Joe Biden’s pick of Sen. Kamala Harris as his vice presidential running mate flashed its best grassroots fundraising day ever as ActBlue, the main donation platform for the Democratic Party, said it had gathered more than $10.8 million in just four hours.
The New York Times first announced the major fundraising haul for ActBlue, which said it had increased the figure between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Biden chose Harris as his running mate that afternoon, calling the California Democrat a “fearless fighter for the little guy” and one of the country’s “finest public servants.”
Clarke Humphrey, Biden’s deputy digital director, said the hour after Harris was declared was the campaign’s great fundraising time ever, saying the happiness around her selection was “only a sign of all the great things to come.”
Humphrey later said that the campaign also had the great fundraising day thus far, although Biden’s team did not release numbers revealing how much it had raised.
“Stoked about running program that empowers supporters & makes days like this possible,” Humphrey wrote on Twitter. “Excited as heck for the Biden-Harris grassroots fundraising machine.”
Joe Biden raised $140 million last month between his campaign and the fundraising arm of the Democratic National Committee. President Donald Trump, nevertheless, built on his sturdy war chest and came up with $165 million in July alongside the Republican National Committee.
Both figures are far higher than the same period four years ago when President Donald Trump ran against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Earlier this month, Biden’s campaign said he had joined August with $294 million cash on hand. Trump’s campaign said the president had more than $300 million in the bank.
Kamala Harris will join Joe Biden in Delaware on Wednesday for the first time as running mates and the pair will host an efffective fundraising effort that evening.
and just like that! 4-5pm this evening just became our best fundraising hour ~ever over at @TeamJoe. obviously this is a huge day for the campaign w @KamalaHarris joining the team and i think it's only a sign of all the great things to come!
text READY to 30330 to join us 🙂
— clarke humphrey (@_clarkekent) August 11, 2020