Obama to Appear In His First Virtual Fundraiser for Joe Biden

June 16, 2020 by Dan McCue
President Barack Obama listens as Vice President Joe Biden speaks in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

WASHINGTON – Former President Barack Obama is making his fundraising debut for Joe Biden next week, appearing at an online event aimed at reaching thousands of small-dollar donors

Biden, who was Obama’s vice president, announced the fundraiser via Twitter Monday night.

“Folks, I’ve got some big news: Next week, I’m getting together with my friend and former boss, President @BarackObama, for a virtual grassroots fundraiser. We would love to see you there,” he said.

Biden’s tweet linked to a campaign fundraising page and to a form for those who want to ask a question of the two Democrats.

The announcement came just hours after the Biden campaign said it and a pair of affiliated Democratic groups had raised $81 million in May — the strongest fundraising showing of his political career.

The event is being held on Tuesday, June 23 at 5:15 p.m. It will be the first time the two have appeared together since Obama endorsed Biden in April.

Obama endorsed his former vice president after Biden won the support of former rival Bernie Sanders. It is not yet known how often Obama will appear in person with Biden or on his behalf.

The campaign is reportedly hoping Tuesday’s haul will surpass a virtual event with former candidate Pete Buttigieg held on May 22, which drew 36,000 people from all over the country and raised more than $1 million, with an average contribution of $26.

Biden’s recent displays of virtual savvy show he has come a long way since the coronavirus outbreak shut down traditional campaigning in March.

That month, Biden dipped his toe in the virtual pool with a March 20 event held for New Jersey donors.

After speaking for about 10 minutes, the candidate volunteered to take questions from volunteers only to be told it wasn’t technically possible.

He recovered at that time by suggesting people send him questions, which he promised to answer by phone or email. 

2020 Elections

Hoyer Says House Will Vote This Month to Remove Bust of 'Dred Scott' Author
Congress
Hoyer Says House Will Vote This Month to Remove Bust of 'Dred Scott' Author
July 2, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters at his weekly pen and pad session that the House will vote later this month to remove the bust of Chief Justice Roger Taney from the U.S. Capitol. Taney wrote the infamous majority opinion in the 1857... Read More

After Narrow Primary Win, McGrath Will Need Progressive Vote To Defeat McConnell
2020 Elections
After Narrow Primary Win, McGrath Will Need Progressive Vote To Defeat McConnell
July 2, 2020
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - Amy McGrath successfully fended off a late surge from progressive challenger Charles Booker last month in Kentucky’s Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.  After a week of painstaking ballot counting, McGrath prevailed against Booker by just 15,000 votes out of more than 544,000 votes cast,... Read More

Supreme Court to Hear Case on Release of Full Mueller Report
Supreme Court
Supreme Court to Hear Case on Release of Full Mueller Report
July 2, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court announced on Thursday that it would decide whether Congress may see currently redacted parts of the report prepared by Special Counsel Robert Mueller during his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. As is their custom, the justices did not... Read More

Rep. Lizzie Fletcher Receives Multiple US Chamber Honors for Leadership, Enterprise
Congress
Rep. Lizzie Fletcher Receives Multiple US Chamber Honors for Leadership, Enterprise
July 2, 2020
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON - Rep. Lizzie Fletcher, D-Texas, received multiple honors from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce last week for her efforts on behalf of small business and her constituents.  Fletcher, who was elected to represent Texas’ 7th Congressional District in 2018, serves on the House Transportation &... Read More

Employers Added Nearly 5 Million Jobs in June, Unemployment Eases
Employment
Employers Added Nearly 5 Million Jobs in June, Unemployment Eases
July 2, 2020
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Employers added 4.8 million jobs in June, pushing the nation's unemployment rate down to 11.1%, down from a peak of 14.7% in April, the Labor Department said Thursday. June was the second month in a row of payroll gains after a loss of more... Read More

Lauren Boebert Ran Against AOC and the ‘Squad’ in Colorado, and Beat Rep. Scott Tipton in the Process
2020 Elections
Lauren Boebert Ran Against AOC and the ‘Squad’ in Colorado, and Beat Rep. Scott Tipton in the Process

WASHINGTON — When Lauren Boebert launched her Republican primary campaign against Colorado Rep. Scott Tipton back in December, she was asked who she considered her actual opponent: Tipton or New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. “I’m absolutely running against her,” Boebert said, according to a clip... Read More

News From The Well
scroll top