Something always appeared ‘off’ about Raphael Warnock.
Ever since 2020 when he became politically relevant, people began noticing that Warnock seemed to fit that wealthy Baptist preacher stereotype found typically in the Deep South.
Turns out, it was only appearances and Warnock was by no means a wealthy man — until he became a U.S. Senator.
The importance of being a U.S. Senator and the influence that office holds can be exploited and monetized. Becoming an elected official is now often seen as a lucrative career path through which one’s own personal wealth can grow exponentially. Civil service is no longer a thankless calling or a sacrifice, like being a doctor, for example.
More than ever politicians are looking to cash in regardless of the ethical or moral contradictions — and just so happen to be majority Democrats.
Democrat Sen. Raphael Warnock is a perfect example of this recent phenomenon.
The “Marxist preacher” from Georgia doubled his income after only one year of being elected U.S. 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.
[source: The Daily Caller]
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.
Where’s the market for Warnock’s book? Who wants to read an autobiography from a junior Senator who’s made ZERO impact on American politics? That’s not to say he won’t make an impact in the future, which is probably a more appropriate time to write a book.
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.
The Georgia Democrat also reportedly used upwards of $60,000 to pay his child support.
It seems Warnock is checking a few stereotypical boxes here…
Author: Elizabeth Tierney