Kirsten Gillibrand is struggling to raise cash for her presidential campaign. It seems a large number of Democrats blame her for the resignation of former Senator Al Franken, and they’re withholding donations because of it.
The Hill reports:
Gillibrand campaign links low fundraising to Al Franken backlash: memo
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D-N.Y.) presidential campaign suggested Sunday that the campaign’s low first-quarter fundraising totals could be partly attributed to backlash over Gillibrand’s decision in 2017 to call for the resignation of Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.).
In a memo obtained by The New York Times, the campaign reportedly said there’s “no question” that donors are retaliating in response to Gillibrand calling on Franken, who had been accused of sexual harassment, to step aside.
“There’s no question that the first quarter was adversely impacted by certain establishment donors — and many online — who continue to punish Kirsten for standing up for her values and for women,” the memo reads.
Gillibrand’s campaign announced Sunday that it raised $3 million in the first quarter of 2019, putting her behind several of her Democratic rivals in the race, including Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
As if this isn’t bad enough, Gillibrand has resorted to transferring funds from her Senate campaign to her presidential campaign.
That is insulting to New York voters, considering the fact that she told them she wouldn’t run for president when she was asking for their support to make her a senator.
Gillibrand raises $3 million in first quarter
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has raised $3 million since launching her presidential bid, her campaign said Sunday, a sum that puts the New York Democrat near the bottom of Democrats’ fundraising leaderboard after the year’s first quarter.
But Gillibrand still has a hefty sum in her campaign account — over $10 million, more than a number of her opponents — thanks to a big transfer of leftover funds from her 2018 Senate reelection campaign. Gillibrand’s spokeswoman didn’t disclose the number of donors who contributed to her bid, as some other campaigns in the grassroots-obsessed Democratic primary have so far.
If these trends continue, she simply won’t be able to sustain her 2020 campaign.
Won’t that be a shame?