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Grassroots Fundraising for Biden and Democrats is Hitting a Wall

Grassroots Fundraising for Biden and Democrats is Hitting a Wall

“Because small donors are a proxy for enthusiasm, if people aren’t concerned about the drop-off in contributions, then they just aren’t paying attention or whistling past the graveyard”

The left loves to brag about their fundraising game, especially when it comes to small donations, but things are not going well on that front at the moment. Perhaps Democrat donors just aren’t very excited about the prospect of another term for Joe Biden.

Politico reports:

‘Whistling past the graveyard’: Dem fear grows over massive grassroots fundraising hit

One of the best online fundraising days for Democrats this year was the day of Joe Biden’s campaign launch — but even that day’s haul was meager compared to his campaign kickoff four years ago.

That’s among the findings of an analysis of fundraising for the first half of the year through ActBlue, the party’s primary donation processor. Small-dollar giving at the federal level totaled $312 million in the first half of 2023 — a drop-off of more than $30 million compared to this point in the 2020 cycle. The platform also had 32 percent fewer donors in the second quarter this year compared to four years prior, although its total fundraising increased slightly due to several factors, including more recurring donors and greater giving to non-federal groups.

“Because small donors are a proxy for enthusiasm, if people aren’t concerned about the drop-off in contributions, then they just aren’t paying attention or whistling past the graveyard,” said Ari Rabin-Havt, who served as deputy campaign manager on Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign. “The impact is from top to bottom. You can see it in the ActBlue number, you can see it from the DNC down through every group. There has to be a quick examination among Democrats about what is creating this enthusiasm gap.”

The harsh truth facing Democrats is that this is not just about Joe Biden. Even the outfit behind AOC is hurting for cash and laying off employees.

The Washington Free Beacon reports:

‘We’re Not in a Great Place’: Democrat Group Behind the ‘Squad’ Lays Off Half Its Staff

A prominent left-wing organization laid off half its staff last month, a further sign that Democratic groups are struggling to stay afloat.

Justice Democrats, a progressive group founded in 2017 following the failed presidential run of socialist Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, in mid-July let go 9 of its 20 staffers, Politico reported. The group works to help elect far-left candidates and is largely credited with helping create the “Squad” of House lawmakers that includes Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) and Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.).

“It’s no secret that Democratic and progressive organizations like us are in a difficult fundraising environment right now,” Alexandra Rojas, Justice Democrats’ executive director, told Politico last month. “We had to make tough decisions to remain one of the most impactful progressive organizations in the country for years to come.”

Progressives are worried about the state of the movement in light of fundraising and growth struggles.

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AF_Chief_Master_Sgt | August 5, 2023 at 12:46 pm

Well, when you consider that the Black Lives Matter donation page goes directly to ActBlue, no wonder there is a drop in fundraising.

BLM collected millions of dollars which went into the pockets of the leadership to buy mansions, property, lavish trips and parties…

When BLM donations die out, the coffers of the Democrat Party see less $$$.

Black people gotta eat too. Even poor ones.

Nothing a few Zuck Bucks and some ballot harvesting can’t fix.

Biden doesn’t need to raise money or campaign, the media and the establishment will do it for him.

Conservative Beaner | August 5, 2023 at 12:53 pm

Ditto to Martin and geronl. Media will give Biden all the help he needs.

Ballots are cheap

    sfharding in reply to gonzotx. | August 5, 2023 at 6:20 pm

    How cheap? In the hoods of Philadelphia, Newark, Baltimore, D.C., Atlanta, Etc., mail in ballots, signed and filled out to order, are trading for a couple of packs of cigarettes. The dems own the entire legal infrastructure, so they set up the scam. They also own the media infrastructure. So anyone scamming votes for dems are guaranteed anonymity and total immunity from legal consequences.

I’m sure George (well, Alexander now) will have to pony up to back the best investment he ever made. The family can buy anyone.

You know who happens to be building a cross-coalition, grassroots network.? And motivating young people? And catching the attention of oldsters? That’s right, the guy with the funny name. Vivek Ramaswamy.

Democrat and republican dirty trick operations teams are furiously digging through his past. He may have kicked a dog at some point in his life, or used an old fashioned, spring loaded, cheese baited, mouse trap instead of one of those sticky pads.

He’s going to upset the uniparty. Big Time.

    gonzotx in reply to Tiki. | August 5, 2023 at 5:35 pm

    He gave rebates for money
    also tied to globalization and thinks TPP is a good thing and that President Trump was wrong to get America out of it

    Yah right

    Shiny new object

      Tiki in reply to gonzotx. | August 5, 2023 at 9:01 pm

      He certainly does not support Obama’s TPP.

      The fascist gossips at Conservative Treehouse started the TPP rumor by selectively editing the interview audio. Sundance manipulates the purist herrenvolk with fever dreams and harlequin pulp fictions.

      That’s right, I just called you that. 4chan much?

    healthguyfsu in reply to Tiki. | August 5, 2023 at 7:35 pm

    I like Vivek and Gonzo doesn’t…so that’s a double plus for me.

      It’s a horse race. DeSantis lurched out of the gate and never recovered. Trump is the favorite (inquiry). VS got out of the gate fine. I now think he’s a break maidan. Bettors intuition.

Well, that’s what happens when you let Joe drive.

Subotai Bahadur | August 5, 2023 at 4:31 pm

In a country where electoral integrity is a myth, when you control the counting of the votes and the reporting of the “results”, you don’t need enough money for a campaign. All you need is enough money to fill the pockets of the Leftist Nomenklatura.

Subotai Bahadur

2smartforlibs | August 5, 2023 at 6:13 pm

I would think Hunter and Clyburn could solve that problem easily.