Cory Booker Meets Fundraising Goal To Continue 2020 Presidential Bid

Senator Cory Booker has announced he will continue his campaign as a Democratic candidate in the 2020 presidential race after his campaign team met its goal to raise $1.7 million.

The New Jersey Senator announced his continued participation in the presidential campaign to his supporters and followers on Twitter on September 30. The news comes just a few days after his staff let supporters know he would be dropping out of the race if enough money was not raised by the end of September.

“I have some incredible news, team. Last night at 8:16 p.m., we reached our $1.7 million goal. I’m so grateful that at the most critical moment of this campaign, thousands of people in all 50 states came together to give us the boost we needed,” Booker wrote on Twitter.

In a Twitter thread, Booker urged his supporters to continue donating to his campaign by raising another $216,495 for a total of $2 million by the end of the day on September 30.

“$1.7 million wasn’t just a goal — it was the real number we knew was necessary for us to continue building an organization that can take us all the way to the White House. We have what we need to grow, but let’s not stop now,” Booker wrote.

On September 21, Booker’s campaign manager Addisu Demissie wrote in a memo on Medium to supporters and staff that the New Jersey Senator may be dropping out of the presidential race if the campaign did not raise $1.7 million by the end of the month of September.

“Here’s the real talk: We have reached a critical moment, and time is running out. It’s now or never: The next 10 days will determine whether Cory Booker can stay in this race and compete to win the nomination,” the post read.

Booker acknowledged on Twitter that it was “unusual” for a presidential campaign to be so forthright, but he noted the memo released by his campaign was not a cheap attempt to garner support and increase fundraising.

“It’s an unusual move for a campaign like ours to be this transparent, but there can be no courage without vulnerability. I want people to see where we are and understand that we have a pathway to victory, but I can’t walk it alone,” Booker wrote in a Twitter thread.

“This isn't an end-of-quarter stunt. This is a real, unvarnished look under the hood of our campaign at a level of transparency unprecedented in presidential politics,” he continued.

During an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” on September 29, the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee said he had 35,000 donors and raised $1.5 million.

“What we’ve seen over the last week has been an avalanche of support. We have nearly 35,000 donors helping us make this goal, we’ve raised $1.5 million plus, we’ve actually already crossed the threshold for the November debates of 165,000 unique donors,” Booker said. “So the surge and the momentum’s great but, yeah, I still need help.”

On September 30, Booker said on CNN’s “New Day” that he hopes to raise $2 million by the end of the month.

"We blew past it last night. It's been the best sort of period of fundraising we've had for the campaign," Booker said during the interview. "We still have until midnight tonight. So we're going to hopefully run through the tape and we hope to actually end this quarter if we can at $2 million raised during this period."

Earlier this month, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he was exiting the presidential race. In an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on September 20, de Blasio explained why he was ending his campaign.

“I feel like I’ve contributed all I can to this primary election and it’s clearly not my time, so I’m going to end my presidential campaign and continue my work as mayor of New York City and I’m going to continue to speak up for working people,” de Blasio said on the show.

In an opinion piece on NBC News, the New York City mayor called his time on the campaign trail “a profound experience.”

“This campaign has been a profound experience for me. I saw America in full — not as it appears on Twitter and cable news, where we’re constantly shown a country hamstrung by our differences and unable to tackle the problems we face,” de Blasio wrote. “We have more in common than we realize — and more and more of us across the country are overcoming our divisions and standing up for working people.”

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Maria Perez is a breaking news writer for The North Star. She has an M.A. in Urban Reporting from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She has been published in various venues, including Newsweek, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, City Limits, and local newspapers like The Wave and The Home Reporter.