THE GOAL for team Clinton is $100 million by the end of 2015. They’re almost half-way there.
Clinton’s haul from her campaign’s launch in mid-April through June 30 is a record for primary money raised in a candidate’s first quarter. President Barack Obama held the previous record, raising $41.9 million after launching his re-election bid. [Bloomberg]
Many remember that cold primary day when Hillary Clinton had to loan herself $5 million. Those days are history, ones from which she earned the lesson.
It brings me to a ridiculous op-ed in The Hill by Brent Budowsky, proving yet again that Democratic insiders can’t find a thread on decent analysis to save their reputations. The headline is the most tone deaf of the presidential election season: “Obama could sink 2016 Dems.” You can’t make this shit up.
Today, there is a progressive wave throughout the Democratic Party and national politics, which is why Hillary Clinton is wisely staking out progressive positions and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is the surprise early star of the 2016 campaign. Yet Obama continues to periodically lapse into ridicule and derision of liberals and labor, as he did during the recent trade debate.
It was political malpractice for Obama to have spent a month dishing personal and political insults against prominent liberal Democrats, such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), organized labor and liberals across America during the trade debate. He falsely claimed they don’t know as much about trade as he does. He slandered Democratic opponents of the trade bill by falsely claiming they were not sincerely interested in standing up for working men and women, and were merely playing politics.
As for Bernie Sanders, as well as Martin O’Malley
The other candidates vying for the Democratic nomination, meanwhile, will likely have fundraising totals that are dwarfed by Clinton’s. Senator Bernie Sanders said he had attracted 200,000 donors as of mid-June and his campaign had raised $8.3 million online through June 17, according to FEC filings by ActBlue, the fundraising platform that he and some other left-leaning candidates and causes use. Another candidate for the Democratic nomination, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, who launched his bid in late May, raised $331,000 on ActBlue through mid-June.
It’s all so obscene, but a good run for all Democrats, with Hillary Clinton’s campaign on track to do what it takes to get this done.