Warren raises more than $19 million in second quarter
Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) raised more than $19 million in the past three months, a haul that puts her among the top Democratic fundraisers of the quarter and signals that her recent momentum has translated to new donors to her presidential campaign.
Warren collected a total of $19.1 million in the second quarter of 2018, her campaign told supporters in an email. That haul came from 384,000 individual donors and more than 683,000 contributions, with an average donation size of $28.
More than 80 percent of Warren’s donors contributed for the first time in the second quarter, which spans April 1 through June 30.
“To sum it up: We raised more money than any other 100% grassroots-funded campaign. That’s big,” Warren’s campaign manager Roger Lau wrote in the email. “You sent a message that Elizabeth’s vision for the future is worth fighting for. And you showed the rich and powerful that change is coming – sooner than they think.”
Warren will be able to spend the overwhelming majority of the campaign cash on her primary bid alone. Between her first- and second-quarter fundraising hauls, less than $100,000 is set aside for the general election, according to her campaign.
The fundraising total puts her in the top three among Democratic presidential candidates who have announced their second-quarter numbers. South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE announced raising $24.8 million in the past three months, while former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE has raked in $21.5 million since announcing his campaign in April.
The fundraising haul is a major win for Warren, who has placed perhaps the most significant restrictions on her own fundraising channels. She has, for instance, sworn off money from political action committees, and unlike several other candidates, does not hold high-dollar fundraisers.
Her total also puts her ahead of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), her most significant challenger on the left. Sanders’s campaign said last week that it raised $18 million in the second quarter of the year, although it also transferred another $6 million from other accounts.
Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.), who has repeatedly polled among the top five Democratic presidential hopefuls, brought in less than $12 million in the second quarter of 2019, putting her well behind her top rivals in the money race. Still, she saw a strong finish to the quarter following her standout performance in the first round of primary debates last month.
Candidates have until July 15 to report their second-quarter fundraising totals to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), though some campaigns opt to announce their numbers publicly before the official filings become available.
Warren’s strong fundraising haul is the latest sign that her campaign has picked up much-needed momentum in recent months.
Despite being among the first Democrats to enter the presidential primary, she reported raising only about $6 million in the first three months of 2019. Warren also found herself dwindling in the single digits in early polls, prompting some to raise questions about her campaign’s long-term prospects.
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But in recent months, Warren has seen a burst of momentum, driven in no small part by her regular flow of policy position rollouts and “I-have-a-plan” mantra. She was also bolstered late last month by a well-received performance in the first Democratic presidential debate.