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“…Cory 2020 needs to raise an additional $1.7 million by September 30 to be in a position to build the organization necessary to continue competing for the nomination. Without a fundraising surge to close out this quarter, we do not see a legitimate long-term path forward…” – campaign memo sent to supporters and media – Cory2020

Senator Cory Booker’s (D) presidential campaign is one of about a dozen from which we receive media notices. Since March we’ve been able to cover a few of his campaign appearances in Iowa – we count him as one of the many excellent and credible Democratic Party candidates running for the party nomination for president. There are a few others who we encounter (or don’t bother to cover – you can figure it out) who we believe could be a disaster for the party, but would, in every case, be a damn sight better for the country than the current occupant in the White House.

Senator Booker, and at least ten other candidates, far exceeds that low bar.

Still a significant period out from the first votes (caucus or primary) to select the party’s nominee, it would be a disservice, up to a point, to those voters across the country who have a much later primary or caucus for the field of candidates to narrow because of lower than expected candidate fundraising numbers. Gaffs, policy missteps or differences, other issues, fine. Money? Important, but not the most important.

Senator Cory Booker (D) – Ankeny, Iowa – July 15, 2019.

This was good news for Democratic Party voters – yesterday, a press release from Senator Cory Booker’s (D) presidential campaign:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 22, 2019

Rise Together Day 1: Cory 2020 Sees Best One-Day Online Fundraising Haul of Campaign To Date
Cory 2020 is nearly 18% toward $1.7 million goal after Day 1 of critical 10 day period

Raises $300,000+ in one day after warning that if fundraising trajectory doesn’t change by Sept. 30, campaign will not be able to build organization necessary to win

Newark, NJ — Cory 2020 saw its best single-day online fundraising haul after alerting supporters in an urgent memo on Saturday morning that the campaign did not see a legitimate long-term path forward in the presidential race without a fundraising surge before September 30th.

“The stakes couldn’t be higher for the future of our campaign, and we’re absolutely blown away by the response on day one,” said Cory 2020 Campaign Manager Addisu Demissie. “People really stepped up and responded — clearly there is a desire to keep Cory in this race and help us build our organization in a way that puts us on a path to win the nomination.

“We made significant progress toward our $1.7 million goal yesterday — it was the best single online fundraising day of our campaign, bigger than even the launch of this campaign on February 1. There’s a long way to go but today showed us that, when we come together, we can tackle tough challenges. That’s how we’ll win this primary, that’s how we’ll beat Donald Trump, and that’s how we’ll change this country and change the world”

Totals for Saturday, September 21, 2019:

Percent toward goal: 17.7%
Total Raised: $300,495.79
Total Raised Online: $278,950.00
Total Donations: 8,403
Comparison to yesterday: 31.62 x bigger

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We don’t know if Senator Booker’s campaign will succeed in reaching their ultimate fundraising goal. The point is, he’s trying and people are responding. That says a lot about the quality of the candidate and his voice, the confidence of voters, the quality of the Democratic Party field, and the abysmal record of the current occupant of the White House

Previously:

Sen. Cory Booker (D) in Indianola, Iowa – March 16, 2019 – “Hope is the active conviction that despair will not have the last word.” (March 16, 2019)

Sen. Cory Booker (D) – “Conversations with Presidential Candidates” – Iowa Public Television – Ankeny, Iowa – July 15, 2019 (July 15, 2019)