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

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

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Klobuchar3 reasons why Biden is misreading the politics of court packing Social media platforms put muscle into National Voter Registration Day Battle lines drawn on precedent in Supreme Court fight 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 ButtigiegBillionaire who donated to Trump in 2016 donates to Biden The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - GOP closes ranks to fill SCOTUS vacancy by November Buttigieg stands in as Pence for Harris's debate practice MORE and casting herself as a moderate alternative to Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Biden campaign sells 'I paid more income taxes than Trump' stickers Trump, Biden have one debate goal: Don't lose 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 WarrenNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Democrats blast Trump after report reveals he avoided income taxes for 10 years: 'Disgusting' Overnight Defense: Appeals court revives House lawsuit against military funding for border wall | Dems push for limits on transferring military gear to police | Lawmakers ask for IG probe into Pentagon's use of COVID-19 funds MORE (D-Mass.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Trump, Biden have one debate goal: Don't lose The role (un)happiness plays in how people vote 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 HarrisTrump, Biden have one debate goal: Don't lose Dwayne Johnson backs Biden in first public presidential endorsement Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act 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 YangThe shape of guaranteed income Biden's latest small business outreach is just ... awful Doctor who allegedly assaulted Evelyn Yang arrested on federal charges MORE said he raised $750,000 since the debate.

Updated: 10:44 p.m.