Kamala Harris ignites fundraising surge after Joe Biden VP announcement
Democrats raked in $10.8 million in donations in the four hours after presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden announced Sen. Kamala Harris as his vice presidential running mate, according to a report.
ActBlue, Democrats’ major donation-processing platform, reported the record number of donations between 4pm-8pm Tuesday, just after Harris (D-Calif.) joined the ticket, according to the New York Times.
The Biden campaign has not yet released any fundraising numbers for this month, nor have they commented on any fundraising hauls since the California senator was tapped as the pick.
On Monday, according to The Times, ActBlue had processed $2.3 million in donations during that same four hour period.
The team is organizing a high-dollar fundraising event to go with the announcement, which will be billed as “Introducing our Running Mate,” according to an event invitation obtained by Politico.
For $100,000 or more, individuals will be invited to attend a pre-event meet-and-greet, though it is not clear how that will work in a virtual capacity.
Fundraiser details “will be sent to all confirmed participants 24-48 hours prior to the event,” according to the invitation.
Biden bundlers, who host and organize fundraising events for the former VP, had planned a blitz of fundraisers for just after the running mate announcement was made, CNBC reported last week.
Some of the expected co-hosts are Hollywood movie executive Jeffrey Katzenberg, Wall Street executive Jim Chanos, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Andrew Hauptman, co-founder of investment firm Andell, and movie star George Clooney.
A spokesperson for ActBlue could not immediately be reached by The Post for comment to confirm the fundraising numbers.
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