So today I got assigned a story on FEC filings and it was eye-opening to spend the day looking at contributors.
Thus far this primary (not including Tom Steyer's own cash) the candidates have raised just under a half billion.
A half billion.
Who are the top fundraisers?
Not what you think.
Right now Bernie Sanders is way out in front with $49.5M.
Warren is 2nd with $35.7M
Buttigieg is 3rd with $32.4M
These three have primarily small donors.
Delaney--yes, DELANEY--is next in 4th with $26.4M, so expect to see him in the next debate as the most annoying candidate (since de Blasio likely won't make it).
Harris is in 5th place at $25.1M--the most ever raised by a black woman candidate.
The final 4 in the top 10 are very close:
Gillibrand $14.9M--small donors
O'Rourke $13.7M--mix of donors
Klobuchar $12.7M--small donors
Booker $12.5M--mix of donors
I think we are spending way too much on elections. There is another 500+ days till the 2020 election.
But this tells you who is moving & who is not.
Delaney. Wow. Just saying.
Donate to the folks you want.
We need to get this money out of our campaigns, imo, but I've been saying that since college. And Steyer buying his way onto the stage exemplifies this.