The Star-Ledger: Cory Booker’s former classmate is ready to bet $10M on Jersey senator’s run for the White House

On Jan 6, 2019, The Star-Ledger, ran an article on Steve Phillips’ plans to raise at least $10 million to support Cory Booker for his potential run for president.

In the article, reporter Jonathan Salant described Phillips as a San Francisco lawyer, civil rights activist and former Stanford University classmate of U.S. Sen. Cory Booker.

Steve Phillips is co-founder of the PowerPAC+ political committee that helped Booker win his initial election to the Senate in 2013. The article stated that Phillips had already raised $4 million in pledges for the independent effort, Dream United.

“There is nobody who has a better chance of being the next president than Cory in terms of what the country needs,” Phillips was quoted as saying in the article.

In his interview with Salant, Phillips had also explained that the independent effort was “bigger than Cory,” and that the funds raised would largely be used to mobilize voters of color across the nation, especially African American voters, which will benefit whomever ultimately becomes the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee.

 Phillips said Americans want a president “who can help heal the country’s racial divide,” and that Booker’s frequent themes of unity and love in his speeches will resonate with many voters.

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