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Meet the Biden Donor Who Is Organizing a Georgia Senate Debate

Added 08-08-22 06:20:03pm EST - “A Joe Biden donor is the organizer behind a U.S. Senate debate in Georgia that will allow Democratic senator Raphael Warnock to symbolically debate an empty podium after Republican challenger Herschel Walker turned down the invitation.” - Freebeacon.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Freebeacon.com: “Meet the Biden Donor Who Is Organizing Georgia Senate Debate”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A Joe Biden donor is the organizer behind a U.S. Senate debate in Georgia that will allow Democratic senator Raphael Warnock to symbolically debate an empty podium after Republican challenger Herschel Walker turned down the invitation.

Atlanta Press Club director Lauri Strauss, who is organizing the debate, and at least three other members of the group's board have donated thousands to Democrats, including Biden, Georgia Democratic senator Jon Ossoff—and Warnock himself.

Strauss in 2020 donated $173 to Biden and $35 to Sen. Mark Kelly (D., Ariz.), according to campaign finance records. Strauss is the organizer of the press club debate and personally extended the group's invitation to Walker, according to an email obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

"Mr. Walker's opponent has confirmed his participation in our debate, and we hope to have your confirmation as well," wrote Strauss in a June 21 email to Walker's campaign. "I look forward to hearing back from you."

News of the donations comes after Walker declined to attend the debate, citing political bias at the Atlanta Press Club. The contributions could fuel criticism of the organization, which has said it will allow Warnock at the Oct. 16 event to debate with an empty podium symbolizing Walker's absence. If one candidate does not show up, having the other candidate debate an empty podium is a long-standing policy for the APC.

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