Kamala Harris Debate Performance Helps Raise $15 Million For Democrats

Topline

In the latest fundraising boost for team blue, Democrats raised $15 million in just over 12 hours after the start of Wednesday night’s vice presidential debate—a sign that Sen. Kamala Harris’ (D-Calif.) performance against Vice President Mike Pence resonated with at least some viewers. 

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Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris faced off Wednesday night.

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Key Facts

As first reported by CNBC, fundraising platform ActBlue processed at least $6 million for Democrats from the debate’s start at 9 p.m. through to 11 p.m. 

As of 9.30 a.m. on Thursday, that sum had reached over $15 million, per the platform’s live ticker. 

As not all money raised on ActBlue goes to the Biden campaign and spokesperson Matt Hill told Forbes campaign-specific numbers will not yet be released, it’s unclear how Harris’ performance compares with Biden’s. 

When Biden debated President Trump on Sept, 29, his campaign raked in a record-breaking $3.8 million within one hour and ended the debate with an extra $10 million in donations

Key Background 

Putting Harris on the ticket as Biden’s vice presidential pick has already proven lucrative for Democrats. Biden’s campaign said it raised $26 million in the 24 hours after announcing Harris as his running mate. This adds to a fundraising advantage for Democrats over team Trump which as of September totaled well over $140 million, with $466 million overall. 

Further Reading 

“Biden Sees Surge In Fundraising Following Harris Vice President Announcement” (Forbes) 

“Biden Campaign Raises Record-Breaking $3.8 Million In One Hour During Debate” (Forbes)

“Biden Campaign Raised $10 Million In Three Hours On Night Of First Debate” (Forbes)

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