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This Miami attorney will have a lot to do with whether Democrats fare well in 2020

Chris Korge sits with Hillary Clinton in this picture posted in June 2016 to his Facebook page. Korge, a Coral Gables attorney and major Hillary Clinton fundraiser, will serve as the Democratic National Committee’s next finance chairman.
Chris Korge sits with Hillary Clinton in this picture posted in June 2016 to his Facebook page. Korge, a Coral Gables attorney and major Hillary Clinton fundraiser, will serve as the Democratic National Committee’s next finance chairman.

The Democratic National Committee has picked Coral Gables attorney Chris Korge to serve as its next finance chairman, placing its ability to raise money and fund Democratic activities across the country in the hands of a prominent South Florida politico and Clinton confidant.

Korge on Monday confirmed to the Miami Herald that he will replace Henry Muñoz, who is stepping down after six years raising money for the Democratic Party’s national apparatus. Korge will serve in an interim basis until he can be elected to the DNC’s board of officers this August in San Francisco.

“Chris Korge’s service to the party spans nearly four decades, most recently as one of the top fundraisers to Andrew Gillum and Hillary Clinton, and Democrats across the country will be in good hands with him leading the charge,” DNC Chairman Tom Perez said in a statement. “I look forward to the opportunity to support his election as permanent Finance Chair later this summer.”

Korge’s new role as finance chairman was first reported by Politico. He told a reporter Monday that he was taking meetings in Washington and was unavailable for comment.

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Already known as one of the Democratic Party’s biggest bundlers of campaign checks, Korge steps into a vital role for an organization that has been significantly outraised and outspent by its Republican counterpart since Donald Trump became president.

The Republican National Committee has nearly doubled the $196 million raised by the Democratic National Committee since 2017, including a $45 million to $21 million advantage in the first quarter of the year.

For years, the 64-year-old attorney, developer and one-time county hall lobbyist has been an important fundraiser for Democrats. He has raised millions for both Hillary and Bill Clinton, served as national co-chairman for Kerry Edwards Victory in 2004 and this year was co-chairman of Miami’s unsuccessful bid to bring the Democratic convention to South Florida next summer.

Korge, who has hosted presidential fundraisers at his Pinecrest home, was planning to support Terry McAuliffe had the former Virginia governor chosen to run for president, but McAuliffe recently chose not to join a historically crowded field.

Now, the Democratic Party will rely on Korge to help coordinate and support state and federal races and prepare for the 2020 national political convention in Milwaukee.

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