Biden tops field of 2020 Dems in digital spending

Biden tops field of 2020 Dems in digital spending
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrat threatens to vote against party's spending bill if HBCUs don't get more federal aid Overnight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Haitians stuck in Texas extend Biden's immigration woes MORE led the field of presidential contenders in digital ad spending last week, dropping roughly $438,000 on Facebook and Google advertisements, according to data from the two companies.

The spending, which covers the week of April 28, means that the former vice president spent more than $1.2 million on Facebook and Google ads in the less than two weeks since he launched his 2020 presidential bid.

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Biden’s $1.2 million in total ad spending on the two platforms is topped in the Democratic field only by Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisStefanik in ad says Democrats want 'permanent election insurrection' Live coverage: California voters to decide Newsom's fate Florida woman faces five years in prison for threatening to kill Harris MORE (D-Calif.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenFederal Reserve officials' stock trading sparks ethics review Manchin keeps Washington guessing on what he wants Warren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats urge Biden to commute sentences of 4K people on home confinement Briahna Joy Gray: Push toward major social spending amid pandemic was 'short-lived' Sanders 'disappointed' in House panel's vote on drug prices MORE (I-Vt.), all of whom have been on the campaign trail for months longer than Biden.

Harris has spent roughly $1.43 million on Facebook and Google ads since jumping into the presidential race in January. Last week, she dropped about $350,000, quadrupling her spending from the previous week.

Warren spent $131,000 on Facebook and Google ads last week, bringing her total Facebook and Google ad spending to $1.42 million since she announced her candidacy on New Year’s Eve, according to the data.

Biden’s spending in the days after launching his presidential campaign nearly matches that of Sanders, who has spent roughly $1.22 million advertising on the two platforms since his February campaign announcement. Last week, the Vermont senator spent about $57,000 on Facebook and Google ads.

The Facebook and Google data was compiled by ACRONYM, a progressive group that focuses on digital advertising organizing.

The deluge of spending by Biden and others underscores the outsize role digital outreach and social media are expected to play in the 2020 presidential contest.

Biden easily took the title for top political ad spender on Google last week, pumping $123,000 into the platform, nearly double what President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE’s joint fundraising committee, Trump Make America Great Again Committee, spent on Google advertising, according to data from the tech company.

Biden raised roughly $6.3 million in the 24-hour period after announcing his presidential bid last month, giving him the largest first-day haul of any declared Democratic presidential candidate.