Having already raised $365 million to win the White House, Joe Biden has turned to crowdfunding to help pay for his transition team as he prepares an administration to take over the reins of government in January.
The president-elect, who had already put aside an estimated $10 million for the transition, has been forced to put out the begging bowl because of the Trump administration’s refusal to follow convention and release cash, allowing the handover to take place smoothly under a process known as “ascertainment”.
With Donald Trump refusing to accept he lost the election, the General Services Administration, a normally obscure arm of government, has refused to co-operate with the incoming Biden team.
The stance by Trump-appointed administrator Emily Murphy has meant that Mr Biden has been denied office space, briefings and an estimated $8 million (£6 million) of federal money.
This has left the Biden team having to pay for salaries and expenses for the transition itself.