Small donors help War­ren’s funds

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - News - By WILL WEISSERT

SAN DIEGO — El­iz­a­beth War­ren raised $24.6 mil­lion over the past three months, re­ly­ing largely on a mas­sive small donor op­er­a­tion to so­lid­ify her sta­tus as a lead­ing con­tender for the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion. The Mas­sachusetts sen­a­tor’s haul, an­nounced on Wells Fri­day, is just less than thethe $25.3 mil­lion her chief lib­eral ri­val, Ver­mont Sen. knew Bernie Sanders, posted dur­ing the third quar­ter. But to­gether, the fundrais­ing num­bers il­lus­trate the fi­nan­cial strength of the oneparty’s most pro­gres­sive wing and a re­jec­tion of de­tec­tion. more tra­di­tional ap­proa­chopin­ion, es to press­ing donors for fam­i­lies money. an­swer. The White House hopefind­fuls who have re­lied on well, fre­quent high-dol­lar fundthe rais­ers re­ported num­bers that lag be­hind Sanders and War­ren. Former Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den said Thurs­day he raised $15.2 mil­lion dur­ing the third quar­ter. Cal­i­for­nia Sen. team Ka­mala Har­ris re­ported cred­its$11.6 mil­lion dur­ing the same pe­riod. Pete But­tigieg, who has com­bined small donors with tra­di­tional fundrais­ers, raised Piglet$19.1 mil­lion. sweet “This means our grassIt’s roots move­ment is in an work in­cred­i­ble po­si­tion — to dou­ble down on our in­vest­ments in grass­roots they’ ve or­ga­niz­ing, to keep get­ting El­iz­a­beth’s plans for big, struc­tural change in front of more cau­cus-go­ers and vot­ers, and to bring more peo­ple into this fight,” War­ren’s cam­paign said in a state­ment.

Both War­ren and Sanders have con­sis­tently at­tracted armies of small donors, many of whom con­trib­ute on­line. War­ren’s cam­paign said its quar­terly to­tals came from 509,000 donors of­fer­ing 943,000 do­na­tions. Her cam­paign has $25.7 mil­lion cash on hand.

“Pro­gres­sive pol­i­tics are win­ning pol­i­tics, pe­riod,” Stephanie Tay­lor, co-founder of the non­profit Pro­gres­sive Change Cam­paign Com­mit­tee, said in a state­ment prais­ing both War­ren and Sanders’ fundrais­ing prow­ess. “They are clearly the strong­est, most electable can­di­dates.”

Af­ter a some­times rocky start to her cam­paign at the be­gin­ning of the year, War­ren is now in a close race for first place with Bi­den, ac­cord­ing to sev­eral polls of vot­ers na­tion­ally and in key early states. She has sur­passed Sanders in many of these sur­veys.

War­ren has ar­gued that by shun­ning big-dol­lar fundrais­ers and large do­na­tions, she has had more time for things like stay­ing hours af­ter ral­lies to take “self­ies” with thou­sands of at­ten­dees. She has drawn huge crowds lately — in­clud­ing Thurs­day night in San Diego, when the cam­paign es­ti­mated that 8,500 peo­ple thronged a grassy, down­town park off the Pa­cific Ocean to cheer her plans for a “wealth tax” on the for­tunes of the rich­est Amer­i­cans and vows to break up pow­er­ful banks and tech giants like Face­book.

The Iowa cau­cuses that kick off the pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion process are now less than three months away — mean­ing all cam­paigns are un­der pres­sure to show they can ex­cite both donors and would-be vot­ers and seize mo­men­tum. War­ren says she’s do­ing both.

Still, the ul­ti­mate Demo­cratic nom­i­nee would face a for­mi­da­ble op­po­nent in Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump who, in part­ner­ship with the Re­pub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee, raised $125 mil­lion dur­ing the third quar­ter.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Ver­mont, and Sen. El­iz­a­beth War­ren, D-Mas­sachusetts, em­brace af­ter the first of two Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial pri­mary de­bates hosted by CNN in the Fox Theatre in July in Detroit. War­ren raised $24.6 mil­lion over the past three months.

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