hopes to win reelection in November 2024. Her opponent is a former prosecutor for Fulton County who challenged Willis in the 2020 Democratic primary, earning third place with 22% of the vote.

The winner of the forthcoming Democratic primary for district attorney of Fulton County will face off against Republican Courtney Kramer in the November 2024 general election.
Kramer previously served as an executive with an election integrity group called True the Vote. She also worked as a litigation consultant on Trump’s 2020 presidential reelection campaign and as special counsel for the Georgia GOP.

Before Kramer entered the race, Willis welcomed potential challengers.
“This is a democracy we live in, and so people have a right to run for office, but they should come prepared for a fight,” Willis told reporters after filing paperwork to seek reelection.

“They should know that my heart is still in this work. My heart will continue to be in this work and I intend to be the DA for the next four years and nine months.”

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