Jul 6, 2019

How Buttigieg is spending his Q2 fundraising haul

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg's campaign raised $24.8 million in the second quarter of the year, and is using the cash to grow his previously lean on-the-ground operations, reports Politico.

Why it matters: The boost in funds comes at an important time as Buttigieg's staff plays catch up with rivals' campaigns in early voting states. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) built a robust ground operations months ago, per Politico. Buttigieg also needs to find a way to connect with black Democrats — many of whom are wary of him following a police shooting in South Bend, Ind., says AP.

  • Since announcing his candidacy, the Indiana mayor concentrated on media, travel and fundraising efforts.
  • Buttigieg added 30 organizers at the end of June to what was previously a team of just 4. There are plans to grow the campaign staff to 300 people by Labor Day, sources shared with Politico.

The big picture: David Axelrod, a campaign strategist for former President Obama, says Buttigieg's fundraising numbers show he's able to "sustain himself in the race," notes Politico. But Buttigieg's position among nearly 2 dozen candidates will depend on how he spends the money.

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The Trump campaign has invested most of its advertising budget to date on Facebook, testing thousands of versions of ads per day to maximize its spending.

But behind the scenes, a source familiar with the campaign tells Axios, the thinking has shifted: "As everyone can see, we still have strong spending on Facebook, but the percentage of our total media budget [on Facebook] is shrinking."

Trump's revenge tour has the House in its sights

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In the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections — buoyed by Republican control of both chambers — President Trump viewed campaigning for the House as a lower-tier priority and instead poured his energy into rallying for the Senate.

But after the GOP reckoning in 2018, and experiencing firsthand how damaging a Democratic-led House has been to him, Trump is now personally invested in helping Republicans regain the majority in November, several people familiar with his thinking tell Axios.