BUST: Cory Booker Hauls in Just $5 Million in 3 Months – Beto and Bernie Collected That in a Day!
With approximately 187 candidates running for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, the first key to who survives is cash.
On that score, Sen. Cory “Spartacus” Booker is already far behind.
Booker, who has been begging for money since he entered the race on Feb. 1, pulled in just $5 million in the first quarter. His haul is the lowest of any candidate who has announced their fundraising results — although only a handful of the 15 announced candidates have revealed their first-quarter numbers.
For comparison, Sen. Bernie Sanders, the socialist from Vermont, collected $18.2 million, Sen. Kamala Harris of California pulled in $12 million, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas raised $9.4 million and upstart candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., grabbed $7.1 million in the first quarter.
In fact, in the 24 hours after they announced their entrance into the race, O’Rourke collected $6.1 million and Sanders pulled in $5.9 million.
Booker presented an upbeat face to his supporters.
“When we launched this campaign, we knew we had work to do. I haven’t run for office since 2014, while others have spent the last six years, and millions of dollars, building a network of supporters,” Booker said in a campaign email. “That’s why your help these past two months has been so crucial, and it’s why I’m so grateful to you. You’re the reason we’re in this fight, and your support has allowed us to show the country that we’ll be in this for the long haul.”
Booker is one of the more divisive candidates in the field. On Monday, he introduced a bill that create a commission to study the possibility of paying billions of dollars in reparations for descendants of slaves. The New Jersey senator said “this bill is a way of addressing head-on the persistence of racism, white supremacy, and implicit racial bias in our country. It will bring together the best minds to study the issue and propose solutions that will finally begin to right the economic scales of past harms and make sure we are a country where all dignity and humanity is affirmed.”
Democrats running for the White House have been busy offering free services — and even free money — for everyone. Sanders and several others support nationalizing the U.S. health care system, and the Vermont independent also advocates free college for all (another plum supported by other candidates). Booker wants to establish “opportunity accounts” to give lower-income children up to $50,000 to use for a down payment on a house or college tuition.
Meanwhile, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who is running in 2020, backs a “guaranteed jobs programs” run by (you guessed it) the federal government. And Harris last October announced a plan by which families making less than $100,000 a year could receive up to $500 a month, or $6,000 a year, and individuals making less than $50,000 could get $250 a month (estimated cost: $500 billion a year).