Jun 30, 2020
Biden campaign predictably outstrips Trump campaign on diversity, but still has work to do
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Joe Biden released diversity data on his campaign staff and, in the words of She the People founder Aimee Allison, it’s “not terrible.” The numbers aren’t embarrassing, in other words, but there’s work to be done. Biden will be “more successful having a set of top advisers who relate to and can connect with the very communities they are dependent on to win,” Allison told The Washington Post.
Thirty-five percent of the staff on Biden’s campaign as a whole are people of color, while 53% are women. Five percent of staff did not specify their race. Among senior staff, including “senior consultants who spend the majority of their time on the campaign,” 36% are people of color and 58% are women.
Roughly 60% of the U.S. population is white and just over 50% is women, so Biden’s campaign arguably looks like the United States, but it remains somewhat whiter and maler than the Democratic Party.
The Trump campaign has refused to provide full diversity figures, specifically declining to provide race data for all full-time staffers. Just over half of those full-time staffers are women. Among senior staffers, 56% are women and 25% are people of color.
Biden’s campaign is working with the organization Inclusv to increase its diversity. The group’s founder, Alida Garcia, called the campaign’s current numbers a sign “there is a lot of room for growth.”
The campaign released the data after Biden was pressed about the issue on an Asian Pacific Islander American Vote-hosted virtual town hall.
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Just In: Biden Campaign Blows Past Trump With $141 Million in Fundraising for June
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On Wednesday night, the Trump campaign reported a $131 million haul throughout June, which brings their overall second quarter of fundraising to $266 million. But hours after the Trump campaign released their figures, the Biden campaign said they drew $141 million from June, and their second quarter is $282 million.
The June numbers are a substantial increase from May since Biden reportedly received approximately $81 million while Trump got $74 million. The fundraising numbers come after multiple polls have shown Biden ahead of Trump in several pressing categories, plus June was a rough month for Trump between new outbreaks of Covid-19 and the civil unrest that gripped America following the death of George Floyd.
Here’s how The New York Times analyzed the situation:
The totals were impressive in different ways. For Mr. Biden, the huge sum represented a reversal after he had struggled with fund-raising for much of the primary campaign, as well as a signal that the party’s donors, big and small, have united behind him. For Mr. Trump, it showed the durability of his financial supporters, who delivered his strongest month yet despite a turbulent June and polling showing him trailing Mr. Biden badly.
Between Trump’s sagging poll numbers, the campaign’s disappointment with their recent Tulsa rally, and Biden’s superior fundraising for the last two months, it is possible this could be trouble for Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale, who has reportedly been under major pressure lately. Most recently, Parscale reportedly put himself in self-quarantine after Covid-19 cases spiked in Tulsa and numerous staffers involved in setting up Trump’s rally tested positive for the virus.
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