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PoliticsButtigieg raised a lot of money ... now what?

10:30  03 july  2019
10:30  03 july  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

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Watch CBSN Live. Buttigieg raised a lot of money now what ? With a significant amount of money in the bank, the Buttigieg campaign is now shifting course, focusing the summer getting back to the basics of retail campaigning, bolstering its presence in Iowa and New Hampshire.

South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg has now matched rising poll numbers with an impressive first-quarter fundraising haul, but it’s worth remembering that past dark-horse candidates like 2016 Republican Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina Mayor Pete’s raising a lot of money . But so, too, did Ben Carson in 2016.

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2020 Democratic hopeful South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigiegbrought in an eye-popping $25 million during the second quarter of the presidential campaign, outpacing the likes of fundraising powerhouse Sen. Bernie Sanders. The numbers marked a payoff for an unconventional campaign schedule that focused on national media interviews and fundraisers, all designed to make a political newcomer into a star.

But a number of fresh polls suggest that strategy isn't yet translating on the ground, as the mayor hovers around the low single digits. A CNN survey taken after the first Democratic debate found Buttigieg actually losing ground by a point. And a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday, also showed Buttigieg losing support by six points.

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Now What ? The entrepreneur is shifting his message, hiring more experienced political hands and spending big as he On that day alone, the campaign raised “ a couple of hundred thousand dollars,” Carly Reilly, the Pete Buttigieg and Mr. Sanders lead the delegate race after the first two contests.

The 2020 presidential candidate raised a mountain of money last quarter, and a lot of it came from Silicon Valley. Pete Buttigieg made more than a few jaws drop last week when he released quarterly donation tallies that outperformed his place in the opinion polls by a large margin.

With a significant amount of money in the bank, the Buttigieg campaign is now shifting course, focusing the summer getting back to the basics of retail campaigning, bolstering its presence in Iowa and New Hampshire.

The second quarter fundraising report "showed we are in the top tier and and we have a top tier campaign, and people are going to start seeing it now over the next couple of months," said campaign spokesman Chris Meagher. "You're going to see Pete doing a lot more retail in Iowa and New Hampshire...more organizing, more neighbor to neighbor contact."

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The campaign is aiming to double its staff of 150, and will begin to roll out a number of "bold" policy proposals. "Pete's schedule is going to get more aggressive," said Meagher.

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Pete Buttigieg will headline a series of top-dollar, celebrity laden fundraisers across California this week Atkinson was a bundler for Obama's campaign and now is raising money for Buttigieg . "I think a lot of the candidates would enjoy living in a world where you wouldn't have to do a lot of

Buttigieg announced a plan that would provide free public college tuition to families with a total income of The other according to Klein is what he calls a fair ride. “The fair ride camp essentially says, you know But he acknowledges a lot of people in the U.S. suffer from student debt in ways that they

Buttigieg is planning to campaign in Iowa on at least two separate occasions this month, including various stops around the Fourth of July holiday. He will also visit New Hampshire next weekend.

The campaign is also struggling to gain any traction among black voters, a key constituency that figures to make or break Democratic presidential campaigns. The new Quinnipiac University poll displays that Buttigieg received zero percent of African American voters' support. At an event in Chicago with Rev. Jesse Jackson on Tuesday, Buttigieg addressed the disparity.

"There's a lot of voters I need to get to know and who need to get to know me," Buttigieg said. "Frankly, they need to see me in action for a longer period of time."

The fatal shooting of a black man by a South Bend police officer in June placed greater scrutiny on Buttigieg, and his management of the fallout garnered public, emotional criticism from his constituents. It also highlighted the fact that while 26 percent of the residents of South Bend are black, only 6 percent of the police force is African American. "I couldn't get it done," Buttigieg said in last week's Democratic debate in Miami when asked about the lack of diversity.

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Peter Paul Montgomery Buttigieg (/ˈbuːtədʒɛdʒ/ BOOT-ə-jej; born January 19, 1982) is an American politician who was mayor of South Bend, Indiana, from 2012 to 2020.

Rich donors give a lot more money to super PACs than to candidates or traditional PACs, since there are no donation limits. Jeb Bush, for instance, raised just million in traditional funding during the first half of 2015, but a super PAC supporting him raised 4 million, or nearly 10 times as much.

"I could walk you through all of the things that we have done as a community—all of the steps that we took from bias training to de-escalation but it didn't save the life of Eric Logan," he said. "And when I look into his mother's eyes I have to face the fact and nothing that I say will bring him back."

Buttigieg's initial rise to stardom signaled that the race for the White House in 2020 might run through green rooms and ballrooms in New York and California rather than living rooms and back yards in Iowa and New Hampshire. Even former Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas shifted his approach to include more national television interviews, after failing to gain traction through smaller, more traditional campaign events. With so many candidates in the running, and President Trump continuing to drive news cycles, viral breakout moments are at a premium.

But the South Bend police shooting and the post-debate polls show the perils of relying on a national campaign strategy. And even in a post-Trump era, some old rules of politics may still apply. Or at least, the 2020 campaign will put that to the test.

"Racism has no place in American politics," Buttigieg says

The South Bend mayor has been dealing with the fallout after a white police officer shot a black man in the city. The man was booed by the crowd at the Carroll County, Iowa, barbecue after the comment. Buttigieg said "I think that racism is not going to help," but the man continued "No, just stop committing crimes! Has nothing to do with race!" "The fact that the black person is four times as likely as a white person for the exact same crime is evidence of systemic racism," Buttigieg answered.

"It seems as if he is building a top-down operation instead of the ground up," says Democratic strategist and CBSN contributor Antjuan Seawright. "What we all know is, if he wants to strengthen his support, especially with the African American community, he needs to spend some real time and not just talk about it. And I think he will make adjustments now."

Julianna Smoot, a former Obama campaign and administration alum, said Buttigieg's second quarter fundraising total will allow him to expand his campaign's infrastructure and organize staff and volunteers in the early states.

"That is exactly the kind of improvement you want to see and it shows a lot of growth and strength," Smoot said.

Still, with Buttigieg's renewed focus on campaigning, fundraising remains a priority for the campaign.

In the second quarter, Buttigieg headlined more than 70 fundraisers and 20 of those fundraisers were grassroots fundraisers, according to a campaign aide. Buttigieg is scheduled to hold fundraisers in Illinois Tuesday and Wednesday before traveling to Iowa.  This weekend, the South Bend mayor is scheduled to travel to Massachusetts, where he has fundraisers in Provincetown and Nantucket and a grassroots fundraising event in Martha's Vineyard.

Sarah Ewall-Wice contributed to this report.

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