President Joe Biden is ramping up his reelection effort with four fundraisers in the San Francisco Bay Area, as his campaign builds up its coffers and lays strategic foundations for 2024. The fundraising blitz follows Biden’s first campaign rally on Saturday in Philadelphia, where he was endorsed by key unions. It was meant as an early display of enthusiasm for Biden’s campaign, and a venue for him to interact directly with voters before he spends much of the rest of the month meeting with deep-pocketed benefactors.
Biden’s campaign will have more than 20 fundraisers involving him, Vice President Kamala Harris, first lady Jill Biden and second gentleman Douglas Emhoff, according to a person involved in Biden’s travel plans. More than half of the fundraisers are with the Democratic president, who arrived in California on Monday and was greeted by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Biden, Newsom and other officials visited the Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center and Preserve in Palo Alto. The president toured the coastal wetland area and announced $600 million in federal grant funding for climate projects across the country.
Not all of Biden’s time Monday and Tuesday in the Bay Area is being devoted to the campaign. On Monday, he also visited the headquarters of Tesla in Fremont, where he met with CEO Elon Musk and toured the plant. The president hit the themes of his campaign at a Friday fundraising event in Connecticut, saying his goal is to do more to tell voters about his legislative accomplishments with infrastructure, computer chip production and programs for responding to climate change, among other policies.
Biden’s fundraising efforts are crucial for his reelection campaign, as he aims to raise enough money to compete with his Republican opponent in 2024. With more than 20 fundraisers planned, Biden is making a strong push to build up his campaign coffers and lay the strategic foundations for his reelection bid. The president’s visit to the Bay Area is also an opportunity for him to interact directly with voters and build enthusiasm for his campaign.