Every week, AR/Intel compiles the latest developments from the Democratic primary campaign trail. This week, the leading candidates released their third quarter campaign fundraising totals and the results could be a cause of concern for the Biden team. Catch up on the latest below.
Former Vice President Joe Biden
Fundraising (4th Place): Biden’s campaign announced that he raised $15.2 million in the third quarter, a drop off of $7 million from the previous quarter.
Ukraine Story Hurting Biden: Polling released by Monmouth University last week suggests that the Ukraine story, which spurred Democrats to announce a formal impeachment inquiry of President Trump, may be costing Joe Biden support.
Early State Push: Biden’s campaign announced a $6 million media effort on broadcast and digital channels across the four early primary and caucus states; Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Fundraising (2nd Place): Warren’s campaign announced that she raised $24.6 million in the past three months, receiving 943,000 donations from 509,000 donors.
Questions About Pregnancy Claims: On the campaign trail, Warren has consistently claimed that she was dismissed after her first year of teaching because she was pregnant. Recently uncovered documents contradict that claim, however. According to filings from the Riverdale Board of Education (where Warren was employed), she was approved for a second-year teaching, casting doubt on her story.
Queen Of New Taxes: Warren has proposed at least nine new taxes as part of her 2020 campaign, an analysis from CNBC shows.
New Plan – “Excessive Lobbying” Tax: Last week, Warren released yet another policy proposal, this time imposing a tax on companies that spend to lobby Congress. Under her proposal, companies that spend between $500,000 and $1 million a year on lobbying would pay a 35% tax on their expenditures. The rate would increase to 60% for spending of more than $1 million, and to 75% above $5 million. Scholars say the proposal will likely face legal challenges and should be viewed more as a political platform than serious policy.
New Plan – Building Up Unions: Warren also released a new labor proposal last Thursday that aims to bolster worker protections and make it easier for unions to assert their rights.
Sen. Bernie Sanders
Fundraising (1st Place): Sanders’ campaign announced that he raised $25.3 million in the third quarter from 1.4 million donors. Since launching his campaign, Sanders has collected $61.5 million from 3.3 million donors, making his average contribution $19.
Iowa Ads: Sanders’ campaign also announced that he is spending $1.3 million to launch his first television ad of the 2020 cycle in Iowa.
Heart Surgery And Medicare For All: Last week, Sanders’ campaign announced he had a heart procedure for a blocked artery and was canceling events and appearances “until further notice.” His campaign then sought to use the news to highlight the benefits of his Medicare for All healthcare plan.
Age Concerns: Following reports that Sanders’ medical procedure was needed due to a heart attack, The Washington Post raised questions about whether the Vermont senator’s age may be an issue for his campaign.
Sen. Kamala Harris
Fundraising (5th Place): Harris announced that she raised $11.6 million in the third quarter, a sum consistent with her previous hauls.
Impeachment Ads: A Reuters analysis found that among the Democrats running for their party’s 2020 nomination, Harris’ campaign is funding the most new Facebook ads calling for President Donald Trump’s impeachment.
California Concerns: The California senator is struggling to gain traction in her home state; a Public Policy Institute poll released last week showed Harris didn’t even crack the top three among likely Democratic or Democratic-leaning voters in California.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg
Fundraising (3rd Place): Buttigieg raised $19.1 million during the last three months, his campaign said. The haul was $5.8 million less than the $24.9 million he raised during the previous fund-raising period.