Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) presidential campaign said on Sunday that it brought in more than $29.3 million in February, marking its best month of fundraising to date.
Warren's donations last month averaged $31, campaign manager Roger Lau said in a memo.
Warren saw a surge in donations after her strong performance in the Nevada debate, with her campaign raising $2.8 million in one day. It also raised more than $9.5 million in the period between Wednesday and Friday of that week.
With the influx of donations, the campaign is now increasing its spending in Super Tuesday states to more than $2.4 million on TV, digital and traditional media advertising, Lau said.
By the way, this is a cool story on how some folks have been raising money for Warren:
It seemed like a relatable moment. So Clymer, a spokeswoman for the Human Rights Campaign, fired off a tweet to her 277,000 followers, describing how she still gets mad thinking about how the show ended. She left it unnamed, not wanting to risk hurting the writers’ feelings. But everyone kept asking.
Finally, Clymer threw out an unlikely proposition: If her followers raised $10,000 for Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign in the next hour and a half, she wrote, “I’ll reveal the name. But it has to be that much! If we hit $9,999, it’ll remain a secret forever.”
“I put it out on a whim, and it started blowing up,” Clymer said, adding that neither she nor the Human Rights Campaign have made formal endorsements. “Before I knew it, it went viral.”
By midnight, they had not only hit the goal but exceeded it, raising $27,000. She named the show (“Girls”) and returned to Twitter on Monday night, half-jokingly, with another offer. She would reveal the senator with whom she’d had a “terrible interaction” — this time for $100,000 in donations to Warren (D-Mass.) by midnight Wednesday.
To Clymer’s eternal surprise, it worked. As the donations poured in, she rethought her offer, worried it might hurt Warren’s relationship with the mystery senator. Instead, she promised details of “bizarre phone conversations” she’d had with a presidential candidate. She also upped the goal to $200,000, after a majority of her followers approved of the increase in a poll, and later extended the deadline.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the two fundraisers had netted $171,000 within 72 hours, according to screenshots Clymer provided from the Democratic donation platform ActBlue. She said she had also received a call from Warren, thanking her and her followers for the contribution.
The unorthodox idea inspired some of Clymer’s followers to rack their minds for things they could dangle for contributions to favored candidates (all Warren, aside from one who sought contributions for Democrat Amy McGrath, who is challenging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell this year in Kentucky).
Rewire News legal analyst Imani Gandy came up with a recording of an old a cappella solo. Actress Heather Matarazzo offered to re-create a scene from “Welcome to the Dollhouse” in which she dances on a car. Attorney Elizabeth McLaughlin, the McGrath supporter, promised to share details of her tattoo.
By the way, here’s a great article form Vox everyone should read about how Warren is the only candidate that understands the American people’s trust crisis:
Warren shares many elements of Sanders’s populist rhetoric. She, too, is focused on how the rich and powerful have rigged the system against ordinary people. But she does not propose to blow the system up or sweep it aside. She proposes to fix it. She (legendarily) has a plan for that, a clear sense of which institutions are broken, what new institutions need to be created, and what kind of people she wants running them. As Ezra Klein documents, her entire career in politics has been focused on battling for better institutions and better personnel.
Warren’s history, experience, and ideology give her progressive populism an importantly different character from Sanders’s. Wilkinson captures it well:
Because the American republic is, in fact, in the midst of a spiraling crisis of corruption, there is more than a whiff of radicalism in a reform agenda focused on rooting out graft and restoring popular sovereignty. But Warren’s program is animated by earnest devotion to sturdy procedural ideals — fair elections, the rule of law, equitable and responsive political representation, and clean public administration — not left-wing ideology. It aims to realize a homely republican vision of America in which equal democratic citizens of every gender, color, and creed can vote their way to a system that gives everybody a fair shot at a sound education and a decent wage sufficient to raise a family in a comfortable home without becoming indentured to creditors or wrecked by the vicissitudes of capitalist dislocation.
As Warren used to say frequently, she is a “capitalist to her bones.” She believes in the generative power of markets; she just believes they need to be operated transparently and fairly, with everyone protected from immiseration and offered opportunities for full participation. She wants well-regulated capitalism with a healthy welfare state — which is how the Danes themselves think of their system.
This is why, unlike Sanders, she explicitly cites her anti-corruption reform agenda as her first and top priority if she becomes president. It’s why she, unlike Sanders, supports getting rid of the filibuster. For her, procedural reforms are not an afterthought, but a vital part of the agenda in and of themselves, because they are the only reliable way to generate the trust needed to support the rest of the agenda and progress beyond it.
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