Biden sets fundraising record with USD383M in September

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Joe Biden smashed his own monthly fundraising record by taking in USD383 million in September for his presidential campaign, thanks mainly to a flood of donations after his first debate with United States (US) President Donald Trump. Trump lagged far behind last month with USD248 million.

Besides the debate, a chaotic clash in which Trump constantly spoke over and interrupted Biden, Democrats were also moved to dig deep into their pockets because of the death of progressive Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Democratic candidate Biden leads Trump nationally by double digits in the frenzied homestretch to the November 3 election.

Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said on Wednesday the USD383 million figure was a record and included USD203 million raised from online donors.

The campaign now has USD432 million to spend on getting Biden elected, it said.

The Trump campaign released its USD248 million figure on Thursday night. Despite the financial advantage, O’Malley Dillon said: “We think this race is far closer than folks on (Twitter) think.”