A trio of likely presidential contenders is teaming up with a new Democratic hero to pump cash into the Democratic National Committee.
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will join new Alabama Sen. Doug Jones to host the DNC’s “IWillVote Gala” fundraiser in Washington on March 7, according to an invitation obtained by POLITICO.
The event — which is expected to draw roughly 400 attendees, according to a DNC aide who confirmed the plan — is the first in a series of large regional fundraising gatherings the committee is hosting ahead of the midterms. In addition to celebrating Jones’ December win, it will also cheer Democratic gains in 2017 like the wins up and down the ballot in Virginia.
While the committee has at times struggled to raise cash as large, Democratic donors warily re-engage with politics after 2016’s bruising losses, it did bring in $67 million in 2017. But, with a handful of exceptions like former Virginia governor and DNC chair Terry McAuliffe and Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti, potential presidential hopefuls have been slow to help the organization rebuild.
Bringing Booker, Gillibrand, and Warren — all potential White House hopefuls in 2020 — together to raise money for the committee reflects growing optimism on the left about their prospects in 2018.
The March gala is scheduled to happen just as the DNC gathers for its winter meeting.