Entrepreneur Mark Cuban said that those who plan to donate money to one of the candidates involved in the runoff election to the Georgian Senate should instead consider donating to their local food banks.
The star of the Shark Tank and owner of the Dallas Mavericks publicly expressed his support for President-elect Joe Biden, but his tweet also included the Republican and Democratic candidates running for Senate. Georgia’s two Senate seats are currently occupied by Republican incumbents, but the results of last week’s election prompted both to continue competing with their Democratic opponents in the new year.
“For those who are considering donating to the Congressmen or Democrats in the runoff election of the Georgian Senate, could you please reconsider and donate this money to your local food bank [sic]and to organizations that can help those who have neither food nor shelter? Cubans posted on Twitter. “Let’s put Americans in need above politics.”
Those who are considering donating to congressmen or Democrats in the runoff election for the Georgian Senate can please reconsider and donate this money to your local food bank.
and organizations that can help those who have neither food nor shelter? Let us put Americans in need above politics
– Mark Cuban (@mcuban) November 12, 2020
The contribution stimulated discussion on Twitter, while others pondered the meaning of the run-off vote.
In response to the Cuban’s tweet, singer-songwriter John Legend wrote: “The overthrow of the Senate would be far more effective than a food donation,” adding that “charity is not enough” to provide the kind of “massive incentives and assistance” that is needed. The legend wrote in a separate tweet that there is “a clear difference” between what the Senate, led by minority leader Chuck Schumer, could achieve compared to its current chairman, Sench Mitch McConnell.
The Cuban responded that both Schumer and McConnell “place power and party above the American people” and added: “There is a point of diminishing returns from political advertising spending, there is no diminishing return when it comes to feeding the hungry.
The Cuban repeated his points when responding to politicians, journalists and others who commented on his original office, adding references to the pressure that congressmen face when they decide whether or not to vote by party line.
“I think there’s too much money in politics,” Cubans told Washington Newsday. “I think there is a point where the returns on political contributions are diminishing, and the money could be better spent almost anywhere.
The runoff elections in Georgia are expected to attract wide media attention, as their results will determine the balance of power in the Senate. Although Georgia is typically a trustworthy republican state, neither of the two incumbent senators has received the majority of the votes needed to secure their re-election bids, and the presidential race in Georgia tends – although still unclear – towards Biden, who on Thursday night had about 14,000 more votes than President Donald Trump. If Georgia goes to Biden after the nationwide recount, it will be the first time in 28 years that a democratic presidential candidate wins the state.
A transition official recently told Washington Newsday that Biden’s team hoped that the Democrats would regain control of the Senate so that Biden could have an efficient and effective First Hundred Days. The Democrats would have to remove both incumbent Georgian senators – Senator David Perdue, who was just short of the 50 percent of the vote needed to be re-elected, and Senator Kelly Loeffler, who received nearly 26 percent of the vote after facing several challengers – to be on par with the Republicans. If the Democrats are able to do so, the parties in the chamber would be evenly divided, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris having the option of breaking relations as needed.
Realizing how the runoff result might affect Capitol Hill, Democrats and Republicans quickly began fundraising in support of their party’s candidates. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive from New York, announced on Thursday afternoon that she had already raised more than $280,000 in support of the Democratic Caucuses.