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Sun May 26, 2019, 02:23 PM

 

Buttigieg pushes for massive fundraising haul to cement top-tier status

Source: Politico

Buttigieg pushes for massive fundraising haul to cement top-tier status

The South Bend mayor’s campaign is pushing bundlers to help keep his momentum going with a big second-quarter fundraising total.

By MAGGIE SEVERNS 05/26/2019 06:49 AM EDT

Pete Buttigieg is aiming to shake the Democratic presidential race with a massive fundraising total this quarter, staking his claim in the top tier of the primary and demonstrating staying power after rocketing to prominence two months ago.

Buttigieg is encouraging moneyed supporters to juice his campaign’s fundraising with a new bundling program, details of which were recently circulated to some donors and obtained by POLITICO. Members at different levels of the program pledge to raise anywhere from $25,000 to $250,000 for Buttigieg over the course of the primary campaign and receive special perks, including briefings with the candidate and senior campaign staff.

Buttigieg is asking supporters who join the program to bring in half of their total fundraising commitment by the end of next month — the end of the current fundraising period, after which campaigns have to disclose how much money they have raised since April 1. The aggressive timetable reflects the South Bend, Ind., mayor’s fast rise in the 2020 presidential race and the importance of maintaining forward momentum in a crowded primary. Buttigieg has regularly placed in the top five in primary polls since starring in a March town hall, and a big fundraising total would help prove he could avoid the fate of past flash-in-the-pan candidates and keep rising in the Democratic race.

Buttigieg’s fans, who include a growing number of well-connected Democratic organizers and donors, think he’s poised to make a splash.

“He’s getting surprisingly strong traction,” said Charles Adams Jr., a former U.S. ambassador to Finland who raised more than half a million dollars for President Barack Obama. Adams is co-hosting a June 1 fundraiser for Buttigieg in San Francisco that is almost at capacity for attendance, he said, and he has “decided to be principally helping Pete Buttigieg” in the race.

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Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2019/05/26/pete-buttigieg-fundraising-2020-1345001
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