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Dems Convert Jon Ossoff Thirst Into Campaign Cash

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When his official portrait was released last month, Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-GA) experienced a routine Senate rite of passage.

But Ossoff’s legions of online fans, who had been anticipating the portrait for months, experienced something else—a heady mix of emotions expressed through emojis with bulging heart eyes, the eggplant emoji, and the meme of Leonardo DiCaprio’s character in The Wolf of Wall Street biting his fist.

In the over-the-top worship of the 33-year old senator from Georgia, some observers might see proof of an online fan culture run amok. But a crew of progressive digital organizers sees something different: a bunch of easy marks.

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