Biden, who raised significantly more than April’s $60.5 million, has built a lead over Republican President Donald Trump in national opinion polls amid the twin crises of the coronavirus pandemic and civil unrest over police brutality in many U.S. cities.
June 15 – Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee jointly raised $80.8 million in May, according to the Biden campaign on Monday, the most the campaign has raised in a month.
From Joseph Ax
On Monday night, one of these former rivals, Senator Elizabeth Warren, helped Biden raise $6 million from 620 donors for an online fundraiser in which both politicians participated – most for a Biden event so far.
The loot, however, shows the progress Biden’s fundraising has made since the former vice president managed to attract enough delegates to nominate the Democrats after winning the bid in a pre-election campaign in which he was often attacked by rivals.
The campaign claimed to have tripled its online donors since February, with an average online donation of $30 in May. But Trump still has a massive cash advantage after three years of fundraising.
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The committee and the Trump campaign raised $14 million on Sunday, Trump’s 74th birthday.
The Trump campaign has yet to announce its May numbers. In April, Trump and the Republican National Committee together raised $61.7 million, barely displacing the Democrats.
Several leading Biden fundraisers told Reuters this month that they saw an increase in support as the country was swept up in widespread protests over the murder of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody.
Last week, Trump attended his first personal fundraiser in months over the pandemic. Biden, who recently resumed his occasional travels, continued to hold virtual fundraisers.
In a statement, Biden said, “Just a few months ago, people were ready to write off this campaign. Now we are making huge dent in Donald Trump’s war chest. (Report by Joseph Ax in Princeton, New Jersey; Editors: Nick Zieminski and Leslie Adler)
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