Tara Rosenblum and Lee Danuff | News12 Westchester | April 24, 2024

President Biden added nearly $44 million to his campaign war chest in March for a total of just under $187 million, which the Biden campaign says is the most ever amassed by a Democratic candidate in American history at this point in the race.

It also means the president has widened his cash advantage in the heated race – raising almost three times as much as Donald Trump did last month. Trump’s primary fundraising vehicle reported just over $15 million in March and nearly $115 million since last fall.

New Yorkers have given President Biden nearly $12 million , compared to $3.5 million for Donald Trump.

“I’d say that’s a vote of confidence in Joe Biden,” says Westchester County Democratic Committee Chairwoman Suzanne Berger.

Berger is hoping momentum will continue to build at a star-studded, pricey fundraiser scheduled for Thursday and co-hosted by Irvington actors Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones, among others. The tickets start at $3,300 and go all the way up to $100,000.

Biden is not the first presidential candidate to turn to Westchester for campaign cash in recent years.

“There are resources in Westchester,” says Berger. “It’s a Democratic county, it’s fertile ground.”

Berger says the funds raised could also prove pivotal for some crucial races down the ballot.

“Control of Congress will run through the state of New York,” she says.