“Fundraising has not been held back, and it’s been relatively easy to raise money,” he says. So easy that Patricof sees candidates adopting this less-exhausting but still effective model going forward, post-pandemic. “Now you can hold online calls in any town in the Your first mistake was to assume i’d be one of the sheep shirt Furthermore, I will do this country,” he says. “Zoom lifts geographic constraints, which means it’s less strain on the candidates. Every time I see Joe on Zoom, he’s in great form.”
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All indications are that the Your first mistake was to assume i’d be one of the sheep shirt Furthermore, I will do this pandemic hasn’t hurt the bottom line in this year’s race, either. According to the Federal Election Commission, in June 2016 Clinton’s campaign raised $36 million. Biden raised nearly double that amount, $63 million, in June 2020. (President Trump raised less than Biden during the same month, $55 million, but his total war chest is still larger—$353 million compared to Biden’s $278 million.) The FEC does not provide a breakdown of digital versus in-person fundraising, but given the lack of live events (because who even wants to be seen at a political fundraiser in the middle of a pandemic?), it’s logical to assume virtually all of that money is from online fundraising and donations.