Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff decried "the role of money in politics" in an interview aired Tuesday, despite running the most expensive congressional campaign in history.
Ossoff made the comments to NPR on the morning of the special election in Georgia's sixth congressional district, which he lostlater that night to Republican Karen Handel after raising about five times more than her campaign. His campaign also spent nearly seven times more on advertisement time and other costs than Handel.
Still, Ossoff, who ended up losing by 3.8 percentage points, called money in politics a "major problem."
"The role of money in politics is a major problem and particularly the role of unchecked anonymous money," Ossoff told NPR host Rachel Martin. "There have been super PACs in Washington who have been putting up tens of millions of dollars of attack ads in here for months now."
Ossoff outspent his Republican opponent $22.2 million to $3.5 million on advertisements and other campaign expenses, according to an election-eve analysis by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.