On Tuesday, Sen. Amy Klobuchar‘s campaign sent a chipper memo to supporters and the media about the state of the campaign. “Our campaign has caught fire over the past week,” the memo read, after her performance in last week’s presidential candidate debate.
On the other hand, campaign finance filings show Klobuchar’s campaign took in $4.8 million and spent $7.8 million in the third quarter, and ended September with $3.6 million cash on hand. This would seem to suggest money is going out faster than it is coming in. Could Klobuchar be nearing the end of her run?
Not so fast, said one Democratic insider, especially if Klobuchar
has another donation-inspiring performance: in the week after the Oct. 15 debate, the campaign said, Klobuchar raised $2.1 million. Needing to get 3 percent or more in just one more poll before the next debate to qualify, Klobuchar did just that, receiving 3% in a national poll conducted by Quinnipiac University that was released Thursday morning.
She also put a new TV ad on the air in New Hampshire and Iowa.
Compare that to the case of Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, another U.S. senator who ran on her ability to win over conservative voters. Gillibrand ended her campaign in late August only after failing to qualify for a debate. A report filed with the Federal Elections Commission shows Gillibrand had just over $1.5 million cash on hand when she left the race.
That’s double what Julian Castro, the former secretary of Housing and Urban Development has on hand — but Castro has so far been able to qualify for the debates. Castro said Monday he would end his campaign if he could not raise $800,000 by the end of the month, and had been saying he would drop out if he did not qualify for the October debate. Right now, according to FEC filings, Castro has $672,000 cash on hand.
Any Democrat 2020
If the prospect of choosing between 19 candidates for the Democratic nomination for President is just too much, the New Hampshire Democratic Party is here to help. Not with an endorsement —the party is committed to remaining neutral through the primary — but they can help express your general interest in electing some Democrat or other next year. The party has started selling blue-and-white stickers reading “Any Democrat 2020.”
“Even though we don’t yet know who the Democratic nominee for President will be, we do know that they will fight for Granite Staters and the middle class,” said party spokeswoman Holly Shulman. She noted the stickers could also show support for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Or it could display ambivalence in the Dan Feltes-Andru Volinsky gubernatorial matchup. Or support for ... really, any Democrat in 2020.
In other merchandise news, businessman Andrew Yang‘s campaign pushed out a news release Wednesday about its T-shirt and baseball hat strategy, including $75 special-edition “Math” caps and T-shirts reading, “Math. Money. Marijuana.” Silly slogans are a serious concern: the store has brought in more than $1 million, according to the campaign.
Waiting for Corey
If Corey Lewandowski made a decision about running for Senate over the weekend — as he teased one radio host he would last week — he hasn’t announced anything. Still, the state Democratic Party has not missed an occasion to criticize Lewandowski, and show him as a foil for Shaheen.
A violent video — or maybe it was a violent-but-farcical video — was shown at a meeting of a pro-Trump group, held at one of Trump’s resorts earlier this month. Whether the video was a joke or an outrage is up for debate, but the state Democratic party criticized Lewandowski for failing to condemn it, as Trump did soon after the New York Times reported its showing at the event.
During a radio appearance on Monday, Lewandowski read what he said was Utah Sen. Mitt Romney‘s private email address while discussing Romney’s pseudonymous Twitter profile revealed this week, “Pierre Delecto.” Lewandowski encouraged listeners to email Romney to say what they thought of him — party spokesman Josh Marcus-Blank called it “doxxing,” in reference to the practice of maliciously revealing someone else’s personal information online.
Rolling out plans, staying relevant
Has the presidential campaign felt a lot less pressing, with all the talk of impeachment? Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke and former Vice President Joe Biden seem to have noticed, and rolled out policies on corruption that just so happen to tie in to the news cycle.
O’Rourke put out his policy proposal on Tuesday. He proposed making it a federal crime to ask a foreign government for political help, and a constitutional amendment to prohibit pardoning someone swept up in an investigation of the President or his family.
Wyatt Ronan, the New Hampshire communications director, said he thought it was important for candidates to show how they would deal with crises in the news. He carefully dodged when a reporter asked if the policy was a bid to keep O’Rourke relevant. The policy is a genuine reflection of what O’Rourke believes, Ronan said.
“He’d be the leader who can connect the dots and call him out,” Ronan said.
Biden released an anti-corruption plan last week, focused on creating a federal ethics commission. And Elizabeth Warren rolled out an ethics plan in September — pre-Ukraine call — on self-dealing, judicial ethics and regulatory capture.