Steyer Meets Debate's Donor Requirement, Draws Complaints from Left
Added 08-13-19 03:20:03pm EST - “Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer and his team announced Tuesday his campaign reached 130,000 individual donors, one of the critical benchmarks that candidates must reach to make the next debate one month from now.” - Freebeacon.com
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Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer and his team announced Tuesday his campaign reached 130,000 individual donors, one of the critical benchmarks that candidates must reach to make the next debate one month from now.
If Steyer can reach the other requirement — to poll at 2 percent in four qualifying polls — which seems likely given his recent rise in a number of nationwide surveys, he will become the tenth candidate to qualify for the September debates.
The announcement drew swift criticism from fellow Democrats, many of whom accused the California billionaire of buying his way into qualifying.
"The DNC donor requirement may have been added with the right intentions, but there’s no doubt it’s created a situation where billionaires can buy their way on to the debate stage, and campaigns are forced to spend millions on digital ads chasing one dollar donors – not talking directly to donors," Montana governor Steve Bullock said in a prepared statement.
"We're kidding ourselves if we're calling a $10 million purchase of 130,000 donors a demonstration of grassroots support," he added. "It's not serving the candidates, and it sure isn't helping the voters who will actually decide this election."
Steve Bullock responds to Tom Steyer making the debate stage pic.twitter.com/1CWpiz4Pw8
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) August 13, 2019
Fewer than half of Tom's donations came from advertising. Writing off the support of thousands of Democratic voters who are responding to Tom’s message isn’t the way to beat Trump in 2020, no matter what you think about the DNC’s criteria. https://t.co/7hhkoj2H0D
— Heather Hargreaves (@hmhargreaves) August 13, 2019
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