Joe Biden to hold first fundraiser as president and the recipient is Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in a state that was key to the president’s victory
- Biden’s first fundraiser will reward politician who provided a key endorsement
- She stumped for Biden and vouched for him in state that led to fierce Trump challenge
- She reportedly turned down a cabinet post • Biden visited Georgia last week
- Top donors will give as much as $10,000
Joe Biden will hold his first fundraiser as president to provide a political boost to Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, using his political power to reward a loyalist who endorsed him.
Tickets run as high as $10,000 for top donors, with younger donors kicking in just $100.
Lance Bottoms endorsed Biden, campaigned for him in Iowa, and spoke at the Democratic National Convention.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks during a drive-in rally for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at Cellairis Amphitheatre in Atlanta, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. She is the first Democrat to get a Biden political fundraiser
The fundraiser will occur Friday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.
According to the invite, ‘sustainers’ can give $4,300, ‘while’ friends can give $1,000.
The local event is an early sign of the financial boost Biden can deploy as the leader of his party during as it prepares for 2022 matchups with a number of open seats.
Biden scrubbed political events that were on his schedule when he visited Atlanta last week, in the wake of horrific shootings at area spas.
However he met with the mayor, as well as Democrat Stacey Abrams, during his visit. He was in the state to visit the Centers for Disease Control to thank scientists and promote his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan.
The mayor’s endorsement for Biden came early – happening in July 2019. She was one of numerous African America validators who went to bat for Biden, whose primary win benefitted from strong black support.
Biden considered her as a potential running mate, and she reportedly turned down the offer of a cabinet job running the Small Business Administration, instead opting to remain in place and seek reelection.