Julián Castro Announces Fundraising Goal to Extend Presidential Bid

FFormer Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro announced to supporters on October 21 that if he does not raise $800,000 for his presidential bid by October 31, then he will have to end his campaign.

Castro made the announcement on Twitter, along with a video of him stating that he would say “what no one else would” when talking about subjects like police brutality, gun violence, and family separations at the border.

“I’m extremely proud of the historic and bold campaign we have built together,” Castro wrote on Twitter.

“But this is a critical moment — if my campaign can’t raise $800,000 by October 31st, my campaign will be silenced for good. Help us keep up the fight.”

During his campaign, Castro has rolled out multiple policy proposals on foster care, farmworkers, animals and wildlife, education, immigration, and others. In August, Castro unveiled his new plan for combating white supremacy and gun violence titled “People First Plan to Disarm Hate.” The plan was released just a few days after the back-to-back mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, which killed 31 people and injured dozens of others.

“This horrific tragedy is not an isolated incident. White nationalism is on the rise while military-grade firearms are more easily available than ever,” Castro wrote. “The gun violence epidemic is devastating families and communities in big cities and small towns, and an entire generation is growing up afraid for their safety no matter where they live,” he continued.

Castro’s plan would ensure stricter gun control laws by ending the firearm dealer licensing loophole, implement universal background checks, and provide funding in an effort to stop domestic terrorism. The plan also states that it would invest in cross-cultural exchanges among people so that they can have the opportunity to understand different communities.

The proposal stated Castro would establish a White House initiative on disarming hate and require state, local, and tribal governments to report hate crime statistics through the National Incident-Based Reporting System. If elected into office, Castro also stated his commitment to have the US join Christchurch Call, which is “an international agreement to combat the spread of violent extremism the Trump administration refused to join.”

In September, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, who is also a Democratic candidate in the 2020 presidential election, succeeded with a similar tactic as Castro when he told supporters that he would have to drop out of the race if he did not raise enough money by the end of the month. Booker’s campaign manager, Addisu Demissie, previously wrote in a memo on Medium to supporters and staff that the Booker might drop out of the presidential race if the campaign did not raise $1.7 million by the end 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 explained to his Twitter followers that even though it may seem “unusual” for a presidential campaign to be so transparent, he noted the memo 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 previously wrote on Twitter.

“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.

At the end of the month, he announced that his campaign had raised enough money to stay in the presidential race and urged his supporters to continue donating to his campaign.

“$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 previously wrote on Twitter.

About the Author

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.