The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden camp faces new challenges

The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden camp faces new challenges
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We're Julia Manchester, Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley. Here's what we're watching this week on the campaign trail. 

 

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LEADING THE DAY: 

Aides and allies of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe Biden White House: US has donated 200 million COVID-19 vaccines around the world Police recommend charges against four over Sinema bathroom protest K Street revenues boom MORE for weeks have dismissed concerns about his third-quarter fundraising haul, arguing that the $15.7 million he pulled in over the past three months is more than enough to allow him to compete in the early primary and caucus states.

That may be true, for now, but his third-quarter filings to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) show some warning signs for the former vice president. Biden reported having just $9 million in cash on hand, significantly less than his top rivals for the Democratic nomination. What's more, he spent more money than he brought in during the third quarter, leaving him with a burn rate of 112 percent.

By comparison, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersUnder pressure, Democrats cut back spending The Memo: Cuts to big bill vex Democrats Democrats say they're committed to reducing emissions in Biden plan MORE (I-Vt.) has $33.7 million on hand, while Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOn The Money — Democrats eye tough choices as deadline looms Under pressure, Democrats cut back spending Progressives push back on decision to shrink Biden's paid family leave program MORE (D-Mass.) has $25.7 million and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegEmanuel to take hot seat in Senate confirmation hearing The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Build Back Better items on chopping block Buttigieg says delay in climate action will cost lives amid reports of Manchin roadblock MORE has $23.3 million. And they're all spending money at a slower rate than Biden. 

But Biden isn't the only one facing a spending dilemma. Indeed, roughly two-thirds of the Democratic presidential candidates face a similar challenge, one that could spell trouble for their campaigns in the months ahead. 

Here's a rundown of how much the candidates are spending relative to what they're raising. Note that we've excluded former Rep. John DelaneyJohn DelaneyDirect air capture is a crucial bipartisan climate policy Lobbying world Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Rodney Davis MORE (D-Md.) and billionaire philanthropist Tom SteyerTom SteyerYouth voting organization launches M registration effort in key battlegrounds Overnight Energy: 'Eye of fire,' Exxon lobbyist's comments fuel renewed attacks on oil industry | Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline | More than 75 companies ask Congress to pass clean electricity standard Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline MORE, because their campaigns are largely self-financed.

 

Joe Biden: 112 percent (raised $15.7 million)

Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetBuilding back better by investing in workers and communities Biden signs bill to help victims of 'Havana syndrome' Colorado remap plan creates new competitive district MORE: 116 percent (raised $2.1 million)

Cory BookerCory BookerProgressives push back on decision to shrink Biden's paid family leave program Emanuel to take hot seat in Senate confirmation hearing Senate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair MORE: 119 percent (raised $6 million)

Steve BullockSteve Bullock65 former governors, mayors back bipartisan infrastructure deal Arkansas, New Jersey governors to head National Governors Association Biden 'allies' painting him into a corner MORE: 106 percent (raised $2.3 million)

Pete Buttigieg: 97 percent (raised $19.1 million)

Julián Castro: 113 percent (raised $3.5 million)

Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardThe perfect Democratic running mate for DeSantis? Progressives breathe sigh of relief after Afghan withdrawal Hillicon Valley: US has made progress on cyber but more needed, report says | Democrat urges changes for 'problematic' crypto language in infrastructure bill | Facebook may be forced to unwind Giphy acquisition MORE: 110 percent (raised $3 million)

Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisMcAuliffe rolls out ad featuring Obama ahead of campaign stop McAuliffe, Youngkin tied less than two weeks out from Virginia's Election Day: poll Are supply chain disruptions the beginning of the end of globalization? MORE: 125 percent (raised $11.6 million)

Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharGOP blocks Senate Democrats' revised elections bill Progressives push back on decision to shrink Biden's paid family leave program The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Altria - Biden holds meetings to resurrect his spending plan MORE: 163 percent (raised $4.8 million)

Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeSupport for governors sliding in states without vaccine mandates: survey Abbott bans vaccine mandates from any 'entity in Texas' Abbott disapproval rating up 8 points to 59 percent in San Antonio area: poll MORE: 144 percent (raised $4.5 million)

Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanTwo senior House Democrats to retire Democratic retirements could make a tough midterm year even worse Tim Ryan's campaign raises .5 million in third quarter MORE: 142 percent (raised $425,700)

Bernie Sanders: 85 percent (raised $25.3 million)

Elizabeth Warren: 76 percent (raised $24.6 million)

Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonMarianne Williamson: Steven Donziger sentencing is meant to have a 'chilling effect' on environmentalists Marianne Williamson calls federal judge's handling of Steven Donziger case 'unconstitutional' Marianne Williamson calls on Biden to drop efforts to extradite Assange MORE: 94 percent (raised $3 million)

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Andrew YangAndrew YangProgressive economic theories run into some inconvenient truths Andrew Yang weighs in on Dave Chappelle: Artists should get 'wide berth' for self-expression Yang says he has left Democratic Party MORE: 44 percent (raised $9.9 million)

 

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Third-quarter fundraising sets Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg apart, via The Hill's Reid Wilson and Max Greenwood

 

FROM THE TRAIL:

Biden faces a new threat from Buttigieg, who is fresh off an eye-opening debate performance and positioning himself to be a top contender for the support of centrist Democrats if the former vice president falters. The Buttigieg campaign says it raised $1 million from tens of thousands of donors in the hours after Tuesday's debate concluded and recent polls show he's on the rise in Iowa, The Hill's Jonathan Easley and Amie Parnes report. 

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Democratic divisions over how to tackle Big Tech were on display at the latest primary debate as presidential contenders sparred over whether to break up Silicon Valley's giants, how social media should handle President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new social media network called 'TRUTH Social' Virginia State Police investigating death threat against McAuliffe Meadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report MORE's tweets and whether the government is doing enough to prevent interference in U.S. elections using social media, The Hill's Emily Birnbaum and Maggie Miller report.

 

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Democrats are facing an uphill fight to win back Ohio in 2020 as Republicans look to solidify their grip on the Buckeye State two years after Trump carried it by 8 points, The Hill's Julia Manchester reports.

 

Trump's reelection campaign says it is hiring staff and opening field offices in Minnesota and New Mexico, two traditionally blue states the president's strategists have identified as having potential to flip in 2020, The Hill's Jonathan Easley reports.

 

Democrats are concerned the House impeachment inquiry could bleed into the primary season and take presidential candidates such as Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) off the campaign trail, The Hill's Amie Parnes reports.

 

PERSPECTIVES:

Michael Starr Hopkins: Democrats have reason to worry after last presidential debate.

 

Jessica Tarlov: Despite health concerns, 'Bernie or bust' is a potent political force.

 

Steve Israel and Tom Davis: Can Democrats and Republicans be friends again?

 

Valerie Jarrett: Democratic debates must include gender equity solutions.

 

Moira Donegan: Warren was attacked from all sides and didn't bat an eye.

 

William Saletan: Democrats could be in trouble if they nominate Warren.

 

POLICY ROLLOUTS:

Warren wants to eliminate "big money" in politics, taking aim at donations from PACs and urging her fellow presidential contenders to be transparent in their fundraising (The Hill) ... Sanders released new proposals that would aggressively raise rates on corporations and the wealthiest Americans (The Hill) ... NARAL Pro-Choice America will host a presidential forum focused on reproductive rights and abortion (The Hill) ... Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) has a plan to address barriers disabled people face during air travel (The Hill) ... Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is pitching a $100 billion plan to fight what she characterized as Trump's "war on rural America" (The Hill) ...

 

FROM CONGRESS:

Sen. Gary PetersGary PetersSinema fundraising in Europe as reconciliation talks 'ongoing': report Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Congress looks to strengthen government's aging cyber infrastructure Peters presses TikTok on how company addresses conspiracy, extremist content MORE (D-Mich.) is running narrowly ahead of his Republican rival in what is likely to be one of the critical battleground states in next year's election, The Hill's Reid Wilson reports.

 

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) is the latest Democrat to endorse the primary challenger to Rep. Daniel LipinskiDaniel William LipinskiHouse votes to condemn alleged hysterectomies on migrant women Five things we learned from this year's primaries Hispanic Caucus campaign arm endorses slate of non-Hispanic candidates MORE (D-Ill.), according to The Hill's Julia Manchester.

 

MONEY WATCH:

Democratic presidential candidates raised a combined $186 million during the third quarter, setting a breakneck pace even as Trump stockpiles a massive campaign account.

Three of the candidates who hope to face Trump next year -- Sanders, Warren and Buttigieg -- have set themselves apart from the crowded field, both by raising more and keeping more money on hand than their rivals. The Hill's Ried Wilson and Max Greenwood report.

 

Democratic fundraising platform ActBlue on Thursday announced that it has raised $297 million in the third quarter, putting it on track to raise $1 billion this year, The Hill's Rachel Frazin reports.

 

Members of Congress are taking advantage of the Washington Nationals going to the World Series with a number of them planning fundraisers centered around the team's appearance in the Fall Classic, The Hill's Alex Gangitano reports.

 

POLL WATCH:

MOODY'S ANALYTICS: Trump is on trajectory to win a second term in office according to three different historically accurate economic forecasting models.

 

EMERSON COLLEGE: Biden and Warren are tied in Iowa, with Buttigieg on the rise.

 

ECONOMIST/YOUGOV: Democrats have a 10-point lead on the generic congressional ballot.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

There are 108 days until the Iowa caucuses, 116 days until the New Hampshire primary, 127 days until the Nevada caucuses, 134 days until the South Carolina primary and 137 days until Super Tuesday.

 

ONE FUN THING: 

THE MCKINNON EFFECT: Comedian Kate McKinnon is back as a campaign staple after playing Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMeghan McCain: 'SNL' parodies made me feel like 'laughing stock of the country' Hill: Trump reelection would spur 'one constitutional crisis after another' Trump defends indicted GOP congressman MORE and Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne ConwayEthics watchdog accuses Psaki of violating Hatch Act Biden administration competency doubts increase Cook Political Report shifts Virginia governor's race to 'toss-up' MORE on "Saturday Night Live" during the 2016 election campaign. McKinnon played Elizabeth Warren earlier this month on SNL's "Weekend Update" segment and the Massachusetts senator's campaign is taking note! 

Warren's campaign used the segment in an ad earlier this week to tout her latest fundraising numbers. 

"You raised all of this money without any corporate donations, is that right?" "Weekend Update" host Colin Jost asked McKinnon's Warren. 

"That's right," McKinnon replies. "That's grassroots."

The real-life Warren is then seen in a number of clips making phone calls to supporters.

 

 

Warren isn't the only candidate to get spoofed on "SNL" this season. Maya Rudolph played Harris earlier this month, while Lin-Manuel Miranda played former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro after the show was criticized for not including Castro in a previous  skit. 

We'll definitely be watching "SNL's" next new episode to see which other candidates get spoofed. 

Have a great weekend!