Obama, Clinton, and Biden Unite for Unprecedented $25M Fundraising Feat

Written by Henrik Rothen

Mar.28 - 2024 11:46 AM CET

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Photo: Wiki Commons
In an unprecedented show of financial support, President Biden, alongside Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, hosts a record-breaking fundraiser in New York City, marking a significant moment in political fundraising history.

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President Joe Biden's campaign event in New York City has set a new benchmark in American politics. The fundraiser, graced by the presence of former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, is expected to exceed a $25 million haul, making it the most successful political fundraiser in American history, according to the Biden campaign. This is reported by Reuters.

A New Record in Political Fundraising

This monumental event, held at the iconic Radio City Music Hall and hosted by actress Mindy Kaling, wasn't just a gathering of political heavyweights; it also featured an array of performances from high-profile artists including Queen Latifah, Lizzo, Ben Platt, Cynthia Erivo, and Lea Michele.

The night was capped off with a riveting discussion between Biden, Obama, and Clinton, moderated by "The Late Show" host Stephen Colbert.

With more than 5,000 tickets sold, the fundraiser's success not only showcases the strong support for Biden within the Democratic Party but also highlights the growing financial divide between Biden and his presumptive general election opponent, Donald Trump.

While Trump's campaign reported raising $20 million in February and $8.8 million in January, Biden's campaign committees boast more than double the cash on hand of Trump's groups, with $155 million for Biden compared to $74 million for Trump as of late March.

A Strategic Advantage

The significance of this fundraising achievement extends beyond the numbers. Jeffrey Katzenberg, a Biden-Harris campaign co-chair and a prominent figure in Hollywood, emphasized the strategic advantage this financial boost provides.

"Unlike our opponent, every dollar we're raising is going to reach the voters who will decide this election — communicating the President's historic record, his vision for the future, and laying plain the stakes of this election," Katzenberg stated according to CBS.

This sentiment echoes the campaign's focused approach towards leveraging its financial resources to effectively communicate with voters, contrasted with Trump's campaign, which has been burdened by significant legal expenses. With over $10 million spent on legal fees this year, the financial strain on Trump's campaign highlights the differing challenges faced by the two camps.