Buttigieg campaign introduces contest for lowest donation

Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE’s presidential campaign announced a new contest to drum up fundraising: who can give the Democratic candidate the lowest contribution. 

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In a email to supporters Tuesday evening, Buttigieg’s campaign wrote that the donor who contributes the lowest amount in the hours ahead — provided that no other donor matches the contribution amount — will win a prize from the campaign.

“All you have to do to win is donate the smallest amount that nobody else donates,” reads the email. “Multiple donations are allowed; just be creative, pick a unique donation amount, and you could win.”


Some Twitter users pointed out that the effect of the contest would be to lower the South Bend, Ind., mayor’s average donation amount. Other candidates, including Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), have frequently touted their low average donations on the debate stage to highlight grassroots support for their campaigns.

“The Pete for America Innovation Team out there working hard on Christmas Eve coming up with gimmicks to lower his average donation amount this quarter. Funny stuff,” wrote Tim Tagaris, a senior adviser to the Sanders campaign.

“This is so transparently hilarious. Wow, his average donation was lower this quarter… it’s a Christmas miracle!” Tagaris added.

The fundraising contest comes just days after Buttigeig faced heat from his fellow Democrats onstage at Thursday’s Democratic debate over a fundraiser in a wine cave, which was pilloried by rivals such as Andrew YangAndrew YangGeorge Floyd protests show corporations must support racial and economic equality Andrew Yang discusses his universal basic income pilot program Andrew Yang on the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis MORE and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) as an effort to sway big donors to Buttigieg’s campaign while opening up the mayor to special interests.

Buttigeig and Warren in particular have been battling ahead of the Iowa caucuses.

The battles over fundraising and donors have prompted new scrutiny of both campaigns. On Tuesday, The Washington Post published a story that focused on contributions from bigger donors that Warren had taken before her presidential campaign. 

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