Obama and Biden Join Forces for First Joint Virtual Fundraiser

Former President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, now the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, are joining forces for their first virtual fundraiser ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

Biden’s campaign took to Twitter on Monday evening to offer details about the upcoming grassroots fundraiser. It has been confirmed that the fundraiser will take place on June 23.

“Folks, I’ve got some big news: Next week, I’m getting together with my friend and former boss, President [Barack Obama], for a virtual grassroots fundraiser,” Biden wrote. “We would love to see you there.”

According to an invitation obtained by Axios, the virtual fundraiser will aim to obtain “small dollar” donations from tens of thousands of donors. The Biden campaign also hopes to surpass its previous fundraising initiative which amassed more than $1 million from over 36,000 supporters.

The $1 million from Biden’s previous fundraiser is also included in the $81 million Biden’s campaign raised in conjunction with the Democratic National Convention (DNC) for the month of May, according to Politico.

The surge in May is the result of Biden’s online donations tripling since February. It also marks Biden’s biggest fundraising month since he has been on the campaign trail.

The grassroots fundraiser comes amid Obama’s call for unity, as he encouraged “Americans of all backgrounds and political stripes to join together.” 

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Obama went on to note that voting for Biden would convey the message that “all of us are equal and each of us should have the chance to make of our lives what we will.”

The former president’s latest call for support of Biden follows his official endorsement of him. Back in April, Obama officially endorsed Biden after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced the suspension of his presidential campaign.

Like multiple previous Democratic presidential candidates, Sanders has also vowed to support the Biden campaign as he continues to focus on the overall goal of beating President Donald Trump in November.

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