In the Bay Area, Biden raises millions while asserting that his campaign is undervalued

Anjali Jain
President Biden, after headlining Silicon Valley fundraisers, waves as he prepares to depart Mountain View, Calif. ((Alex Brandon / Associated Press))

On Friday in Silicon Valley, President Biden raised millions of dollars for his reelection campaign while teasing former President Trump and claiming that his campaign was being undervalued.
“With polls shifting toward us and away from Trump, the momentum is clearly in our favor,” he said, adding that 1.6 million individuals have contributed to the campaign, nearly all for less than $200 each. “The press does not wish to write about it.” He stated, “Trump’s campaign has opened zero offices in battleground states, while his campaign has opened 150.” Not only because he is awaiting trial, either.”

Presidential campaigns on both sides of the aisle are funded by California benefactors. According to the Federal Election Commission, Biden and Trump have garnered the most funds in the state for their reelection campaigns. In June, the president is anticipated to hold a fundraiser in Southern California upon his return.

This was Biden’s first journey to California since a fundraiser at the Beverly Park estate of media magnate Haim Saban in February. He arrived there on Friday. This week, the Israeli-American billionaire’s email to senior Biden advisers, in which he criticized the administration’s decision to halt a shipment of weaponry to Israel on the grounds that they could be used in an offensive against a densely populated city in southern Gaza, drew scrutiny.

Biden encountered dissidents in Seattle, from which he returned after his visit to California, and in the Bay Area, where he encountered individuals from both camps. During its journey to a fundraiser hosted by Marissa Mayer, the former CEO of Yahoo, the president’s motorcade encountered individuals carrying Palestinian flags and “Defund Israel” signs, in addition to another group carrying Israeli flags.

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According to Puck, Biden did not address the issue when he spoke on Friday afternoon at the Mayer-hosted event where tickets can cost up to $50,000. An earlier fundraiser that Biden presided over at the Portola Valley mansion of Sun Microsystems co-founder Vinod Khosla could have exceeded $100,000 in expenses. The anticipated revenue from the two events was $4 million.

Jennifer Siebel Newsom, a California First Partner, was present at the Mayer event. Biden cited their contributions to his efforts to form a diverse administration and cited them as an inspiration.
“These two ladies here, in my sincere opinion, exemplify the way in which America is undergoing a transformation,” stated the president. “Their level of competence and capability is extraordinary, and they are fundamentally altering the perception of success and the limits of what is achievable.”

Political candidates have amassed a fundraising behemoth in Silicon Valley, which predominantly supports the Democrats.
Biden and associated groups supporting his campaign raised $17.1 million from the communications and electronics industry, which includes tech companies, in the 2024 presidential election, according to an analysis of Federal Election Commission data published by the nonpartisan nonprofit Open Secrets on April 22. The funds garnered by Trump amount to $1.7 million.

Trump’s successful 2016 campaign did garner the support of a number of prominent tech leaders, including PayPal co-founder and billionaire Peter Thiel, who made history that year by disclosing his sexual orientation from the podium of the Republican National Convention, prior to Trump’s nomination as the GOP candidate.
Thiel, along with several other prominent technology figures, distanced themselves from Trump subsequent to the turbulent tenure of his presidency and the Jan. 6 uprising at the United States Capitol, which sought to obstruct the certification of the 2020 election outcomes.

Some, who reportedly endorsed alternative Republican candidates in the 2024 primary, have reportedly rejoined the party since Trump was declared the presumptive nominee.
“President Trump is building a historic and unified political movement to make America great again, receiving more than 90% approval from Republican voters, winning Independents by double digits, and picking up historic gains with longtime Democrat constituencies,” according to campaign spokesperson Karoline Leavitt.

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Leavitt stated, “Anyone who supports Joe Biden’s agenda to end the wars Joe Biden has started around the world, secure the border, rebuild the economy, and restore American energy dominance is welcome to join President Trump’s movement to make America great again.”

National Republican leaders doubt Biden’s fundraising prowess and predicted he would lose in November.
Michael Whatley, chairman of the Republican National Committee, said in a statement, “Everyone is worse off under Joe Biden, but instead of correcting his failed Bidenomics agenda or securing the border, Biden is rubbing elbows with donors to save his floundering campaign.” “Voters will elect President Trump back to the White House on November 5 simply because they recognize Biden’s fallacy on the issues.”

Additionally, in California, First Lady Jill Biden raised funds for her husband’s reelection campaign—on Thursday in Marin County and Friday in Beverly Hills—at the residences of former U.S. ambassador to Germany John Emerson and former United States Information Agency spokesperson Kimberly Marteau Emerson, both of whom served under President Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, respectively.
Emerson informed the attendees, which included media magnate Jeffrey Katzenberg, a co-chair of Biden’s reelection campaign, that the event had raised in excess of $450,000.

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Following her account of Biden’s five marriage proposals, Jill Biden slashed into Trump.
“Donald Trump is dangerous to our families and to our country,” according to her. “Within the past fifty years, no generation has bequeathed to their daughters a nation with fewer liberties than our own. We must not permit him to prevail.”

While speaking in Portola Valley, the president reiterated remarks about the former president that he had previously made.
“At this time, not everyone is experiencing the enthusiasm. Recently, a man approached me and said, “I’m in dire straits; I have no money and have no idea what to do.” “I informed Donald that I was unable to assist you,” Biden stated.

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