CJR Staff
July 10, 2023

Vivek Ramaswamy breaks through 60,000 donor threshold for GOP debates

Republican Presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy said he has shattered 60,000 unique donors.

60,000 donors is a significant number because it is the figure under consideration for a candidate to qualify in the third presidential debate.

Ramaswamy qualified for the first debate, which will take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, next month.

GOP Scrambles For Higher Donor Numbers

The first debate required 40,000 unique donors.

"We’ve shattered 60,000," Ramaswamy said about his recent uptick in donors.

The 60,000 figure for the third debate, which will happen in Alabama, is still under consideration as the threshold.

50,000 unique donors is the figure reportedly being considered for the second debate in California.

"While Ramaswamy has eclipsed the figure, as well as former Gov. Niki Haley (R-SC)," as Breitbart reports, "the 37-year-old entrepreneur told Breitbart News he thinks the threshold for the first debate should be even higher."

"The Democrats, I think, had 60,000 as their threshold last time around, so I think that we shouldn’t hold ourselves to much lower of a standard," said Ramaswamy. "I think that 60,000 would have been an appropriate threshold for the first or the second debate, even, but we shattered 60,000 ourselves."

"Some candidates have found the 40,000 thresholds difficult to cross," Ramaswamy said.

Former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said that he has only secured 5,000 donors. "We got more work to do," Hutchinson said.

Ramaswamy and Haley have 12 times the donors of Hutchinson.

"I’m somebody who has never run for office, barely figuring out, you know, the mechanisms of fundraising in the first few weeks of the campaign, without any lists or anything else, you know, actually being able to accomplish this, I think it should be a piece of cake for the rest of the candidates to be able to do the same thing too, but we’re seeing a lot of discussion about how that 40,000 was a difficult threshold," said Ramaswamy.

"For us, I think the 60,000 in early July was something we were able to easily achieve, and I think that speaks to the grassroots nature of our campaign in that we’re really driving a lot of this organically," Ramaswamy added.

"I mean, even our spending to acquire these donors is minimal, really, compared to the traditional way that political consultants would tell you to do this is by spending money to acquire donors. What I do is when I go to events, I’ll tell people, 'Donate a small amount, whatever you’re able to.' On Twitter… honestly, I’ll just pick up the camera, share what’s on my mind, and tell people, 'Hey, you don’t have to agree with me, but if you do, and you want to support these ideas, you may want to give $1 to our campaign or give $10 to our campaign for that matter.' I think that’s been much more effective than some of the standard consultant-vetted, paid approaches," Ramaswamy said.

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