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Biden Supporters Plan Chicago Re-election Fundraiser with Billionaire Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker

Natalie Frank, Ph.D.

Tentative date not confirmed but likely will be this month to meet goal for raising hundreds of millions of dollars in the next few months
President Biden plans re-election fundraiser in Chicago with Illinois Governor J.B. PritzkerPhoto byGage Skidmore/flickr [CC BY-SA 2.0]

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker is set to host a high-profile fundraiser in Chicago, joining forces with big money donors to raise funds for President Biden's re-election campaign. The exact date of the event has yet to be announced. The event, which has generated significant anticipation among political circles, is expected to draw a prominent crowd of supporters, party leaders, and donors.

Biden's initial high-dollar fundraising events will serve as a crucial test of his appeal among affluent voters, aiming to raise hundreds of millions of dollars in the coming months. Since the campaign's official launch on April 25, there are plans to intensify fundraising efforts, particularly in the current month.

According to advisers, a substantial influx of funds will set Biden, who is highly likely to secure the Democratic nomination, apart from the Republican Party, which is currently in the process of selecting its candidates from a diverse pool that includes front-runner Donald Trump, the former president whom Biden defeated in 2020. During the 2020 election, Biden raised over $1 billion in campaign funds.

The objective behind these early fundraising events is to demonstrate Biden's financial strength and garner significant support from wealthy donors. By amassing a substantial cash haul, the campaign aims to showcase Biden's ability to compete effectively against potential Republican contenders, including Donald Trump, and solidify his position as the Democratic candidate for the upcoming elections. These efforts are crucial in shaping the narrative and positioning Biden as a formidable candidate with broad support across various sectors of society.

A fundraising event organized by J.B. Pritzker, a billionaire who has made a commitment to help fund the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 2024, alongside other stakeholders on the host committee and elsewhere, would provide a significant boost to Biden as the current campaign finance quarter draws to a close.

The Pritzker event is one of several high-dollar gatherings that Biden's team is considering, with the aim of holding them before the end of the second quarter on June 30. It is important for campaigns to file their finance reports in mid-July.

President Biden's partnership with Governor Pritzker reflects their shared commitment to advancing progressive policies, including affordable healthcare, infrastructure development, and climate action. Both leaders have been vocal proponents of these issues, and their collaboration serves as a symbol of unity within the Democratic Party. This would also distinguish Biden's effort to be re-elected from the Republican Campaign which continues to see new candidates with different platforms throwing their hat into the ring.

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