GA-Sen B: “Ultra-Rich Sen. Kelly Loeffler’s (R) Family Has Taken In $3 Million in Farm Subsidies”

From The American Prospect:

Meanwhile, the Loeffler family farm continues to operate, and several of Loeffler’s family members continue to pull in significant sums of money from government agriculture subsidies. Despite allies of Loeffler slamming her conservative opponent Collins for supporting the farm bill that provides such subsidies to farmers, five of her family members have received more than $3.2 million in federal benefits since 1995. A significant share of that, $770,242, has come since 2018, as a result of farm bailout funds that President Trump has offered to compensate for the trade war with China and the pandemic.

The information is listed publicly in a farm subsidy database maintained by the Environmental Working Group. The nonprofit collects records from the U.S. Department of Agriculture through Freedom of Information Act requests and posts them to the database—because the government won’t.

Given that Loeffler’s parents ran their farm until a few years ago, and her brother’s family runs one now, there’s nothing necessarily illegal about them receiving millions in subsidies. But the nature of the farm subsidy program itself hardly aligns with Loeffler’s election campaign promotion of herself as “more conservative than Attila the Hun.”

Give the whole piece a read. Also, here’s another reminder of how awful she is:

A group of Republican senators have introduced a bill that would make it a violation of federal civil rights law for schools to allow transgender females to compete in girls sports.

Under the proposed “Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act,” schools that allow “biological males” to compete in girls athletics could lose federal funding, according to a statement Tuesday by Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., the bill’s lead sponsor.

“Title IX established a fair and equal chance for women and girls to compete, and sports should be no exception,” Loeffler stated, referring to the section of the Education Amendments of 1972 that prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded education programs.

“As someone who learned invaluable life lessons and built confidence playing sports throughout my life, I’m proud to lead this legislation to ensure girls of all ages can enjoy those same opportunities,” Loeffler continued. “This commonsense bill protects women and girls by safeguarding fairness and leveling the athletic field that Title IX guarantees.”

Meanwhile, over on Team Blue:

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Democrats are increasing the pressure on Matt Lieberman to drop out of a special Senate election in Georgia, hoping to clear the field for the Rev. Raphael Warnock.

Stacey Abrams, the 2018 Georgia Democratic nominee for governor and arguably the highest-profile active Democrat in the state, called on Lieberman to drop out on Thursday morning. Democrats fear Lieberman’s presence in the race could make it possible for Republicans to claim the top two slots in November’s all-party primary and lock Democrats out of a January runoff election.
Abrams cited HuffPost’s reporting on racist tropes included in Lieberman’s self-published novel “Lucius” and said she was fearful that his continued presence in the race would hurt Democratic efforts to take control of the U.S. Senate.

Here’s some more info:

The reason Democrats want Mr. Lieberman out is that he is not competing in a traditional party primary. Because Senator Kelly Loeffler, a Republican, was appointed in December to replace Senator Johnny Isakson, the first round of voting for the final two years of her term is an all-party primary, with 21 names on the Nov. 3 ballot.

If no one gets more than 50 percent of the vote — a near certainty with so many candidates — the top two finishers will compete in a January runoff election. Three polls released this week, by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Monmouth University and The New York Times, showed Ms. Loeffler, Representative Doug Collins, a Republican, and Dr. Warnock bunched tightly together, with Mr. Lieberman trailing the pack, but corralling enough support that it is a distinct possibility that Democrats could be locked out of the January runoff.

This week is not the first time Georgia Democrats have called for Mr. Lieberman to quit the race. In August, after HuffPost reported that a novel Mr. Lieberman self-published in 2018 included a racist character and tropes, the chairwoman of the Democratic Party of Georgia asked him to step aside.

But this big endorsement today might help Warnock:

Former President Barack Obama on Friday endorsed Raphael Warnock’s U.S. Senate campaign, becoming the latest Democrat to rally behind the pastor’s challenge to U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler as pressure mounts on his rivals to drop out of the free-for-all race.

Obama also backed Jon Ossoff’s challenge to U.S. Sen. David Perdue and nine down-ticket Georgia candidates in competitive elections, including U.S. House candidates Lucy McBath and Carolyn Bourdeaux and state House Minority Leader Bob Trammell.

The development comes as Warnock aims to consolidate Democrats behind his campaign – and his allies urge Matt Lieberman, another Democrat in the contest, to abandon his bid.

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