House Democrat Gave $1K to GOP Rep. Mia Love's Campaign

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Congresswoman-Elect (R-UT) Mia Love on 'This Week'

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Rep. David Scott, D-Georgia, contributed $1,000 to the reelection campaign of Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, the freshman Republican told the Salt Lake Tribune editorial board.

And a "David Scott for Congress" based in Georgia contributed $1,000 to Love's campaign on May 16, ABC News has confirmed. Love's campaign said this was Rep. Scott's contribution.

Love told the paper that Scott wanted to support her candidacy as the first black Republican woman to serve in the House.

"I am the only candidate out of 435 members that has been endorsed and supported by someone from the other side of the aisle," she told the newspaper. "That tells you something."

Love faces Democrat Doug Owens, an attorney, in a rematch of the 2014 race, which she won 50-46.8 percent.

Owens is hoping for a better result in a year when Donald Trump could hurt down-ballot Republicans in places like Utah, where the GOP presidential nominee is deeply unpopular.

Love's seat is considered a toss-up by the Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan political newsletter. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has targeted her seat as one they hope to flip in November.

Scott, a moderate Democrat, and the DCCC did not immediately return a request for comment.

Owens' campaign dismissed Scott's unusual donation.

"Mia Love is a national political celebrity, so this is no surprise. Doug Owens, on the other hand, is and will always be focused on Utah voters, not politicians from the other side of the country," Owens spokesman Taylor Morgan said in an email.