Biden campaign reports blockbuster fundraising hauls ahead of visit

Newly-released campaign filings closely reviewed by the Turn To Tara team provide a revealing snapshot of how things are shaping up financially for both Joe Biden and Donald Trump as the general election comes into view.

Tara Rosenblum and Lee Danuff

Apr 24, 2024, 10:04 PM

Updated 34 days ago

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The Turn To Tara team has taken a deep dive into the campaign war chests of the White House candidates ahead of President Biden's Westchester visit.
The trip will mark the president's third official visit to Westchester County since taking office - and guests will be paying a pretty penny to attend.
How will the high-priced fancy fundraiser impact the president's overall financial picture?
Newly-released campaign filings closely reviewed by the Turn To Tara team provide a revealing snapshot of how things are shaping up financially for both Joe Biden and Donald Trump as the general election comes into view.
President Biden added nearly $44 million to his campaign war chest in March for a total of just under $187 million, which the Biden campaign says is the most ever amassed by a Democratic candidate in American history at this point in the race.
It also means the president has widened his cash advantage in the heated race - raising almost three times as much as Donald Trump did last month. Trump's primary fundraising vehicle reported just over $15 million in March and nearly $115 million since last fall.
New Yorkers have given President Biden nearly $12 million , compared to $3.5 million for Donald Trump.
"I'd say that's a vote of confidence in Joe Biden," says Westchester County Democratic Committee Chairwoman Suzanne Berger.
Berger is hoping momentum will continue to build at a star-studded, pricey fundraiser scheduled for Thursday and co-hosted by Irvington actors Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones, among others. The tickets start at $3,300 and go all the way up to $100,000.
Biden is not the first presidential candidate to turn to Westchester for campaign cash in recent years.
"There are resources in Westchester," says Berger. "It's a Democratic county, it's fertile ground."
Berger says the funds raised could also prove pivotal for some crucial races down the ballot.
"Control of Congress will run through the state of New York," she says.
News 12 reached out to the county Republicans for reaction to the fundraiser but hasn't heard back yet.


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