Pete for President raises another $1M after announcement; What's next?

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - The Pete for President campaign apparently raised $1 million within hours after South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced his bid for the White House Sunday in South Bend.

A campaign spokesperson said it took about four hours after the event to reach the funding milestone.

On Monday night, Pete Buttigieg is scheduled to appear live in New York on the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. Late Tuesday afternoon, he’ll do a meet and greet at a middle school in Des Moines, Iowa. On Wednesday, he’ll appear in Marshalltown, Iowa.

The week is also likely to include a stop or two in New Hampshire, although the campaign has yet to announce details.

“As they ramp up staffing in the key caucus and primary states, I think it’s going to come along well,” longtime Democratic activist Shaw Friedman said. “There's so much to put together in terms of hiring, literally thousands of resumes pouring in from all over the country, they're having to field inquiries, they're having to ramp up fundraising events.”

Buttigieg is also one of five Democratic presidential candidates scheduled to appear at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire on April 22 that will be televised by CNN.

“Even with that kind of extraordinary intellect, his capacity that he has to absorb complex policy issues but he conveys it in very understandable terms that regular folks can relate to,” Friedman said. “He's got the right qualities and some real gifts to be a very, very talented candidate for president and, frankly, be a very effective president.”