Former Vice President Mike Pence’s presidential campaign is failing so badly that there is a real possibility he won’t meet the donor threshold necessary to qualify for participation in the initial GOP debate.
In order to secure a spot on the debate stage, a candidate must have a minimum of 40,000 donors, which Pence has not yet achieved.
As reported by the New York Times, who claim to have spoken with two campaign aides, Pence’s campaign has managed to raise only $1.2 million.
In comparison, former President Trump has amassed $35 million in fundraising during the second quarter, while Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has secured $20 million in campaign contributions.
The first televised GOP primary debate is scheduled to take place on August 23rd in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Pence didn’t help his situation this week with his disastrous performance during an interview with Tucker Carlson.
Carlson swiftly exposed Pence as a RINO and a warmonger who openly admitted that he is not concerned about Americans.
There also appears to be minimal effort from Mike Pence’s campaign to secure his presence on the debate stage.
The New York Times reported:
Unlike other candidates who have employed online gimmicks to secure 40,000 donors, Mr. Pence has invested little in seeking out contributors on the internet. His campaign has spent just $14,230 in advertising on Facebook and Google, according to data collected by Bully Pulpit Interactive, a marketing and communications agency, a figure that is one-fortieth of what has been spent on those platforms by Vivek Ramaswamy, a political newcomer who joined the race in February.
In an admission of its struggle to raise money online, the Pence campaign plans to spend a large bulk of what it has raised on a robust direct-mail program aimed at helping him accrue enough donors to qualify for the first debate.
The super PAC supporting Mr. Pence, Committed to America, had raised an additional $2.7 million during the fund-raising reporting period that ended June 30, an aide said. For a fund-raising vehicle that can accept unlimited contributions, such a total is quite small.
Other Republican presidential candidates have announced far larger fund-raising sums from the three-month reporting period; some of them, unlike Mr. Pence, were in the race for the entire quarter.