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Post by Addie » Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:06 am

Politico
'Doomsday scenario': Cash shortage squeezes huge Dem field

Nearly half of Democratic candidates spent more campaign cash than they raised in the second quarter of the year.


Months of bleak polling couldn’t stop the parade of lower-level Democrats crowding into the presidential primary.

But bankruptcy might.

Eleven Democratic presidential candidates — nearly half of the sprawling field — spent more campaign cash than they raised in the second quarter of the year, according to new financial disclosures filed Monday. Eight contenders active in the spring limped forward with less than $1 million in cash on hand, and several top-tier contenders were already spending multiples of what their lower-profile competitors raised.

The financial squeeze is set to drastically shrink the lineup of Democratic contenders in the coming months, barring major shifts in momentum, as candidates grapple with the doldrums of summer fundraising and the high costs of staffing national campaigns and building donor lists big enough to qualify for future Democratic National Committee debates. The numbers also reveal the tremendous pressure on lesser-known candidates to make a splash in the debates at the end of this month — potentially the last chance some will have to attract a burst of support as their expenses pile up.

“This is the doomsday scenario for a lot of campaigns, where they’re grasping for air to keep their campaigns alive and to live another day,” said Andrew Feldman, a Democratic strategist in Washington. “You can’t build an organization. You can’t build an operation that turns enthusiasm into votes without having resources to do it.”

The disclosures show a yawning gap growing between the Democratic primary’s five front-runners — who combined to rake in about $100 million — and a collection of rivals increasingly struggling to get by, thanks to combinations of low fundraising, relatively high expenses and little money built up in previous years or fundraising quarters.
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NPR ( Updated July 16 2019): Tracking The Money Race Behind The Presidential Campaign

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Post by Addie » Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:31 pm

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In 2020 Democratic Fund-Raising, Five Candidates Stand Out

Five Democratic presidential candidates raised a combined $96 million from individual donors in the last three months — about three-quarters of the total fund-raising by the entire Democratic field, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Monday.

We crunched the latest fund-raising numbers for the candidates, and the findings paint a picture of the diverging fortunes in the 2020 race. The numbers highlight the financial challenges that many of the lesser-known candidates are facing as they seek to keep their campaigns afloat.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg more than tripled his fund-raising from the first quarter, as did Senator Elizabeth Warren. Senators Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris raised about the same as in the first quarter. Former Representative Beto O’Rourke took in a fraction of what he raised in the first 18 days of his campaign. And former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. came in second to Mr. Buttigieg.


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Vox: 5 winners and 18 losers from the Democratic presidential fundraising quarter

Biden is no dominant frontrunner, and other takeaways from the latest filings.

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Post by Addie » Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:11 pm

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More than 3 million people gave to Democrats via ActBlue, signaling another big year for online small-dollar donations

More than 3 million people have given money to Democratic candidates and left-leaning organizations this year through ActBlue, an online fundraising platform that helped drive the party’s small-dollar boom in 2018.

Those donors together have given more than $420 million through the platform in the 2020 election cycle, surpassing the $249 million given at this point in the 2018 campaign, according to figures provided by ActBlue to The Washington Post.

The latest figures show an eagerness on the part of Democratic donors to provide financial support to their preferred candidates and causes — from local candidates to groups helping migrants detained at the border to the many 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls — long before the November 2020 election.

“These donors reflect a tremendous amount of energy and interest,” said Erin Hill, ActBlue executive director. “Seeing that kind of energy early is a testament to how engaged and empowered the grass-roots [donors] are.”
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CBS News: Small-dollar Democratic donors give $420 million through ActBlue in first half of year

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Post by Addie » Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:37 pm

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Obama and Clinton’s bundlers are betting on these 3 candidates

The biggest fundraisers in the Democratic Party have identified early favorites as the 2020 candidates jockey for resources.


Big-money Democratic donors have jumped off the sidelines of the presidential race, and three candidates are the clear winners of their support: Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg and Kamala Harris.

Each of those three candidates received more than 220 donations from top fundraisers who helped raise at least $100,000 — and sometimes many multiples more — for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign or at least $50,000 for Barack Obama in 2012, according to a POLITICO analysis of Federal Election Commission data. Members of this group of nearly 2,000 bundlers have tapped their personal networks in the past to collectively raise tens of millions of dollars for Democratic campaigns.

But while top Democratic fundraisers donated more money in the second quarter of 2019 than in the slow first three months of the year, many are no closer to choosing a single candidate: Close to 40 percent of the 810 bundlers who have donated to a 2020 Democrat have given to more than one candidate.

And while the Democratic field has largely fought to be the party of small-dollar donors in 2020, Biden, Buttigieg and Harris in particular have hustled for bundler support behind closed doors during the early months of the campaign.

“They’ve asked for help, they’ve asked for support, they’ve asked you to co-host events. They’ve asked for introductions to others,” said Rufus Gifford, former finance director for Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, who has donated to Harris, Biden and several other candidates. ...

After this top tier of candidates, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker is the Democrat who received donations from the most bundlers. Booker has raised money from 152 fundraisers so far during this election cycle. While 39 of the bundlers donated to Warren, seven have given to Sanders’ campaign so far.

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Post by Addie » Sat Jul 20, 2019 1:16 pm

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Joe Biden dominates, but Pete Buttigieg makes inroads with Obama's elite bundlers

Washington (CNN)Former Vice President Joe Biden drew dozens of Barack Obama's fundraisers to his presidential bid during the April-to-June fundraising quarter, but his rivals -- led by South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg -- also are capturing some of those elite bundlers, a CNN analysis of new 2020 campaign filings shows.

At least 40 top fundraisers to Obama's 2012 reelection effort donated to Buttigieg's campaign during the three-month period, helping to catapult the once little-known mayor to the top financial tier. Buttigieg raised nearly $25 million during the second quarter, outpacing Biden and all his other competitors for the Democratic presidential nomination.
In interviews this week, several Obama bundlers said the 37-year-old Buttigieg has energized a wide range of political donors.

Bryan Rafanelli, a Boston-based event planner who raised money for both Obama and Hillary Clinton, said he decided to "speed date" a few candidates before quickly settling on Buttigieg. He's already hosted four events for the mayor, and the first sold out so quickly that organizers had to add a 55-person lunch with only donors who gave the $2,800 maximum contribution for the primary, he said.

"There is no question that people in the Clinton and Obama worlds started to connect and say, 'Who is this guy?' And ask, 'Why is he so special?' " Rafanelli said about the early buzz around Buttigieg.

"Look, I have maxed out to Joe Biden, I love Joe," he added. "But this excitement of getting people invested in someone running for president, to me, it is priceless. Whether Pete goes all the way or not, I think that is part of it. We are hungry for a solution. So, people are willing to say, 'I am going to try this.'"

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Post by Addie » Sun Jul 28, 2019 6:41 pm

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Wisconsin donors favor Trump in Q2 contributions for 2020 campaign

Wisconsin donors to the 2020 presidential campaigns emptied their pockets most for President Donald Trump, according to filings for second-quarter itemized contributions.

Trump’s campaign received $243,175 in itemized contributions, donations that exceed $200, from Wisconsinites in the second quarter.

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren’s campaign raised $73,466 in the second quarter, the second largest sum from Wisconsinites. She was followed by Democratic presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders, who raised $43,031 and $42,099 in the second quarter, respectively. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s campaign raised $36,705 in the second quarter, the sixth largest sum.

Contributions greater than $200 to federal candidates, PACs or parties must be itemized and disclosed to the Federal Election Commission by law. These donations include specific information including the donor’s name, address, employer and occupation. Contributions $200 or less only need to be reported as a lump sum to the FEC, and were not included in this La Crosse Tribune analysis.

Small-dollar donations add up, and more than 50% of the money raised so far by the Trump, Sanders and Warren campaigns have come from small-dollar donors.

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Post by Addie » Mon Jul 29, 2019 12:29 pm

The Atlantic: Political Fundraising Has a Big, Nasty Secret

U.S. campaign-finance laws have been written to prevent donors from taking advantage of politicians—but do little to protect donors from being scammed.
Associated Press: Freshmen House Democrats raise more money than GOP opponents

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Post by Addie » Mon Jul 29, 2019 12:39 pm

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Independent Democratic effort to defeat Trump raises more than $23 million, group says

Priorities USA, an independent Democratic effort focused on defeating President Trump in 2020, raised $23.4 million through the first half of the year, while reporting pledges of an additional $64.6 million, the group announced Monday.

The organization, which took a lead role in attacking Republican presidential candidates in 2012 and 2016, has pledged to spend $100 million to defeat Trump through the Democratic primaries, largely through television and digital advertising.

The bulk of the money Priorities USA raised this year — nearly 80 percent — flowed into its nonprofit arm, which does not disclose its donors. Previously, Priorities USA raised most of its donations through its super PAC, which must disclose donors.

So far in 2019, Priorities USA has raised $18.6 million through the nonprofit and $4.8 million through the super PAC, officials said. The super PAC figures will be made public Wednesday through federal filings. The amount raised by its nonprofit probably will not be verified until after the 2020 elections because of delays in nonprofit filings.

Still, the reported amount so far in donations and pledges signals enthusiasm among wealthy Democratic donors who are eager to pour money into defeating Trump but do not yet have a preferred candidate in the Democratic primary.
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Politico: Trump-endorsed outside groups outraised by Dems

Priorities USA raised more money than Trump-aligned America First in the first half of 2019.

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Post by Addie » Wed Jul 31, 2019 6:55 pm

CNN: Bernie Sanders raises $1.1 million following debate
The Hill: Delaney posts best online fundraising day of campaign after primary debate ...

The campaign did not immediately respond to a request for clarification from The Hill regarding the amount that was raised. :roll:

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Post by ZekeB » Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:13 pm

Steyer continues to run ads that trash Trump and the do-nothing republicans. He never pokes at other democrat candidates. This makes me wonder. Considering that he's running those ads under the guise of running for president, does a different set of rules apply to the amount of money he can spend if running for president as opposed to him spending it attacking republicans as a non-candidate? Is he doing this in a way that allows him to spend all the money he wishes?
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Post by Addie » Sat Aug 10, 2019 7:21 am

H/T Jeffrey

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Tulsi Gabbard, Andrew Yang, and Julián Castro have the biggest share of nonwhite donors in the 2020 race

White Democratic candidates aren't doing so hot with non-white donors.

Scratch that, no 2020 candidates have a very big portion of their donations coming from people of color. Despite the Democratic party showing increasing numbers of minority support, an analysis of campaign finance data from Sludge and Data for Progress reveals that of donors who gave $200 or more, just one candidate racked up even a third of their donations from non-white supporters.

Donations of less than $200 don't have to be provided to the Federal Election Commission, so people who gave less aren't necessarily reflected in campaign finance data. Still, of the data available, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) has the highest portion of donations from people of color, at 33.4%. The vast majority of that segment came from Asian donors, who made up 32% of Gabbard's overall donor base. Andrew Yang is next with 33.1% of his donors being non-white, and 29.3% Asian donors overall. Julián Castro has 31.6% non-white voters, largely thanks to 26.9% of his donations coming from Latino backers.

There's a large jump before we arrive at Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who got 7.5% of her donations from self-described African-American voters. Still, just 14.9% of her donors were non-white, giving a total of $820,776. Closely behind are New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

At the other end of the spectrum, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg got the most money from white donors, at $6,950,825. Sludge couldn't find a single African-American donor giving over $200 to former Rep. John Delaney, while Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) had just one African-American donor and six non-white donors overall. ...

Find more donor analysis at Sludge and Data for Progress. Kathryn Krawczyk

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Post by Addie » Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:00 pm

Politico: Joe Biden’s boom and bust online campaign

Biden’s online fundraising has tailed off, suggesting problems generating grassroots enthusiasm, a POLITICO review of millions of donations shows.

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Post by Addie » Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:24 pm

Think Progress: America’s broken campaign finance system is a 2020 issue

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Post by Addie » Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:02 am

Associated Press
Democrats spending millions to try to take back statehouses

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrats still shaken by the 2010 tea party wave that netted Republicans six governors’ offices, flipped 21 statehouse chambers and drove nearly 700 Democratic state legislators from office are mounting a comeback, pouring millions of dollars into state level races.

In a longtime Republican district covering a wealthy enclave of Dallas, Democratic challenger Shawn Terry has raised $235,000, an eye-popping amount for a statehouse race that’s more than a year away. In Virginia, where the GOP holds a slim majority, Democrats have outraised Republicans for the first time in years. Democrats are even putting some money in deeply Republican Louisiana.

The cash deluge shows how the consequences of next year’s elections run far deeper than President Donald Trump’s political fate. The party that controls state legislatures will take a leading role in the once-in-a-decade redistricting process that redraws congressional maps. Newly empowered Republicans used that process to their favor following the tea party victories, and Democrats want to use the same playbook.

“There is, especially for this cycle, a very strong focus on redistricting,” Terry said.

The stakes are particularly high following a recent Supreme Court ruling that decided federal courts have no business policing political boundary disputes in many cases. The ruling doesn’t apply to districts gerrymandered along racial lines but otherwise gives states wide latitude to draw maps with little concern for an eventual judicial rebuke.

“Everybody knows everything is at stake,” said Stephanie Schriock, president of the group EMILY’s List, which recruits and trains women to run for office and plans to spend $20 million on legislative races. “We just have to go in and win chambers.”

Organizations like EMILY’s List, the Democratic Governors Association and the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee have seen a sharp increase in donations, nearing parity with Republicans who almost always outraise and outspend them, according to an analysis of IRS data by The Associated Press.

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