By COLlive reporter
A bissel gelt. That’s what New York City Mayor Bill da Blasio needs to help him qualify to enter the next round of debates between the hopefuls vying to be the Democratic presidential candidate.
De Blasio is racing to meet the requirements of the Democratic National Committee to participate in the televised debate. The threshold is 2% support in opinion polls and 130,000 unique donors from 20 different states.
Candidates that met all requirements are former vice president Joe Biden, NJ Senator Cory Booker, South Bend Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, California Senator Kamala Harris, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, former congressman Beto O’Rourke, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.
De Blasio isn’t one of them as he only has 6,700 donors.
According to a report on Politico.com, he reached out to members of the Satmar and frum communities in New York asking them to back him with a minimal donation.
“A fundraising request for 10,000 donors giving just $1 each is circulating online and on WhatsApp among those in the Orthodox Satmar sect, which is prominent in Williamsburg, Brooklyn,” Politico reported.
Failing to secure a spot on the national stage would be a blow to his struggling campaign, the website reported, adding that the pitch in Yiddish also implies the donations would yield favorable treatment in the future.
It opens with a donation request on behalf of those “who work together with the faithful askanim who are in constant contact with the government to lobby on a number of issues on behalf of our holy institutions and communities and for individuals who need help and to represent your interests,” according to one translation from a fluent Yiddish speaker.
It says the mayor “personally asked” for the support and then asks donors to extend the request to their wives and adult children, Politico said.
“By donating the dollar you support your needs, the entire ultra-Orthodox public and our rights and needs by answering the call of askanim who need to show that the public recognizes those who understand our interests,” it reads.
Finally, it notes, “with the dollar you do not support his candidacy but you can help get him to the debate.”