Senator Raphael Warnock, a Democrat from Georgia, has spent more than $ 600,000 on personal security over the past year, despite repeated pressure for gun control, according to new funding data for the campaign reviewed by FOX Business.
Federal Election Commission documents released last Friday show Warnock’s campaign paid $ 603,161 between October 2020 and September 2021 to Executive Protection Agencies, an Atlanta-based private security firm. The company, according to its website, provides its clients with management protection that comes with a “keen eye with deep site knowledge through threat assessment.”
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In the third quarter alone, Warnock spent $ 159,791 on personal security. By comparison, the members of “Squad”, including the Democratic representatives. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York, Ayanna Pressley from Massachusetts, Ilhan Omar from Minnesota and Cori Bush from Missouri, spent a fraction of personal security compared to Warnock. Together, the four representatives have spent almost $ 100,000 collectively on security over the past three months.
A spokesperson for Warnock did not immediately respond to a FOX Business request for comment.
Next to a fatal shot earlier this year that killed eight people in the Atlanta area, Warnock said Congress must “pass reasonable gun control.”
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âWe need reasonable gun reform in our country,â Warnock said at the time on NBC’s âMeet the Pressâ. “That, this shooter could have killed all these people the same day he bought a gun.”
In a 2014 sermon, Warnock also criticized pro-gun lawmakers who supported the Safe Carry Protection Act, which “allowed concealed transport in churches, among other places.” according to to the free Washington beacon.
“You have politicians who go to church every Sunday morning, then walk into this Capitol, stand under this golden dome, and come up with the dumbest legislation you can imagine,” Warnock noted. âThink about all the crazy people you run into just in the routine, every week. At work, on the streets, some of them in church.â¦ Imagine all these people with guns.â
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Warnock has not specified what legislation he wishes to see passed; his campaign website promised to “reduce senseless gun violence” if elected, but offered few details on how to achieve it.
Brady PAC, one of America’s leading gun control groups, to be involved before the second round of the Georgia US Senate in January and spent at least $ 100,000 against Warnock’s Republican opponent, Kelly Loeffler.
Warnock also partnered with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a gun control group founded in 2013 by then New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who spent tens of millions of dollars to support a campaign. gun control.
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In the last quarter, Warnock raked in a stunning $ 9.5 million payout, according to filings – an impressive feat as he seeks to retain his Senate seat ahead of what will likely be a tough re-election campaign. (His main Republican challenger, former NFL star Herschel Walker, raised around $ 3.5 million.)
Warnock, who ousted incumbent Senator Loeffler in a special election in January, is running for a full six-year Senate term in 2022 – a critical seat as Democrats aim to retain majority control in the upper house. He ended the quarter with $ 16.5 million in cash, according to the documents.
Fox News Joe Schoffstall and Cameron Cawthorne contributed to this report