Why Biden is crowdfunding his White House transition

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President-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 16. | Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images

The Trump administration is holding up federal transition funding; Biden has reportedly already raised $10 million.

President-elect Joe Biden has begun crowdsourcing funds for his White House transition — sending out a call Friday for donations.

Ordinarily, a presidential transition would be largely taxpayer-funded, but that money cannot be released until the head of the General Services Administration (GSA), Emily Murphy, officially “ascertains” that Biden won the election. Despite the election having been called for Biden by all major media outlets — and despite the fact that key states have begun to certify his wins — Murphy has refused to do so.

Biden has nevertheless begun the transition process, hiring and onboarding staff, as well as setting up meetings with key groups, such as pharmaceutical companies that are working on coronavirus vaccines.

To help fund this effort, Biden sent out a fundraising email and tweeted that members of the public could donate to his transition funds on Friday, saying that he was forced to do…



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