The media is all over highlighting the fact that some Democratic Presidential sweepstakes entrants are collecting money in the form of small donations …..
That kinda makes me wonder?
Last think I looked?
The ad companies , workers for campaigns and pollsters didn’t ask where the money for their check for their services came from….
As long as it was good?
Things move ahead…..
You cannot win the primaries AND a general election without BIG MONEY…..
It doesn’t work that way….
Donald Trump already has over a $100 Million set aside to run in 2020 if he survives in office….
Democrats may not want to hear that big business and rich people gave money….
But they would be pretty stupid NOT to take it…..
Rethinking the way Democrats engage in the so called “money primary” has been central to the transformation, even if it’s risky.
- “I want to run a campaign that’s based on principles and ideas, not on how much money I can scoop up from people who have already made it big,” Warren told Power Up. “This is a chance in a Democratic primary for us to do exactly that. To build the kind of grass roots movement, person to person, face to face, neighbor to neighbor across the country.”
- Warren’s campaign passed along evidence of the time saved from scrapping time-consuming fundraising rituals: She’s completed “29 hours doing 34 selfie lines, interacting with 10,000 people” and has had events in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Georgia, Nevada, California, New York, Texas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Puerto Rico and Alabama,” per a Warren aide.
- “There’s a big advantage to being able to spend your time campaigning, instead of fundraising. It really helped Trump in 2015 and 2016 that he didn’t have to spend time raising money like his competitors in the primary,” Conant said, referring to Trump raking in an “unprecedented deluge of small-dollar donations for the GOP.”
Of course, Democrats like Warren will only have to worry about ginning up enough cash to win the bruising Democratic primary. The winner of the Democratic nomination is all-but-assured to have a gigantic outside fundraising machine behind them in the form of outside groups and super PACs hungry to oust Trump.
- Just yesterday, the Democratic super PAC Priorities USA launched “it’s first digital ad campaign of the 2020 election cycle Tuesday after pledging to spend $100 million on early efforts in key battleground states,” CNN’s David Wright reports.
There are also Democrats who want to win at all costs — even if that means accepting big money. That includes the congressional staffer who told me over lunch yesterday that he just wants to beat Trump at all costs to the all-but-announced candidate, Joe Biden, who has reached out to supporters for “help in lining up contributions from major donors so he can quickly raise several million dollars,” the Wall Street Journal’s Emily Glazer and Ken Thomas report.
- “Mr. Biden has expressed concern to these people that he wouldn’t be able to raise millions of dollars in online donations immediately the way some other Democratic candidates have, including [Beto] and [Bernie],” a source told Glazer and Thomas.
This concern is not without cause: Trump has the obvious advantage of running as the lone Republican candidate in an open field with full control of the party’s operations and resources, and has already outspent by nine-to-one the top-spending Democratic candidates in the first two months of 2019, Warren and Kamala Harris.
- “Money is money,” Lim told us. “And that is the number one thing you need to keep a campaign afloat. So you can’t diminish the money raised — it’s eye popping to raise $6 million one day and $20 million in a quarter online … those numbers will play a key role in whether or not a candidate has the resources to get through the primaries.”