Biden's donors give him one more shot

Biden’s campaign fundraising has popped upward since Tuesday’s debate, totaling $2 million in four days ahead of the South Carolina primary. Supporters are coming out to his rescue: Hollywood fundraiser James Costos told POLITICO on Friday that he’s backing Biden and will be planning events and traveling for him in the coming weeks. And the pro-Biden Unite the Country super PAC raised $2.5 million on Thursday alone, enabling the group to book and then expand its first Super Tuesday ad buy, a seven-figure spend on digital and radio ads.

It was too late, by Friday, to create a TV ad and get it on the air, according to the PAC — and it remains unclear whether the help is coming too late for Biden’s campaign, which largely abandoned delegate-rich California, for example, in the run-up to Super Tuesday. But the news still represents a turnaround since Biden wobbled through the first states of the 2020 campaign: Biden’s donors, who include a large crop of former Obama bundlers and longtime party fundraisers, are giving him one last chance…

“People are beginning to believe we can get a big win here, and slingshot into Super Tuesday,” said Dick Harpootlian, a South Carolina state lawmaker and Biden bundler who has also contributed money to the pro-Biden super PAC. “A squeaker’s not going to do much for him. But I think he’ll do better than that.”