If you watched the first night of the presidential debates, one thing was obvious: Elizabeth Warren is doing well. Her "I have a plan for that" attitude seems to weirdly be working. In today's political world of false promises made by countless politicians, having a clear and understandable plan is appealing to voters.
It must be, because in April, May, and June the Warren campaign received donations of $19.1 million.
To put that in perspective: that's more than three times the amount of donations the campaign received in the first quarter of 2019. What's more, that's $1 million more than Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders raised in the same months, and a whopping $7 million more than California Sen. Kamala Harris.
But wait, there's more.
Warren, in keeping with her campaign promise to avoid influence from corporations and lobbyists, has foregone all big ticket fundraising events and refused large corporate donations. While Warren's competitors may have gotten a single donation that accounted for millions, the average campaign contribution to Warren was $28.
"To sum it up: we raised more money than any other 100% grassroots-funded campaign. That's big," said campaign manager Roger Lau in an email to supporters announcing the fundraising totals.
According to WBUR, her campaign raised the third highest amount this quarter, only trailing former Vice President Joe Biden and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who both spent a lot more time than her at high-end fundraising events.
While a high amount of campaign contributions - even grassroots contributions - does not always correlate with success (take Bernie Sanders' 2016 primary race against Hillary Clinton, for example), but it definitely means a candidate has wide base of support and are moving in the right direction. Only time will tell if Warren's campaign can use the money wisely and effectively to build on that base.
For now, Warren's campaign will be looking forward to the next round of democratic debates to continue to push her campaign forwards. The second debate will be held on July 30th and 31st in Detroit, Michigan, and will be broadcast live on CNN.
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