'He just needs more of everything': Biden campaign faces retool after primary surge

Biden, which raised $ 18.1 million in February, was outperformed by four other Democratic presidential candidates this month: Bernie Sanders ($ 47.7 million), Elizabeth Warren ($ 29.5 million), Amy Klobuchar ($ 18.7 million) and Pete Buttigieg ($ 18.6 million).

While Biden’s fundraiser started in March when he started collecting primary profits, his campaign operation lagged far behind that of others. Sanders had 1,215 employees on the payroll for his February campaign report, while Warren paid 1,203 employees. At that time, Buttigieg had more than 550 people in its campaign.

Meanwhile, Biden’s wage bill was 477, as his lower donation amount in 2019 and early 2020 meant that his campaign had to keep costs down. Sanders spent $ 46 to $ 13 million on Biden in February – and still ended the month with more cash in the bank, $ 18.7 to $ 12.1 million.

“As is typical, [Biden has] He has to attract talent from other campaigns and from across the party to hold parliamentary elections, and he has to act quickly, “said Stephanie Cutter, a democratic strategist who served as deputy campaign manager for Barack Obama in 2012.” He just needs more of everything. “

Trump’s re-election campaign has been lurking and has been preparing for the general election for years and already has more than $ 94 million in her bank account. The Republican National Committee has also built a huge financial advantage over the Democratic National Committee, which even a billionaire Mike Bloomberg’s stroke of luck cannot wipe out.

The DNC ended February at $ 14.1 million, compared to $ 76.8 million for the RNC.

Biden’s retrofitting process is already underway. Another former Obama hand, Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, took over Biden’s campaign manager last week. However, the coronavirus pandemic and the sudden emergence of social detachment and work from home can affect the construction of the Biden campaign.

“The lack of infrastructure in the United States was a reflection of the limited resources that were available at the time, and now everything will change,” said Tom McMahon, a former managing director of DNC.

“They may be catching up, but they are not necessarily at a disadvantage with future campaigns,” continued McMahon. “The real challenge they face in the future is to put together a comprehensive campaign remotely.”

Biden will have the money to try: during Sunday’s debate, he announced that he had raised $ 33 million in the first half of March before winning the primaries on March 17 and extending his delegate lead over Sanders .

Even before the former vice president started raising so much money, Biden’s other strengths were more important than the power of an organization during elementary school, said Matt Paul, former advisor to both Hillary Clinton and Tom Vilsack, former agriculture minister and one-time governor of Iowa.

“But now it’s a different game,” Paul continued, “and you know that this interruption to the campaign is bizarre, but it’s an opportunity to think very carefully and plan very carefully how your resources should be brought together. “

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