Biden and DNC raise $60.5 million in April, despite coronavirus-driven economic spiral


MAY 11, 2020

Joe Biden’s campaign usually doesn’t report his fundraising numbers early, but the presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee is making an exception. 

In an email to supporters Monday, Biden touted how his team and the Democratic National Committee raised $60.5 million in April, with an average online donation of $32.63.

“I am especially humbled because I know what a sacrifice it is to give in economic times as difficult as the one we’re in. When staring down the face of economic uncertainty, you chose to put your money behind me. For that, I will always be eternally thankful,” he wrote.

The two-term vice president and Delware’s 36-year senator was referencing what he described as “one of the toughest months in the history of our country.”

“We now have over a million confirmed cases of COVID-19. More than 80,000 deaths. 33 million Americans have lost their jobs to the pandemic,” he added.

The deadline for the presidential campaigns to disclose their monthly figures from April is May 20. During the primary, a cash-strapped Biden would put off announcing his numbers until they were about to be made public via the Federal Elections Commission and other groups. In contrast, Vermont Sen Bernie Sanders and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, vanquished White House rivals and fundraising powerhouses, would eagerly show off their hauls early on the first day of a new reporting period.

While it’s unclear how much money Biden and the DNC have in their accounts, the totals are just shy of what they brought in during March. Biden generated $46.7 million last month, with $26.4 million cash-on-hand, compared to the DNC, which raised $32.5 million, though $18 million of that was part of a transfer from ex-hopeful Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire three-term New York City mayor.

Meanwhile, President Trump and the Republican National Committee, along with their fundraisng committees, continue to add to their historically large coffers. The incumbent, the RNC, and their affiliates attracted $63 million in March, but are yet to disclose their April takings.

Courtesy/Source: Washington Examiner