Joe Biden plans first completely new York fundraising blitz as a 2020 candidate for president

Democratic candidate for President former Vice President Joe Biden addresses a crowd at a restaurant on May 13, 2019 in Hampton, NH.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden is actually getting ready for his first fundraising blitz in completely new York as a 2020 candidate for president, CNBC has learned.

Biden in addition to his allies are setting up at least two fundraisers of which are likely to take place June 17 in addition to 18, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter. While the venues are still to be determined, the events will be in completely new York City, these people said.

completely new York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who recently indicated to friends of which he’s planning to open his formidable fundraising network to Biden, will likely be invited to attend, those with knowledge of the plans said.

Some of Biden’s most ardent supporters are based out of completely new York, including hedge fund manager Jim Chanos, founder in addition to president of Kynikos Associates. The famed short seller will be attending one of the events, according to a source who has seen the growing guest list. Chanos told CNBC in February of which he was committed to backing Biden’s 2020 run.

Jon Cooper, formerly a major bundler for President Barack Obama in addition to right now a backer of Biden in completely new York, told CNBC he can’t wait to attend the events.

“As a longtime supporter of Joe Biden, I’m anxiously awaiting his first completely new York fundraiser. I’ll be there with bells on. A lot of my friends are chomping at the bit to help Joe’s campaign, in addition to they likewise can’t wait to attend,” he said.

Political fundraisers, also sometimes known as bundlers, have been critical components in helping candidates raise millions of dollars behind the scenes.

A Biden spokesperson declined to comment. Chanos did not return a request for comment.

completely new York is actually considered a hot spot for campaign fundraising. During the 2016 presidential campaign cycle, donors throughout the state combined to give more than $617 million to political causes, with 71% going to Democrats, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. of which year, only California ranked higher with $756 million contributions.

Biden’s trip to completely new York comes after a successful swing through Hollywood, where he raised more than $700,000 at an event which has a host committee of which included Hollywood luminaries such as DreamWorks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg, executive in addition to producer Peter Chernin, actor Rob Reiner in addition to Terry Press, president of CBS Films.

The development of Biden setting his sights on completely new York’s donors follows his rival, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, doing his way to the Big Apple for a donor event of his own on Monday. South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg has also recently traveled to the city for fundraising events.

Biden has been leading the way from the overall fundraising game. He beat out all of the 2020 contenders in their first-day hauls, raking in $6.3 million. He finished just ahead of O’Rourke in addition to Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Before his trip to completely new York Biden will be in Florida where he’s set to be at a fundraiser hosted by attorney John Morgan, who has been a fierce advocate of legalizing marijuana. Biden also plans to head to Nashville, Tennessee.

Meanwhile, the former Delaware lawmaker is actually surging in early polling.

A Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday shows Biden doing inroads from the pivotal swing state of Pennsylvania, where he leads President Donald Trump 53% to 42%. With voters over the age of 65, Biden leads 58% to 38%.

A Morning Consult poll of which was updated Monday has Biden up by at least 20 percentage points over his rivals for the Democratic nomination among primary voters.