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Hollywood Went Down To Georgia, They Were Lookin’ For An Election To Buy

- May 31, 2017

Hollywood Looks To Elect One Of Their Own, An Entitled Individual With Little Real-World Experience, But Plenty Of Private Wealth 

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TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Jon Ossoff has benefitted from family wealth, privilege and inheritance to get where he is in life, attending private schools and enjoying family-owned private yachts and jets.
  • The Ossoff family purchased a private jet using a relative's address in New Hampshire in an apparent effort to avoid paying Georgia sales taxes on it.
  • 95% of Ossoff's "grassroots" campaign is funded by donations outside of Georgia, highlighted by big money from Hollywood stars, and over a million dollars in contributions from California, New York, and Massachusetts combined.
  • Ossoff embellished his resume and experience so badly that his campaign had to clarify his statements.
  • Ossoff does not live in the district he is running to represent.

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JON OSSOFF'S PRIVILEGED UPBRINGING EXPOSED

Jon Ossoff Comes From A Background Of Privilege And Wealth, That Includes Private And Overseas Education, Multiple Homes, Private Planes And Yachts

Jon Ossoff Attended The Paideia School For High School. "A north DeKalb native, Ossoff was a 17-year-old student at the Paideia School when he read U.S. Rep. John Lewis' autobiography and, on a whim, wrote a letter asking for a job. Within months he was interning in the Atlanta Democrat's Washington office." (Greg Bluestein, "Newcomer With War Chest Gives Democrats Hope In Georgia's 6th District," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution , 2/27/17)

  • Tuition At Paideia School For Grades 7-12 Is Over $24,000 A Year For The 2017-2018 School Year. (The Paideia School Website, " Tuition and Financial Aid ," Accessed 3/2/17)

Ossoff Attended Georgetown University And The London School Of Economics. " Jon Ossoff, a documentary filmmaker whose bona fides includes degrees from Georgetown and the London School of Economics." (Rebecca Burns, "Is Georgia Poised For A Democratic Upset?" Politico , 4/17/17)

Tuition For A Year At Georgetown University Is Roughly $70,000. (Georgetown University, Office Of Student Financial Services , Accessed 5/31/17)

The Ossoff Family Owns A Yacht. "His family has a yacht and a Cessna the latter purchased through a limited liability company using a relative's address in New Hampshire, one of a handful of states that don't charge sales taxes on airplane purchases." (Dick Williams, "Who Is Jon Ossoff? He's The Surprise Election Leader," The Dunwoody Crier , 4/25/17)

The Ossoff Family Purchased A Business Jet Using A Relative's Address In New Hampshire, A State That Doesn't Charge Sales Tax On Airplane Purchases. "His family has a yacht and a Cessna the latter purchased through a limited liability company using a relative's address in New Hampshire, one of a handful of states that don't charge sales taxes on airplane purchases." (Dick Williams, "Who Is Jon Ossoff? He's The Surprise Election Leader," The Dunwoody Crier , 4/25/17)

  • If The Ossoff's Purchased The Jet In Georgia, They Would Be Forced To Pay Taxes On It. "His family has a yacht and a Cessna the latter purchased through a limited liability company using a relative's address in New Hampshire, one of a handful of states that don't charge sales taxes on airplane purchases. In Georgia it would have been a taxable event." (Dick Williams, "Who Is Jon Ossoff? He's The Surprise Election Leader," The Dunwoody Crier , 4/25/17)

Due In Part To Inheritance From His Wealthy Family, At Just 30 Years Old, Ossoff's Net Worth Is $1.7 Million. "At 30, courtesy of an inheritance and a wealthy family, he shows a net worth of $1.7 million." (Dick Williams, "Who Is Jon Ossoff? He's The Surprise Election Leader," The Dunwoody Crier , 4/25/17)

  • Ossoff's Net Worth Includes A Town House On Capitol Hill In Washington Purchased By His Family. "That includes a town house on Capitol Hill in Washington purchased by his family." (Dick Williams, "Who Is Jon Ossoff? He's The Surprise Election Leader," The Dunwoody Crier , 4/25/17)

CONTRARY TO OSSOFF'S "GRASSROOTS" FACADE, 95% OF HIS CAMPAIGN DONATIONS CAME FROM OUTSIDE OF GEORGIA

Ninty-Five Percent Of Ossoff's Donors Are From Outside Of Georgia And Include Huge Donations From Hollywood Actors And Comedians, Liberal Bloggers, And D.C.-Based Special Interests Groups

At The April 5, 2017 Debate, Ossoff Explained That His "Grassroots Fundraising" Allowed Him To Be Accountable To A Broad Base And Not Appeal "To A Narrow Range Of Interests Who Write Big Checks." JON OSSOFF: "We've raised significant resources in average contributions of less than 50 dollars. That kind of grassroots fundraising changes the incentives that candidates face because rather than appealing to a narrow range of interests who write big checks, I am and other candidates who apply the same method will be accountable to a broad base of people who have dug deep for 30,40,50 dollars to support a candidate who supports their interests." (Jon Ossoff, Remarks At The Atlanta Press Club's Loudermilk-Young GA-06 Debate, Atlanta, GA, 04/05/17)

Ossoff's Campaign Reported That 95 Percent Of His Donors Live Outside Of Georgia." "His campaign said 95 percent of the donors came from outside of Georgia, which means only a sliver of his contributors live in the district." (Greg Bluestein and Aaron Gould-Sheinin, "A Closer Look At Jon Ossoff's Epic Fundraising Haul,"  Atlanta Journal-Constitution , 04/08/17)

  • $1.06 Million In Donations Came From Donors In California, New York And Massachusetts . "More than $500,000 came from California and another $400,000 came from New York. Massachusetts donors chipped in at least $160,000." (Greg Bluestein and Aaron Gould-Sheinin, "A Closer Look At Jon Ossoff's Epic Fundraising Haul,"  Atlanta Journal-Constitution , 04/08/17)

On April 7, 2017, Politico's Jake Sherman Pointed Out That Ossoff's Most Recent Financial Report Contained "Only 1 Of 15" Contributions From Georgia. "JON OSSOFF, the Dem running for Price's House seat in Ga, just filed a 48-hour finance report. Only one of 1 of 15 contribs from Georgia." (Jake Sherman, Twitter Feed , 4/7/17)

Actor Jon Cryer And Comedian Chelsea Handler Gave The Maximum Donation They Could For Ossoff. "Comedian Chelsea Handler maxed out with a contribution of $2,700, as did actor Jon Cryer." (Lisa Hagen, "Celebrity Donations Help Fuel Georgia Dem's $8.3M Haul," The Hill , 04/06/17)

Actress Kyra Sedgwick Gave The Maximum Donation To The Ossoff Campaign. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 5/30/17)

Actress Jane Fonda Gave $2,000 To The Ossoff Campaign. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 5/30/17)

Celebrity Rosie O'Donnell Gave $1,000 To The Ossoff Campaign. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 5/30/17)

Actor Nick Jandl Gave $1,200 To The Ossoff Campaign. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 5/30/17)

Comedian John Mulaney Gave $1,000 To The Ossoff Campaign. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 5/30/17)

Hollywood Producer Gale Hurd Gave $1,000 To The Ossoff Campaign. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 5/30/17)

CNN's Eric Brandner Credits "Liberal Blog Daily Kos" For Catapulting Ossoff's Campaign By Raising More Than One Million Dollars. "But it was the involvement of the liberal blog Daily Kos that really catapulted Ossoff onto the national map. The blog has been the largest driver of Ossoff's eye-popping $4 million fundraising effort to date. It bested its previous fundraising record for a single candidate -- $412,000 for Elizabeth Warren in 2012 -- in a single week. Daily Kos's pro-Ossoff fundraising efforts crossed the $1 million mark on February 28." (Eric Bradner, "Dems Look South To Test Anti-Trump Strategy," CNN , 03/31/17)

  • Daily Kos Donated More Money To Ossoff "Than The Group Had Ever Directed To Any Campaign Other Than Elizabeth Warren's 2012 Senate Run." "Daily Kos members have since donated nearly $400,000 to Ossoff - more than the group had ever directed to any campaign other than Elizabeth Warren's 2012 Senate run." (Scott Bland, "Progressives Pour Cash Into Anti-Trump Resistance," Politico , 02/02/17)

Planned Parenthood Gave $5,000 To The Ossoff Campaign. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 5/30/17)

Washington-Based League Of Conservation Voters Bundled Nearly $40,000 For Ossoff." "The Washington-based League of Conservation voters bundled nearly $40,000 for him [Ossoff]." (Greg Bluestein and Aaron Gould-Sheinin, "A Closer Look At Jon Ossoff's Epic Fundraising Haul," Atlanta Journal-Constitution , 04/08/17)

OSSOFF DOES NOT LIVE IN THE DISTRICT HE IS RUNNING TO REPRESENT

Ossoff Wants To Represent A District He Does Not Live In

Ossoff Says That The District He Is Running In Is His Home. ALISYN CAMEROTA: "Please do. Perhaps, say, an Election Day proposal would be good. But I guess your point is that you don't live in your -- the district in which you're running, so you will not be able to vote for yourself. OSSOFF: Well, I grew up in this district, I grew up in this community. It's my home." (CNN's "New Day," 04/18/17)

  • But Ossoff Does Not Live In The District He Wants To Represent. "The surprising early leader [Jon Ossoff] in the special election to replace Tom Price in Congress doesn't live in the district." ("Race To Replace Price: Leading In Polls, Ossoff Doesn't Live In District," 11 Alive ABC , 02/28/17)
  • Ossoff Cannot Vote For Himself In The Special Election. "Ossoff said when asked whether he would be able to vote for himself in Tuesday's election; he will not." (Louis Nelson, "Ossoff Defends Living Outside District Where He's Running," Politico , 04/18/17)

As Recently As July 27, 2016, Ossoff Listed His Parent's Home Address As His Own Home Address When Making A Political Contribution. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 5/30/17)

OSSOFF'S DUBIOUS CLAIMS ABOUT THE NATURE OF HIS NATIONAL SECURITY CREDENTIALS HAVE BEEN LARGELY DEBUNKED

Ossoff Grossly Embellished His Resume So Badly That His Campaign Had To Clarify His Statements

Jon Ossoff's Campaign Ad Says Ossoff Was A "National Security Aide With Top Secret Clearance" While Working In Congress. NARRATOR: "As a national security aide with top secret clearance, Jon Ossoff saw waste and abuse by military contractors and fought to stop it." (Campaign Ad, " Warrior," 03/03/17)

Ossoff's Official Campaign Announcement Touts His Work "As A National Security Staffer In Congress For 5 Years." "A Georgia native who grew up in the Sixth District, Ossoff served Georgia as a national security staffer in Congress for five years before leaving government for the private sector." ( Campaign Announcement , Elect Jon, Campaign Website, 01/05/17)

  • Ossoff's Campaign Admits He Left Congress Five Months After Receiving His Security Clearance." "His campaign said he got 'top-secret security clearance' in March 2012 and left about five months later." (Greg Blustein, "Political Insider," Atlanta Journal-Constitution , 03/28/17)

The Primary Responsibilities Of A Legislative Correspondent, Ossoff's Job Title, Are To "Answer Mail" And "Backfill For More Senior Members" In The Office . "The primary job of a legislative correspondent is to answer mail from the lawmaker's constituents and to backfill for more senior office staffers when necessary. In 2009, one of the years Ossoff held the position, the median salary for a legislative correspondent was $38,875." (Louis Johnson, "How Extensive Was Jon Ossoff's National Security Background In Congress?" Politifact , 4/3/17)

The Washington Post 's Factchecker Called Ossoff's National Security Comments "Misleading" And "Resume Puffery." "We take a reasonable-person approach here at The Fact Checker. Would an ordinary viewer understand that Ossoff's clearance was for less than half a year? Not very likely. Moreover, declaring himself a 'senior national security staffer' is also bit too much résumé puffery. Technically, Ossoff walks a very careful line. But the overall impression is misleading enough to merit a Pinocchio." (Glenn Kessler, "Did A Democratic Congressional Hopeful Inflate His National Security Credentials?," The Washington Post , 04/03/17)

In Total, Ossoff Only Had The Security Clearance For Five Months "From March To August 2012." "Ossoff worked part time in Johnson's office from 2007-09; Pontoni also cited a piece of legislation Ossoff worked on in 2007 related to a Ugandan civil war that involved U.S. special forces. Ossoff was a fulltime staffer under Johnson from 2010-12, and he did have top-secret security clearance from March to August 2012." (Christopher Hopper, "Race To Replace Tom Price: Verifying Jon Ossoff's National Security Background," 11 Alive ABC , 03/28/17)


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