Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock of Georgia doubled his prior income before he was 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 $174,000Senate 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 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.
Warnock’s office did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
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