Rep. Seth Moulton became the third Massachusetts politician to announce a run for president when he announced his candidacy Monday. Moulton’s platform includes engaging younger voters and military veterans.
Moulton is a three-term congressman and is also an Iraq war veteran. He was first elected in 2014 and represents Massachusetts’ 6th Congressional District.
— Seth Moulton (@sethmoulton) April 22, 2019
On Good Morning America, Moulton punched back about his ‘progressiveness.’
“I’m not a socialist, I’m a Democrat,” he said.
Robert Wolf, former economic adviser to President Barack Obama, said, “He’s really strong on national security. He’s on the armed services. And he’s strong on defense. And I also think he has progressive values so, you know, he’s someone that checks a lot of boxes.”
Moulton will have a way to go if he wants to get on the same fundraising level as President Donald Trump. Trump and the Republican National Committee have already started joint fundraising committees and have put in state directors in key states. Moulton also has virtually no name recognition on a national platform.
Trump and the RNC have already raised more than $30 million for his re-election, and have $40.8 million cash on hand. To put in better perspective, Trump’s committees and the RNC have raised $75.8 million in the first quarter. This tops the $67.5 million that eight Democratic candidates have raised.
Politico reported that party officials have begun to build relationships with top fundraisers and are encouraging folks to join “raiser clubs,” such as 45 Club, Trump Train, and Builders Club.
While Trump’s campaign has strong fundraising numbers that would make any challenger intimidated, Trump and his team eagerly reported that almost 99 percent of its donations were $200 or less. And the average donation was about $34.
Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to national PACs. Follow her stories, @MarissaAlisa.
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