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Tue Apr 16, 2019, 07:09 AM


Elizabeth Warren builds largest U.S. presidential campaign staff

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APRIL 15, 2019 / 9:35 PM / UPDATED 9 HOURS AGO

Ginger Gibson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren has hired the largest campaign staff in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, quickly building a payroll that far exceeds her Democratic rivals, according to disclosures filed with the Federal Elections Commission.

Warren spent more than $1 million on payroll in the first quarter of 2019, more than double that of rivals such as U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris, the two who raised the most money in the first quarter.

The total does not include other payroll-related expenses. She spent about $566,000 on payroll taxes and $114,000 on health insurance.

Warren has said she intends to build a ďgrassrootsĒ campaign. She has sworn off expensive fundraisers and is relying almost entirely on online donations to fund her campaign.

FULL story: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-warren/elizabeth-warren-builds-largest-us-presidential-campaign-staff-idUSKCN1RS05W
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primary today, I would vote for:
Elizabeth Warren

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Tue Apr 16, 2019, 02:20 PM

1. Elizabeth is very organized.


Whoever is the next President will have to be. I bet Elizabeth already has her Cabinet all lined up. On the afternoon after being sworn in, this is what she will have to do; replace every Trump appointee, even house-keepers. Replace all technical equipment, from phones to TVs and computers. Change all the locks, codes, and passwords. Do a thorough scan to check for spy-ware. And, when all thatís done; scrub down the whole Whitehouse (literally) and then smudge, smudge, and smudge again, to clear out all the dark, vile, and filthy energy left over from Trump.
Then, she will have to get hard to work undoing every Trump Executive Order. And, thatís just for starters.
We are going to need a tireless Candidate, folks. Someone who is used to working, even after the sun goes down.
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Tue Apr 16, 2019, 02:35 PM

2. Yes. Here's a "money primary" view into how she and others're doing:


Warren was ranked 7 out of 15 on April 12 after a delayed decision on what direction her fundraising would focus and change of financial directors.

With almost all the serious contenders already in and nearly three months until the first televised debate, thereís not much going on that generates headlines. Thatís one reason the candidatesí first-quarter fundraising has attracted notice: Itís the only thing journalists and pundits can seize upon to measure each candidateís appeal. The trouble is that money has a very poor track record of predicting ultimate success.

Itís a little-known fact that the candidate who had raised the most money at the end of the year before the Iowa caucuses has lost three of the past five open races in both parties. ... Money doesnít buy love, and it certainly doesnít buy votes by itself.

Sustained fundraising can yield important clues about a candidateís level of support. If someone comes from nowhere, as Ben Carson did in 2016, and raises over $60 million from small donors, it shows his message is resonating. Thus it was not terribly surprising that the political neophyte outlasted former governor Mike Huckabee in the race. Carson was getting more money than Huckabee while making a similar appeal to religious conservative voters.

Itís too early to make similar prognostications in the Democratic race. Every candidate taps their most loyal supporters for the initial push. If they canít raise a few million dollars coming out of the gate, they shouldnít be coming out of the gate to begin with. Right now, the fact that Pete Buttigieg raised $7 million or that Bernie Sanders raised about three times as much as Elizabeth Warren doesnít mean much. What will matter is how those numbers develop over time and, most importantly, how candidates use whatever resources they have to develop a message that resonates with voters.

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