Klobuchar raises more than $1M in online donations since debate

Klobuchar raises more than $1M in online donations since debate

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharSunday shows preview: All eyes on Biden administration to tackle coronavirus Do Democrats really want unity? Democrats seek answers on impact of Russian cyberattack on Justice Department, Courts MORE’s (D-Minn.) White House campaign has raised more than $1 million in online donations since Thursday night’s primary debate.

The campaign made the announcement late Friday night, updating the total of $800,000 it had put out earlier in the day.


“Since the debate last night, just since last night, from your help online we have raised $800,000 in small contributions,” Klobuchar said in a video posted to Twitter Friday afternoon, adding that she hoped to hit $1 million by the end of the day.


The haul comes after Klobuchar gave what was widely considered to be a strong performance at the debate Thursday night in Los Angeles, employing lacerating attacks against South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden's crisis agenda hits headwinds Biden signs order to require masks on planes and public transportation Senators vet Buttigieg to run Transportation Department MORE and casting herself as a moderate alternative to Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDC residents jumped at opportunity to pay for meals for National Guardsmen Joe Biden might bring 'unity' – to the Middle East Biden shouldn't let defeating cancer take a backseat to COVID MORE.

Klobuchar went after Buttigieg, who has led in polls in Iowa and New Hampshire, over his lack of statewide or federal experience. 

“When we were in the last debate, mayor, you basically mocked the 100 years of experience on the stage,” Klobuchar said, citing accomplishments from herself as well as Biden and Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenStudent loan forgiveness would be windfall for dentists, doctors and lawyers OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden's Interior Department temporarily blocks new drilling on public lands | Group of GOP senators seeks to block Biden moves on Paris, Keystone | Judge grants preliminary approval for 0M Flint water crisis settlement Senate approves waiver for Biden's Pentagon nominee MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersSunday shows preview: All eyes on Biden administration to tackle coronavirus The Hill's 12:30 Report: Next steps in the Trump impeachment Sanders selling sweatshirts with his famous inauguration pose for charity MORE (I-Vt.). 

“So while you can dismiss committee hearings, I think this experience works,” she added before noting that Buttigieg lost a statewide race for Indiana treasurer.

The Minnesota Democrat also sought to cast herself as a candidate focused on the issues when she intervened in a fiery clash between Buttigieg and Warren over the Indiana Democrat's high-dollar fundraiser at a so-called “wine cave” in Napa.

“I didn’t come here to listen to this argument,” Klobuchar interjected to applause. “I’ve never even been to a wine cave. I've been to the wind cave in South Dakota, which I suggest you visit.” 

While the haul definitely serves as a boost for Klobuchar and is evidence that her debate performance left a mark, it is unclear how long the surge of support will last.

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden must wait weekend for State Department pick Senators introduce bill to award Officer Goodman the Congressional Gold Medal An ally in the White House is good for abortion access, but not enough MORE (D-Calif.) saw a similar spike in donations and a surge in the polls after a heated clash with Biden at the first primary debate, only to see her standing in national and early state surveys steadily shrink over the next several months before she dropped out in early December.

Klobuchar is making a competitive play for Iowa, currently embarking on a 27-county bus tour there to gin up support in Minnesota's neighboring state; she still has a smaller war chest than several of the primary field's top-tier candidates and is polling in fifth place in the Hawkeye State, according to RealClear Politics’s polling average of surveys there.   

Besides Klobuchar, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced he raised over $1 million all of yesterday while entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangYang to quarantine after campaign staffer tests positive for COVID-19 Andrew Yang sparks Twitter uproar with pro-bodega video Yang announces run for New York City mayor MORE said he raised $750,000 since the debate.

Updated: 10:44 p.m.