Biden’s Re-election Lacking Donations from Middle Class Shows Waning Support

Biden Victory Fund Bolstered by Elite, but Where are Average American Donors?


As 2024 looms on the horizon, President Biden’s re-election effort appears to be largely fueled by substantial contributions from Democratic Party elites, in the absence of substantive backing from average American donors.

Such significant financial support from noteworthy partisans in metropolises such as San Francisco, Chicago, New York City, and Washington, D.C. is bolstering the Biden Victory Fund. However, modest contributions from individual supporters are trailing noticeably compared to preceding Democratic races.

In the fundraising sphere, the definition of small-dollar donations is any amount below $200. When examining the fundraising numbers, Biden’s campaign took in a total of $10.2 million in small-dollar donations for the quarter that ended June 30th, reports from the New York Times reveal.

Unfortunately for Biden, this figure is less than half the sum of $21 million that flowed into President Obama’s campaign coffers during an analogous period in his 2012 re-election bid.


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Observing the situation, Democrats are often seen attributing this dip in small-dollar donations to a myriad of circumstances.

However, the underlying trend signifies that the middle-class Democratic electorate seems less enthusiastically engaged in bolstering Biden’s imminent re-election bid compared to their fervor in 2020.

Leading officials within the Biden camp, nonetheless, seem to partially point fingers at the absence of a well-defined Republican adversary as a possible explanation for the sluggish inflow of contributions.

Their hypothesis suggests that an influx of donations may well be on the horizon as the Republican hopefuls dwindle down to a single nominee.

Quoting Biden’s campaign co-chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg, the New York Times reports, ‘Currently, the political arena is devoid of day-to-day rivalries.’ Elaborating further, he said, ‘Those who currently continue to generously extend their support are our most determined believers. The momentum will undoubtedly gather in time.’

In the meantime, President Biden’s re-election campaign remains noticeably dependent on sizeable contributions from well-heeled backers, when contrasted with the primary Republican Presidential contenders.

The contributions from major donors are impressive, with a handful of ten contributors exceeding the substantial amount of $500,000 each, and an additional 82 other donors furnishing a significant minimum of $100,000 per donation, according to publicly disclosed figures.

In stark contrast to the Democrats’ fundraising woes, their Republican counterparts are collecting sizeable donations as they kick off their campaigns’ initial weeks and months.

Raising campaign funds appears to be a strength of the various Republican candidates at present, with incoming donations flowing in at an impressive rate.

‘Sunshine State’ Governor, Ron DeSantis of Florida, has reported a substantial haul of $20 million within his campaign’s inaugural six weeks on the trail, demonstrating impressive momentum.

This support indicates not only generosity among his supporting base but also an enthusiasm embracing his candidacy.

On examining the fundraising efforts of former President Donald Trump, reports indicate similarly robust support. The collective efforts of Trump’s campaign and his political action committee, known as ‘Save America,’ managed to net over $35 million between April and June.

Given these figures, one thing is unequivocally clear: the Republicans seem more adept at rallying their base for financial support in the early stages of this election cycle.

This could potentially be a leveraging tool and a reflection of the passion ensuing from their followers right now.

In contrast, the Democrats find themselves heavily dependent on a select group of wealthy contributors. This perceived imbalance, according to some, is not without its concerns given the potential impact it could have on the agenda should Biden secure a second term in office.

On one hand, Democrats argue that the less than predicted fundraising is merely a reflection of the yet-to-be-defined Republican opposition. Once the dust settles and a concrete competitor emerges, supporters will rally once more behind Biden and his democrat vision.

On the other hand, conservatives might attribute this fundraising lag as a sign of dwindling faith among middle-class voters in Biden’s leadership. They might see this as a cry for change, invoking stronger support for their future candidate.

However it is seen, the economic backing of a candidate often mirrors public sentiment and can forecast voting behavior. So, while it’s early days at present, these fundraising figures will continue drawing keen attention from all corners.

All in all, both the Democratic and Republican campaigns, despite their different fundraising dynamics, underscore an inherent truth in American politics – the financial underpinnings of campaign success are crucial.

The election trail is still young and only time will paint a fuller picture of how funds sway public sentiment, dictate policy, and potentially impact the fate of the 2024 election.


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