Charles Payne, host of the Fox Business program Making Money with Charles Payne, was impressed Thursday by the fundraising efforts of Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders. Payne seemed surprised, though, at exactly who was donating to Sanders’ campaign.
Sanders reported a fundraising total of $34.5 million dollars in the fourth quarter of 2019.
After saying that some of Sanders’ donors were workers at Starbucks, Walmart, Target and the U.S. Postal service, Payne said one “little nugget” of information had him concerned.
“The most common occupation? Teachers,” Payne said. “I mean, teachers are backing the socialist candidate? I mean, when you think about that, you have to ask yourself, what are they teaching our kids?”
“What country is this?” Payne continued. “I’m confused!”
Panelist Jenna Ellis who worked as an adviser on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign said, “I don’t think anyone regardless of any profession should be backing socialism, whatsoever. And so I think that’s a problem regardless of what profession we’re talking about.”
“But I think what’s most interesting about this,” Ellis continued, “and it probably speaks a lot more to the influence of the union bosses over teachers, more than anything else. So I don’t think that when you look at the average teacher in America and what they are for and what they’re promoting, I think it speaks a lot more to the union influence. And you know, Bernie has gotten some of those endorsements.”
Democratic strategist Kevin Chavous called Sanders a “fundraising dynamo.”
“Even in 2016, he had this sort of reputation and raised more money from small individual donors than anyone had before,” Chavous said. “Now he’s broken that record, so it’s more of the same for him and it is very impressive.”
However, Chavous also said that former Vice President Joe Biden’s fundraising figures of almost $23 million showed momentum for the candidate.
“He’s starting to coalesce top Democratic fundraisers around his campaign, those who supported Biden and Hillary,” Chavous said. “And let’s not forget that Hillary in 2016, outraised the Trump campaign and the RNC. And I think we’ll see Joe Biden begin to get that support so these numbers are good for him.”
Chavous said that defeating Trump was the most important thing to the Democrats and that Biden might be the best candidate to achieve that.
“Health care is important and people talk about jobs and those things,” Chavous said, “but there’s a strong sort of passion around getting Donald Trump out of office for people on the left. And I think as polling continues to show that Joe Biden has the better chance at defeating Donald Trump that the money will continue to go to him as people drop out.”
On the Republican side, Ellis was impressed by Trump’s $46 million in fundraising.
“I think that’s really important to say and to show that President Trump is out fundraising everyone even the combined aggregate of Democratic opponents,” Ellis said. “He’s the only candidate right now that has $102 million cash on hand in his campaign at the end of the year. Fundraising is only one aspect but he’s strong on all fronts.”
Of the current Democratic frontrunners, former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg raised $24.7 million. As of this writing, Senator Elizabeth Warren has yet to release fourth quarter figures, although an email from her campaign sent in late December 2019 said she has raised slightly over $17 million.