(RepublicanWire.org) – Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock of Georgia doubled his income after being elected senator, with more than half of his income coming from book deals and outside employment, according to Senate financial disclosures he filed on Aug. 15.
Warnock made roughly $541,000 in 2021 and was paid over $364,000 from outside sources in addition to his $174,000 Senate salary, according to his financial disclosures. As a result of these outside payments, the Georgia Democrat made over double his previous salary, which was $221,602 in 2020, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
Warnock received $243,750 from Penguin Random House for his book, which was published in June, according to the disclosures. Ebenezer Baptist Church also paid Warnock $120,964 for his position as senior pastor in 2021, this payment included a $7,417-per-month housing allowance, the Free Beacon reported.
The senator took most of the church’s money as a housing allowance, allowing him to avoid the Senate’s $29,000 outside income cap, according to the Free Beacon. Previously, during the 2020 Georgia senatorial runoff election, Warnock accused his opponent, former Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, of “using the people’s seat to enrich yourself.”
Warnock also collected tens of thousands of dollars in campaign donations from political action committees (PACs) funded by large corporations this election cycle. At the same time, the senator claims that he has “never taken a dime of corporate PAC money” and pledged not to do so.
Warnock took money for that campaign from a private-sector firm that is buying up private homes to then rent out after he warned about corporations doing that very thing during his campaign.
Warnock’s campaign took $29,600 during the first and second quarters of 2022 from Democratic leadership PACs that have in turn accepted $1.6 million from corporate-backed PACs since 2003, according to Federal Election Commission records (FEC).
“Raphael Warnock is the ultimate actor,” Lawson, the GOP strategist, said at the time. “Whether it’s in terms of his voting record for billions in wasteful spending or taking huge sums from liberal corporate mega-donors. He’s the ultimate hypocrite and I think Georgia voters see through his lies and his hypocrisy.”
Warnock will face off in November against Republican candidate Herschel Walker, a retired NFL player. The senator leads Walker by two points, according to a FiveThirtyEight polling average.