The US President Elections and Fund Raising and Special Features

Features Of the US Election Looking at the Past Time

Burning money is an open secret in the US presidential election. Constant rallies, speeches, various channels of publicity, advertising, and a huge amount of campaign team salary, without strong financial support, basically cannot support the entire campaign process. 

What are the sources to fund the US presidential elections by a candidate?

These campaign expenses mainly come from five sources:

  1. Personal donations
  2. Political action committee fundraising
  3. Party funding
  4. Federal provident fund
  5. Out-of-pocket funds

Looking back at the four U.S. elections in this century, it can be said that each is more "expensive."

During the 2008 presidential election year, all candidates spent a total of more than 1.2 billion U.S. dollars, and the 2012 presidential election spent more than $2 billion for the first time. 

In the 2016 presidential election, all candidates raised $1.3 billion, while the Democratic and Republican candidates raised $734 million and $552 million respectively. 

At that time, the Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and then Republican presidential candidate Trump accounted for the largest amount as the final contestants of the two parties, raising $498 million and $248 million respectively. Independent groups supporting Hillary received approximately $190 million in donations. Independent groups supporting Trump raised $59 million.


 How much were the fun collection at the final stage of US elections?

In the final stage of the election, Trump spent a total of US$94.5 million, while Hillary Clinton spent US$131 million in the same period.

According to statistics from the "Response Political Center", a third-party independent organization in the United States, the 2016 US general election, including the presidential and congressional elections, spent more than US$6.9 billion, making it the most money-burning election in US history.

 What are the funding rules laid down by the US Supreme Court regarding US Presidential funding?

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in January 2010 that companies and labor unions have the right to make unrestricted donations to organizations that support and are independent of the campaign team during the general election cycle. 

Subsequently, individuals are also allowed to donate to such organizations without restrictions. In this case, a super political action committee aimed at financing the campaign came into being.


America Priority Action

Supporting Hillary's "America Priority Action" super political action committee received a total of 176 million US dollars. The largest donation to Trump was the super political action committee called "Reshape America Now" with a donation of 20.34 million US dollars.


2020 U.S. presidential election drives Trump away

Looking ahead to the upcoming 2020 US presidential election, will the previous “burning money” model continue? 

Many election tracking agencies gave a positive answer. These institutions believe that as the Democratic Party sees this as the best time to drive the Republican Party out of the White House, the 2020 US presidential election will burn more money than ever.


At the moment, the Democratic Party's funders have been secretly meeting with the top leaders of the Democratic Party at the beginning of this year to fight for the Democratic Party in 2020. Bernard Schwartz, president of the private investment company BLS, is one of them. 

He spent $3.3 million for the Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections to help Democrats gain a foothold in the midterm elections. 

He hopes that the Democrats can seize the opportunity to retake the House of Representatives and formulate a more detailed economic plan to compete with the Republicans in the election year.


Fundraising for the 2020 presidential election

According to the plan of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) of the United States, April 15th plans to announce the details of fundraising for the first quarter of this year of all parties and independent candidates who are aspiring to the 2020 presidential election. 

The five Democratic presidential candidates eagerly announced the current fundraising situation, which not only broke the conventions of previous presidential elections, but also made money, the most hidden factor that has dominated the US election over the years, once again become the focus of attention from all walks of life.


Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont announced his candidacy on February 19, 2019, and has raised $18.2 million in just over 40 days

The African-American California Senator Kamala Harris, known as the "female Obama", announced his candidacy on January 22, 2019. The total public fundraising is 12 million US dollars.


Representative Beto O’Rourke, a Texas Democrat who was re-elected for three consecutive terms. In the 2018 U.S. mid-term elections, O'Rourke attracted $38.1 million in three months, which impressed the top Democrats. 

Moreover, he declined large donations from the Democratic Party’s "Political Action Committee" (PAC), and also declined large donations from out-of-state groups. He raised small sums of less than $50 each on his own. Donate. Fundraising in the first quarter of 2019 was $9.4 million.


Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend, Indiana. After the announcement of the election on January 23, 2019, the first quarter has raised 7 million US dollars 

Andrew Yang, the first Asian candidate who is an entrepreneur, has raised $1.7 million in the first quarter of 2019.


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What is the 2020 U.S. presidential election time?

The 2020 US Presidential Election will be held on November 3, 2020.


These include the Iowa primary on February 3, 2020 and the New Hampshire primary on February 11, 2020-the first two events are designed to determine who will run.


The Democratic National Convention was originally scheduled to be held from July 13 to 16, 2020, and later changed to August 17 to 20. Speakers at the 2020 Democratic National Convention will not go to Milwaukee, and Biden will not go.

 Biden will deliver a national speech in his hometown of Delaware and accept the Democratic presidential nomination.


The Republican National Convention is expected to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina from August 24 to 27, 2020.


What is the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election Candidate Nomination Time?


Candidate selection: The election process of those participating in the election is complicated.

Because any natural-born American citizen who is over 35 years old and has lived in the United States for at least 14 years can run.

 In order to narrow them down to only two (from the main two parties), a series of election events were passed through which contested the most likely presidential candidates.


Early selection stage (now to January 2020)

The process starts with the so-called "hidden president", which allows the most popular potential candidates to be identified in the year before the general election. 

Members of party institutions and potential funders will weigh the candidates they think have a chance, and then invest money in candidates they support, forcing those who cannot raise the necessary campaign funds to withdraw from the campaign.

By the time of the primary election, there are usually 2 to 20 candidates left.


Primary Election (January to May 2020)

During the main season-late winter and spring of the election year-all potential candidates have the opportunity to prove to people why they should be chosen.

 At the pre-election meeting, registered members of political parties in 19 US states gathered to discuss who they thought should be candidates. 

In closed primary elections, registered party members can nominate their party candidates. There is a quirk in the American electoral system. 

Party caucus meetings and primaries cannot be transformed into support for a state. Instead, they will allocate the number of delegates to the party’s National Congress, and when the final voting result comes out, these delegates will support a possible candidate. 

Every time a primary election or a caucus meeting is held, potential candidates will withdraw because it is clear that they will not win.


National Convention and beyond (July/August 2020)

By the time the national congress of each party was held, the number of representatives supporting each potential candidate had been determined, and the candidate with the largest number of selections became the final candidate. 

The person will then choose a running partner, that is, a candidate for vice president, and start running for president, which usually involves a series of televised debates a few weeks before the vote.


What is the Election procedure for US president?

In the 2016 presidential election, nearly 139 million people voted, with a turnout rate of 55.5%. 

Each state is assigned a certain number of voters, and these voters form the so-called American Council of Electors. Instead of voting directly for the president, voters are allocated from the electoral college based on the number of votes each candidate has. 

In most states, if voters choose one party over another, voters will support the candidate of that party. The candidate with the support of at least 270 voters then wins.


Who is leading? How to choose candidates?

Political theorists say that during the "invisible primaries" period, much depends on the amount of recognition that potential candidates receive, and well-known politicians who don’t want to run usually provide campaign support. 

Various candidates will register as the final candidate's wishes. Others will express their interest by launching an exploratory committee that effectively allows potential candidates to raise funds without confirming their commitment to the presidential campaign. 

Others will form a political action committee (PAC), which also allows them to raise funds without officially registering as a candidate.


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Who made his own suggestions?

Republican candidate: Initially, it seems that Trump will not receive any challenges. However, in January 2019, the first contender appeared.

 This is the first time the incumbent president has been challenged since Pat Buchanan became Bush Sr. in 1992. Bush later lost to Clinton.


Who are the main competitors for American President's election?

The current main competitors are as follows:


Bill Wade

Mr. Weld, 74, ran Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997.

He promised to present a different style from the current president

Mark Sanford

The former South Carolina governor and former congressman has been Trump’s critics, and his campaign is expected to focus on cutting government debt and spending

After the details of the extramarital affairs appeared, he resigned as chairman of the Republican Governors Association in 2009

Joe Walsh

The conservative talk show host is a former social worker. His career began by providing education and skills training to students in impoverished areas. Once a supporter, he has since become Trump’s position on Russia and some cabinet appointments. Long-term critic democratic candidate


The 2020 U.S. presidential election may appear as "oldest president"

Former US Vice President Joe Biden officially announced his participation in the 2020 presidential election on April 25, 2019 local time. 

In the video announcing his candidacy, he pointed the finger at the current President Trump, saying that the core values, status and democratic system of the United States are "at the end of the day" and that if Trump is re-elected, he will be "eternal and profound." Change this country", so he cannot stand by. At present, more than 20 Democrats have announced their participation in the general election, and Biden is considered to be the "most likely person to defeat Trump."

 Regarding Biden's election, Trump sarcastically stated on Twitter that "Sleepy Joe is welcome to run."

 Some analysts believe that whether it is the 77-year-old Biden or the 78-year-old Sanders who become the Democratic candidate and the 73-year-old Trump "decisive battle", it will make the 2020 election in the United States the "election among the oldest men." .




Biden (Joseph Robinnet Jr. "Joe" Biden), born in 1942, was elected to the Delaware federal senator in 1972 and served for six consecutive terms. He is the state’s longest serving senior federal senator. He participated in the general election for the first time in 1988. He was forced to withdraw from the election after being exposed that his speech had copied the speeches of British politicians. He filed with the Federal Election Commission on January 30, 2007 and officially participated in the 2008 US presidential election. On January 3, 2008, he withdrew after losing the primary election in Iowa. In 2008 and 2012, he served as Obama's partner for two consecutive terms of vice president. Biden is a traditional Democratic political elite. 

He is very active in the diplomatic arena. He has served as the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee of the 110th Congress and the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

Biden once voted for the Senate to authorize the Bush administration to send troops to Iraq, but later he repeatedly criticized the Bush administration for launching the Iraq war. 

He also urged the Clinton administration to intervene to stop the "ethnic cleansing of Muslims by Serbs" in the former Yugoslavia, and later supported NATO's bombing of the former Yugoslavia. Biden is one of the first politicians in the United States to support the control of greenhouse gas emissions.

 He has participated in the drafting of the climate control bill. He usually supports free trade agreements.


Biden's participation in the election positions himself as a warrior

The National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) said that Biden's participation in the election positions himself as a warrior worthy of the trust of the American middle class to counter Trump. 

His close relationship with the still-popular Obama is likely to be a very important factor in his favor.

 However, he will face major obstacles if he wants to win the Democratic nomination. Because he is 77 years old, so far he is older than most other Democratic candidates.

The voters he aimed at were not the most vocal progressive activists in the Democratic Party. In his long career in public office, he has expressed his position on a wide range of issues, which may become his weakness in today's Democratic Party, which is more sensitive to political and racial issues and values ​​economics. In addition, several women accused Biden of "sexual harassment."


Can Biden beat Trump?

 The Guardian said that Biden has become the most well-known among the crowded Democratic candidates. With the blessing of Obama’s vice president, he is expected to become an early front-runner in the diversified Democratic contest. 

If he can finally succeed, Biden will become the oldest president in American history.


Republican Party seized the economy and employment to attack Biden

Trump and the Republican Party seized the economy and employment to attack Biden. After Trump satirized Biden as "Sleeping Joe" on April 25, 2019, he reposted several tweets, boasting about his economic performance during his administration. 

A tweet retweeted by Trump said: "Do you want to return to a time when the economy is bad, foreign policy is not strong, and more promises cannot be fulfilled?" 

The chairman of the Republican National Committee also tweeted: "Biden dreams ( Economically), but in the eight years of Obama and Biden (in power), the US manufacturing jobs have lost 193,000 net jobs.

 Trump has created 453,000 manufacturing jobs in just over two years. Career position. Don’t let Biden lead the United States backwards.” The Republican Party also picked up Biden’s failed campaign history. Michael, the communications director of the Republican National Committee, said on Twitter: "Since the 1980s, Biden has been running for president, but always loses, and 2020 will be no different."


However, at the time of the new crown virus crisis, Biden's political experience has become a great advantage. The Democratic Party’s diverse issues have caused internal divisions.

 The epidemic has downplayed the issues of feminist racial environment, and the party has been temporarily bridged. 

If you are not blind, you should see that Trump has acted too stupidly in the face of the epidemic. The virus will eventually complete Biden, Amen.


Who are the Democratic Candidates for President's Election in the USA?

List of 20 Democratic presidential candidates:

1. Former Vice President Joe Biden


2. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts-Exit


3. Senator Kamala Harris, Democrat of California-Withdrawal


4. Senator Bernie Sanders, Democrat of Vermont-Withdrawal (April 8, 2020)


5. Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend, Indiana-Exit


6. Former Texas Democrat Beto O'Rourke-Withdrawal


7. New Jersey Democratic Senator Cory Booker-Withdrawal


8. Amy Klobcher, Democratic Senator from Minnesota State-Exit


9. Julian Castro, the former Minister of Housing and Urban Development-Exit


10. New York State Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand-Exit


11. Jay Insley, Governor of Washington State-Exit


12. Representative Tutsi Gabbard of the Democratic Party of Hawaii


13. Representative Michael Bennet, Democrat of Colorado-Withdrawal


14. Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper-Exit


15. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio-Exit


16. Ohio Democrat Rep. Tim Ryan-Exit


17. Former Maryland Democratic Congressman John Delaney-Exit


18. Yang Anze, a Chinese entrepreneur-Exit


19. Best-selling author Marianne Williamson-Quit


What will be the 2020 U.S. Election Process?

On December 5, 2016, former US Vice President Joseph Biden stated that he might run for president in 2020.


On November 10, 2016, Vermont Democratic Senator Bernie Sander said in an interview that he might run for the post of President of the United States twice.


On January 25, 2017, according to the website of the British Daily Mail, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is considering running for the presidential election again, and she is also preparing to launch a TV talk show to fight for the 2020 election. Good public opinion foundation.


On the evening of June 28, 2017, Trump held the first large-scale fundraising dinner for the 2020 presidential campaign in his own hotel in Washington.


On February 10, 2019, U.S. Democratic Senator Amy Klobcher from Minnesota State officially announced his participation in the 2020 presidential election.


On February 19, 2019, Bernie Sanders announced that he would run for President of the United States again in 2020.


On March 4, 2019, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that he would not participate in the presidential election.


On March 5, 2019, Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City and founder of Bloomberg Limited Partnership, announced that he would not participate in the 2020 US presidential election.


On April 25, 2019, former U.S. Vice President Biden announced his candidacy for 2020 U.S. President. This is the third time Biden has announced his candidacy for U.S. President.


On May 16, 2019, De Blasio announced his participation in the 2020 US presidential election and announced the campaign slogan as "Labor First".

 In his campaign video released at the time, De Blas outlined a series of policies, including a minimum hourly wage of $15, improved medical insurance and paid sick leave.

 He also criticized Trump, saying that he could beat him in 2020. After Bai Sihao joined, a total of 23 people announced their candidacy for the president of the United States.


On May 31, 2019, US President Trump announced through the social networking site “Twitter” that he would formally announce his re-election campaign at a rally in Florida on June 18.


According to CNN analysis, after the two debates, the Democratic candidates have clearly divided into two echelons. The first echelon is former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Elizabeth Warren, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Kamala Harris, and others fall into the second echelon.


On July 6, 2019, John McAfee announced his participation in the 2020 US presidential election as a candidate for the Liberal Party.


In September 2019, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his withdrawal from the 2020 US general election.


On November 1, 2019, former U.S. Representative Beto Olock announced his withdrawal from the Democratic Party's 2020 presidential candidate competition.


On November 24, 2019, American billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who has served as the mayor of New York three times, officially announced his participation in the 2020 US presidential election.


On January 2, 2020, the Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Julian Castro, who served as the Minister of Housing and Urban Development in the Obama administration, announced his withdrawal. 

Castro is the party’s only Latino presidential race in 2020. After he retired, the number of Democratic candidates slashed by more than half, leaving 14 candidates.


In February 2020, Yang Anze, the Chinese presidential candidate of the US Democratic Party, withdrew from the presidential race.


On the night of March 3, 2020, the preliminary results of the first "Super Tuesday" in the U.S. presidential election bipartisan primaries were announced: former Vice President Biden and U.S. Senator Sanders were in the forefront of the Democratic Party primaries.

 President Trump won by an overwhelming advantage in the Republican Party's primaries.


On March 4, 2020, former New York Mayor Bloomberg announced his withdrawal from the presidential election and supported former US Vice President Biden. It is reported that since Bloomberg announced his candidacy in November 2019, he has spent more than 500 million US dollars (about 3.48 billion yuan).


On March 5, 2020, U.S. Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren decided to withdraw from the 2020 presidential election and said that she would continue to serve the people as a federal senator from Massachusetts.


On March 19, 2020, U.S. Presidential Election Democratic candidate and Congressman Tulsi Gabbard announced on the 19th that she would withdraw from the race. She also said that she would support former Vice President Biden in running for the President of the United States. 

As of noon on March 19, the Democratic Party, Biden and Sanders have won 1,181 and 885 seats respectively. In the Republican Party, the current US President Trump has locked in the party's presidential nomination in advance.

 The pre-selection process within the party in the 2020 US presidential election was affected by the new crown pneumonia epidemic. Ohio, Georgia, and Maryland have announced the postponement of their state pre-elections.


On April 8, 2020, the U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont announced his withdrawal from the Democratic presidential primaries and helped former Vice President Joe Biden win the Democratic presidential nomination.

 The road was leveled, which meant that Joe Biden had actually become the Democratic presidential candidate. Sanders said that after evaluation, given Biden's current lead, he and his team believe that it is "almost impossible" for him to win the Democratic presidential nomination. 

With the new crown epidemic sweeping the United States, continuing an unwinnable battle will make him feel uneasy. Based on the judgment that the nomination will not succeed, he decided to stop the campaign.


Obama stated that choosing Biden as his vice president was one of the best decisions he has ever made

On April 14, 2020, former US President Barack Obama officially announced his support for Biden's candidacy for President of the United States. Obama stated that choosing Biden as his vice president was "one of the best decisions he has ever made", saying that he believed that Biden "has all the qualities a president needs." 

Obama said that the United States needs a stable leader to help the United States fight the new crown epidemic. In the video, Obama highlighted Biden's work experience, including his work achievements in several public health crises. 

Obama said: "Biden helped me control the H1N1 influenza and successfully prevented the Ebola virus from becoming a pandemic."


On July 30, 2020, U.S. President Trump proposed the possibility of postponing the 2020 presidential election originally scheduled for November 3. He questioned the possible unfairness of voting by mail.


On August 2, 2020, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows (Mark Meadows) stated that the United States will hold a general election on November 3.


On August 5, 2020, due to the epidemic, the U.S. Democratic National Convention Committee issued a statement saying that former U.S. Vice President Biden, who has locked the party’s presidential nomination, will accept the nomination online in his hometown of Delaware. 

US President Trump said in a telephone interview with Fox Television that he may deliver a speech on the Republican presidential nomination at the White House.


From August 17 to August 20, 2020, during the three-day Democratic National Convention, Joe Biden formally accepted the Democratic nomination for the post of President of the United States and delivered a speech.


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