There are at least 23 serious contenders for the Democratic Party’s nomination to run in 2020 against incumbent President Donald Trump.
With that many people running, there exists a problem for Democrats: if you donate a large sum to a candidate that eventually loses, that effort is all for naught. Meanwhile, Republican donors are focusing all of their donations on the candidate who is already the presumed nominee.
Fortunately for Democrats, former President Barack Obama announced on Friday the Democratic National Committee’s plans to address this problem.
“I’m excited that the DNC asked me to announce a bold new effort: The Democratic Unity Fund,” Obama wrote in an email to Democratic donors, according to reporting from CNN. “Launching today, the fund will be dedicated to electing our party’s eventual presidential nominee and winning up and down the ballot in 2020.”
No matter who our Democratic nominee is, they need a strong, well-resourced party to carry them to victory, which is why we launched the Democratic Unity Fund. Every contribution will go directly toward taking back the White House and seats nationwide: https://t.co/2gfmCzUkJj pic.twitter.com/o1iiFtLwgs
— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) May 17, 2019
Within the email, Obama went on to elaborate on how the Unity Fund would work.
“The Democratic Unity Fund is a promise that whoever earns our nomination, he or she will have a strong, united, and well-organized DNC ready to spring into action the moment the general election starts — a DNC that’s ready to lift us all to victory in November,” Obama said.
All donations from the fund would go towards helping DNC-led programs, including “Organizing Corps 2020” and “the Data Warehouse.” The fund would also help “voter protection efforts that are essential to winning in 2020,” Obama wrote.
Many Democratic contenders running for the presidency spoke to Obama before making their announcement official, reported the Express. Obama has not formally endorsed a specific candidate for the nomination.
For some, his lack of an endorsement for former Vice President Joe Biden was surprising. However, as Biden himself explained, Obama’s lack of an endorsement for him was planned — Biden even said he asked the former president not to directly back him up at this time, and wait to do so only if he wins the party’s endorsement, too.
“Whoever wins this nomination should win it on their own merits,” Biden said, per reporting from Newsweek.
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