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Biden nets $1.7M in virtual fundraiser with Elizabeth Warren

Former Vice President Joe Biden netted $1.7 million in an online fundraiser with Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Friday attended by 50,000 people — a fraction of the cash and participants President Trump drew two weeks ago in similar video campaign event.

The Republican president raised about $20 million from 300,000 people during his first online fundraiser on July 21. During the event he fielded questions, engaged with donors, and had a conversation with a contest winner — a teacher from Texas.

The event was co-hosted by former TV host Kimberly Guilfoyle, who now serves as national chairwoman of the Trump Victory Finance Committee (and is dating the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr.)

On Friday night, Biden and Warren spoke for almost an hour but did not address the elephant in the room: the Massachusetts senator’s standing as a finalist among the candidates to be Biden’s running mate.

“We’ve known each other a long time. Her fearless work for a just America has transformed lives and inspired millions, including me,” Biden said of Warren. “She is something else.”

Warren returned the compliment. “I wake up every single day with a heart full of hope and here is why: Vice President Biden is meeting the moment.”

The fundraiser comes just a day after the former vice president raked in $2.2 million from a similar event with California Rep. Karen Bass. Biden has promised to pick a woman for the No. 2 job and Bass is in the running.

Though President Trump continues to have an overall cash advantage, Biden has seen a significant fundraising surge in 2020, and has cut into the president’s lead, according to an analysis by the Wall Street Journal. 

Team Trump ended the second quarter of 2020 with $296 million cash on hand, while Team Biden had $243 million. Biden outraised Trump overall in both May and June.

Sam Nunberg, a former Trump 2016 campaign aide, told The Post that all presidential campaigns going forward would need to raise “at a minimum a billion dollars” and said the cash would be pumped into television ads on both sides. “If you’re not on TV you lose and that’s what that money goes to,” he said.

With Post wires 

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