PIOs in USA raise record funds for Biden Presidential campaign
Indian Americans raised $3.3 million in a single night during the fundraiser for US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, and pressed his campaign to moderate its positions on Kashmir and the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, as also to add an agenda for the Hindu community on its web platform. Around $2mn was written in by “big donors” and $1.3mn came in from smaller donors, and it is said to be a record amount raised by the community at any single-night fundraiser. Biden acknowledged that he knew and understood this was because of Kamala Harris, his Indian-American nominee for vice president. The virtual fundraiser, which followed Biden`s interaction with a handful of Indian Americans was attended by over 200 people and headed by Vivek Murthy, the former US surgeon general, who is among those the community is pushing for a cabinet position in a possible Biden administration. Some Indian Americans who wanted to “do more than just write cheques” also took the opportunity to press the former vice-president on his campaign`s position on Kashmir, CAA, and the “lack of equal treatment” of Hindus, who don`t have a dedicated section on the campaign platform`s section titled “Joe`s Vision”. The Indian American community, which has 1.8 million eligible voters, is being wooed aggressively by both Biden and Trump campaigns.