Why Do Democratic Donors Keep Burning Their Money?

Because savvy consultants like the folks profiting from Marcus Flowers’ doomed campaign against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene have figured out how to milk them dry.

Micah Sifry


And I’m flapping my arms to fly to the moon!

Whatever else happens on Election Day next month, I can already name some of the biggest winners from this political cycle. They are the Democratic consultants milking the doomed congressional campaign of Marcus Flowers, a veteran who is running against Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene in Georgia’s 14th congressional district. As of the end of June, Flowers had raised $10.7 million compared to Greene’s $10.2 million, but don’t let that fool you. He’s going to lose the general election to her. In their respective party primaries, 103,000 Republicans voted (most for Greene) compared to just 27,000 Democrats. Redistricting after the 2020 elections, when Greene won her seat by more than 50%, made the district a tiny bit less red but it is still an overwhelmingly Republican seat, 69% to 31% according to a report by Princeton’s Gerrymandering Project..

No matter! Democratic donors, particularly the small givers who write $20 checks, hate Greene with a passion and they’re suckers for emotional appeals designed to convince them that Flowers has a chance. Almost 84% of the money Flowers has raised has come in amounts under $200, according to OpenSecrets.org. Just under $1.9 million has come in larger amounts. The smart money knows to stay away from him. So do local donors, who have amounted to less than one percent of all his itemized receipts, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. They know better too. The suckers get a constant flow of messages like these:

How does your inbox look?

“We’re building something special here in Georgia,” one of those emails reads. Indeed, they are. The consultants behind his campaign are building a college fund for their kids, or a retirement nest egg, or a down payment on a ski lodge. Very special.

Who are the people profiting from this exploitation? One of them is Anne Lewis of Mission Wired (previously known as Anne Lewis…