Indian-American political candidates are breaking a whole new glass ceiling as 20 U.S. Congressional candidates raised a record 15.5 million dollars in political donations this election period. Seven of the candidates have each individually raised over 1 million dollars this election period, and leader of the pack, U.S. Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi, has raised more than $3.5 million in his re-election campaign in Illinois’ 8th Congressional District. Ro Khanna, who is seeking re-election from California’s 17th Congressional District, has raised $2 million, according to the Federal Election Commission. Congressman Khanna is followed by Dr. Ami Bera ($1.7 million), who is seeking his fourth consecutive term in the House in California’s 7th Congressional District. Pramila Jayapal, running for a second term in Washington’s 7th Congressional District, has raised $1.3 million. These are awe-inspiring numbers considering the elections are still not for another four months.
The impressive amount of funding goes on to show the support received by Indian-American candidates. Indian-American candidates have established a solid foundation of community supporters who are not afraid to back their support with their financials. The networks of family and friends that exist between Indian-Americans is not only growing in numbers but also increasing in political sophistication and organization. The record-breaking funds raised speak to the dedication of the Indian American community supporting these candidates. In these contemporary times filled with constant advertisements, campaign donations can go a long way to help get the word about the candidates’ race, and their platforms. Overall, it is great to see the community support behind Indian American candidates as they make a bid to represent their respective constituents.
If you would like to support a candidate in your district or find out more about the Indian American candidates running this election period, please visit the USINPAC YouTube page and check out our 2018 Summer Interview