The end of the presidential fundraising quarter is on Friday, and candidates have been all-out sprinting to pad their numbers before the deadline. Next month, first on the 15th and then on the 30th, we’ll get the first looks at the scale of the big-money machine behind Ron DeSantis; just how much Larry Ellison has put behind Tim Scott; whether there is any actual donor enthusiasm behind Joe Biden; and much more. I find the first major filing deadline to be one of the most fun days of the presidential calendar, offering peeks behind the curtain at how politics really works.
In the run-up to the close of books, I connected with Puck’s co-founder and editor-in-chief Jon Kelly to talk about all that and more.
Jon Kelly: Teddy, political people always like to say that the next election is going to be the most important of our lives. And that may very well be true now, as it was likely true in 2016. But yeesh, it also seems like 2024 is going to be the most depressing election, too, as we countenance a rematch between Trump and Biden, the likely ’24 contestants, who are both less popular and less agile than before. This morning, Playbook published Doug Sosnik’s memo which highlighted the “double-doubters,” a growing bloc of Anyone-But-These-Guys voters.