According to a Tuesday POLITICO report, former Vice President Joe Biden raked in a huge amount of money under the guise of 2018 midterm fundraising via his PAC, but kept most of the money in his PAC’s coffers.
“Biden’s PAC gave Democratic candidates just a quarter of the more than $2 million he raised and spent during the midterms,” the piece said. “At the same time, he spent half a million dollars on websites and digital ads that could help him bolster his online presence and raise money from small donors for a 2020 primary campaign, and more of his PAC funds went to travel and other expenses.”
As rumors swirl that Biden is preparing a 2020 presidential run, it looks as if he has been planning such a run for a while.
“Biden reported expenses marked as ‘digital consulting,’ ‘website development’ and ’email services,'” the reports said. “Much of that business went to Blue State Digital, a firm founded by former campaign staff to President Barack Obama.”
An early Harvard/Harris poll had Biden leading a Democratic field, trailed closely by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and failed U.S. Senate candidate Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke. Lagging behind in what will be a crowded field were Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Elizabeth Warren, (D-Mass.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).
Since the poll was released, several other Democrats have publicly toyed with the idea of making a 2020 run. former Obama Housing Czar and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro has formed an exploratory committee, the first official step towards running for president. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), famous for threatening to nuke American citizens if they rebelled against gun control laws, has openly discussed running. So has Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii). Actress Angelina Jolie did not rule out a potential run, either.
Still, when polled more recently, Democrats preferred an unnamed potential candidate over any of the names mentioned.
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Kanye West Announces Presidential Campaign; 2020 Spoiler?
A shock entry to the Presidential race.
Rap artist and businessman Kanye West announced that he would be running for President in a surprise Saturday tweet; surprising some political commentators on what would be a late entry to the 2020 election. However, the Montana resident and businessman declined to specifically confirm that he would be running in the 2020 election, which is merely four months away.
We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States 🇺🇸! #2020VISION
— ye (@kanyewest) July 5, 2020
West generally trends conservative and adopted pious Christian views several years ago; changing the subject matter of his music to better reflect biblical themes. He’s maintained a warm relationship with President Trump, speaking of his opposition to stifling political correctness in the entertainment industry; the rapper even stated that he planned to cast his first ever vote for President Trump in the 2020 election.
Should he run in this election, it seems more likely that West would be at least inclined to vote for himself.
However, West’s appeal to the black community could mean that he serves as a de facto spoiler taking away enough votes from Democratic nominee Joe Biden to prevent the party elder figure from securing a November victory.
West was edited into the Wikipedia article for the pending 2020 presidential election hours within his tweet, being featured as a major party candidate in the election summary of the page.
Kanye West is yet to file a declaration of candidacy with the Federal Elections Committee, and it’s too late for him to get on the ballot on many major American states, raising questions about the timing or seriousness of his supposed 2020 campaign. However, the colorful musician could be referring to a 2024 campaign.
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