The Biden administration continues to face crises on multiple fronts, from the federal COVID-19 response to an influx of undocumented migrants.
President Joe Biden has not let that interfere with his efforts to bring in some extra cash for his progressive allies, however, including in the form of a fundraising event this week to benefit Keisha Lance Bottoms, the Democratic mayor of Atlanta, Georgia.
Bottoms remains vocal Biden ally
Bottoms, one of the state’s most notable Biden allies, is planning the event on Friday with tickets ranging from $100 to $10,000 per person, according to Breitbart.
The swanky fundraiser aimed at securing the mayor another term will mark the first fundraising event hosted by the president since he took office earlier this year.
Biden initially offered Bottoms a position as the head of the Small Business Administration, but she turned down the chance to take a federal position, indicating at the time that she remained more interested in remaining Atlanta’s mayor.
She was a stalwart cheerleader for Biden during the presidential campaign, going so far as to campaign for him in Iowa and acting as a surrogate on various cable news programs.
Bottoms could frequently be seen singing the Democratic nominee’s praises in a host of spin-room panels in a clear effort to convince undecided voters that Biden was the right person for the job.
“Have not been on our radar”
Her loyalty now appears poised to pay off, literally, as she will undoubtedly bring in substantially more donations with Biden on her side this week than she could have with an event she hosted on her own.
The Atlanta mayor met privately with Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in the wake of last week’s shootings as a trio of local massage parlors to discuss a rise in violence against Asian Americans.
According to reports, Bottoms slammed law enforcement sources for not confirming the prevailing narrative that the shooter was influenced by racial bias. Early reports signaled that the suspected gunman was motivated instead by sexual addiction.
“We don’t know additional information about what his motives were,” she said. “We will not begin to blame victims, and as far as we know in Atlanta these are legally operating businesses that have not been on our radar.”
It remains to be seen how much interest and cash the joint fundraiser will attract, but it is probably safe to say that it will pale in comparison to the reliable fundraising power shown by former President Donald Trump.