Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) threw down a small-dollar donations gauntlet in February, eschewing big donors and drawing from fellow progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-VT) grassroots playbook. That pledge hasn’t backfired as some expected, but it’s resulted in fundraising numbers that are good — not great.
Warren raised around $6 million in the first quarter of the year, according to her campaign’s FEC filing report. The Massachusetts senator has gotten most of her money from donations of $200 or less. But then again, so has Sanders, who is the leading 2020 financial fundraiser with $18.2 million, outraising Warren three times over.
The first look at 2020 candidates’ finances this week showed voters that Sanders and Warren’s campaigns are both being driven by grassroots support; Sanders has raised 80 percent of his donations from small donors, while Warren has raised 70 percent of hers that way.
A few other major candidates are also raising the majority of their money from small donations, but none to quite the extent of Sanders and Warren: South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg raised 64 percent of his overall $7.1 million haul from small donations, while former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke got 59 percent of his $9.4 million total from small contributions. Other major candidates, including Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), are relying far more on other sources; small donations made up 39 percent of Harris’s fundraising and just 16 percent of Booker’s.
But the sheer size of Sanders’s fundraising haul compared to Warren’s shows a clear reality: As these two progressives compete for a similar base of support in the 2020 campaign, Sanders is a formidable opponent. If fundraising numbers are a show of enthusiasm, it’s clear that Sanders’s 2016 base is still very enthusiastic about the Vermont senator and that it will be tough for Warren to cut into that support.
Even though Warren’s $6 million in funds raised puts her behind Sanders, Harris, O’Rourke, and Buttigieg, she is still on solid financial footing. Warren has spent about as much as she’s raised (largely on hiring campaign staff). But she also transferred $10.4 million from her Senate campaign to her presidential campaign, so she’s actually the candidate with the second-most cash on hand — $11.2 million, behind Sanders’s $15.7 million.
In other words, Warren seemingly planned ahead and has plenty of money to keep going for now. But if she wants to win the nomination — a journey that could take another year — she also needs to work on boosting her future small-dollar fundraising numbers, because it’s her main cash stream.
Warren swore off PAC money to make a statement. But it’s a risky move.
In a presidential field where numerous candidates swore off corporate PAC money, Warren went a step further. In February, the anti-big banks crusader said she wouldn’t grant big donors special access, or do fundraisers or call time with wealthy people who could bankroll her campaign.
“For every time you see a presidential candidate talking with voters at a town hall, rally, or local diner, those same candidates are spending three or four or five times as long with wealthy donors — on the phone, or in conference rooms at hedge fund offices, or at fancy receptions and intimate dinners — all behind closed doors,” Warren wrote in an email to her supporters.
Warren gave herself strident fundraising restrictions to prove to voters she couldn’t be bought: no PAC, corporate PAC, or Super PAC money, no donations from federal lobbyists.
But even as Warren follows through on her promises, cutting off so many sources of potential funding carries risk — as Vox’s Emily Stewart wrote:
Still, Warren’s decision may very well come at a cost. She will still accept checks up to the maximum for the cycle, $2,800, but because she’ll be avoiding events where those types of checks are often written, she probably won’t bring in as many.
As the Washington Post notes, Warren has had some issues with fundraising already. This latest decision could complicate the situation even further. Or it could be used as cover when her fundraising numbers are lower than expected.
Warren helped shield herself a bit with the transfer from her Senate campaign, but that’s not an unlimited coffer. And we still have many months to go before the first Democratic primaries kick off in February.
16 Striking Photos That Can Touch Your Heart
Photos keep our memories safe and every time we look at them we can immerse ourselves in the moments that have been captured in them. They can also help us to understand what’s really important in this world. And it doesn’t matter whether these photos are from your personal album or belong to somebody else. Their messages, feelings, and emotions can be perceived in one glance.
Here at Bright Side, we believe that the following photos will really touch your heart.
This couple has battled leukemia for 15 years since they were children. Now they’re husband and wife.
This fireman gave a cat that got hurt in a fire mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and saved it.
“My dad, who has dementia, trying to remember my name”
His owner passed away but the dog continues to sit near his bed and wait.
This is what depression looks like over 24 hours.
Have you ever seen a blind dog enjoying the sounds of a lake?
An Iranian girl cheers for her favorite football team from behind the fence since Iranian women aren’t allowed into stadiums.
“My mom painted dementia.”
When all you have is memories:
The 3 social classes in The Philippines in one photo
“My buddy, a glass blowing artist, used my dad’s ashes to make a keepsake marble I can take with me anywhere.”
“She gave me the best 11 years of her life and I can only hope that I was able to do the same thing for her.”
“A year ago, my little sister left this world. This weekend her heart recipient met my mom and shared her heart beat.”
“The moment your dog comes out of the fire you thought he died in”
“3 months ago we were told our newborn was blind. 2 weeks ago we found out the doctors were wrong. Today, she got her glasses.”
“I’m just so proud of you!”
Today my daughter graduated from pre-K. After the ceremony, my son walked up to her and gave her a hug. “I’m just so proud of you,” he said. Then, of course, my daughter started crying. As we wiped away our tears, my husband asked her, “Pumpkin, why are you crying?” She responded, “I’m just so happy.”
Each photo has its own story. Which of them touched you the most?
Komünist Başkan, Aldığı Kararla Sosyal Medyada Trend Topic Oldu
Mehmet Fatih Maçoğlu’nun belediye başkanı olduğu Tunceli Belediyesi Meclisi, ‘Tunceli’ yazan belediye tabelasının ‘Dersim’ olarak değiştirilmesine karar verdi. Bu karar sonrası Maçoğlu, sosyal medyada Trend Topic oldu.
Tunceli Belediye Başkanı TKP’li Fatih Mehmet Maçoğlu başkanlığında belediye meclis üyeleri toplantısında alınan kararla Tunceli Belediyesi tabelasının ‘Dersim Belediyesi’ olarak değiştirilmesi kararı alındı. Karar tartışma yaratırken ‘DersimdeğilTunceli’ etiketi sosyal medyada Trend Topic oldu.
BELEDİYEDEN AÇIKLAMA YAPILDI
Belediyeden yapılan açıklamada Dersim ibaresiyle birlikte Zazaca ve Türkçe beleriye hizmetleri verileceği duyuruldu. Açıklamada şöyle denildi: “Kentimizin kültürü, tarihi ve inanç biçimini yaşatmak adına belediyemiz hizmet binasında bulunan tabelada yazılı ‘Tunceli’ ibaresinin değiştirilerek yerine ‘Dersim’ ibaresinin yazılması oy çokluğuyla kabul edildi. Haber
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15 Random People Who Look So Much Like Celebrities, You May Want to Take a Photo With Them
It’s not an easy goal to meet a real celebrity in our everyday life. Sometimes they are too busy with their activities or simply prefer to avoid public places. But when you see one right in front of you, don’t be too quick to jump over the moon and ask for a photo. Try to check their IDs first, because we are ready to show you that there are too many ordinary people who look just like stars and who probably wouldn’t miss a chance to pose and giggle afterward.
We at Bright Side compared photos of celebrities to their clones to demonstrate that this isn’t a joke. IDs first, photos after.
15. Kylie Jenner and Kristen Hancher, but which is which?
14. “My dad actually does Jack Nicholson lookalike work in Hollywood as a hobby.”
13. Breaking news! It seems Kim Kardashian has cloned herself.
12. “This fella lives in my house. I think James Franco and he follow each other on Instagram.”
11. “My sister always gets asked if she’s Julia Stiles.”
10. Nope, those aren’t just 2 pictures of Steve Buscemi!
9. Here’s chance for those who are upset that Michael Fassbender is married.
8. We’re just interested to see if Meghan Trainor’s double has the same talents.
7. We know this is pretty unexpected for Taylor Lautner, but we can’t unsee it.
6. This girl claims that she gets compared to Katy Perry daily.
5. When Chuck Norris is on vacation.
4. “Never mind, I’ll find someone like Adele.”
3. If Cobie Smulders doesn’t want to shoot How I Met Your Mother 10, there’s a perfect replacement out there.
2. Wait, so you’re saying that isn’t Zooey Deschanel on the right?
1. Even Zach Galifianakis and Jonah Hill can see this resemblance.
Do you have any friends who look exactly like movie stars? Show us their photos!
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