The 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are revealing how deep and broad their support is, just after the March 31 fundraising deadline that marked the end of the first quarter of 2019.
While candidates officially have until April 15 to file their first-quarter reports, Democrats in the packed field have already begun announcing their fundraising totals, as well as who supported them, since the first quarter ended Sunday night.
Jay Inslee - $2.25 million
Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced that his campaign raised over $2.25 million since joining the 2020 race in March. Citing a rise in grassroots donations, the campaign said that they have surpassed the DNC's debate requirement to secure 200 donors from 20 different states.
"This first-month fundraising shows strong grassroots momentum for Gov. Inslee's message of defeating climate change," said Aisling Kerins, Inslee's campaign manager.
"Jay Inslee is the only 2020 candidate who will make climate change the top priority. That clear message allowed Gov. Inslee's upstart campaign to raise money at a faster clip than many better-known candidates. We will continue to build momentum, as voters look for a candidate who will prioritize climate change and who has the executive experience to defeat Trump and advance a progressive agenda in the White House."
Here's a closer look at the sources of Inslee's donations:
- 75 percent of contributions totaled $25 or below
- 95 percent of donations totaled $100 or under
- The $2.25 million includes approximately $2 million in primary election funding and $285,000 in general election funding
Kirsten Gillibrand - $3 million
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's campaign raised $3 million in Q1 and is ending the quarter with just over $10 million in cash on hand.
Gililbrand's communications director Meredith Kelly said in a statement that the senator is now in a "stronger financial position" than a vast majority of other candidates in the field.
"These fundraising totals means Kirsten can continue to grow her operation in early states in ambitious ways, focused on introducing her to voters, building strong relationships and earning support in living rooms, tap rooms, coffee shops and college campuses," Kelly added.
Here's a closer look at the sources of Warren's donations:
- 92 percent of contributions were under $200
- 83 percent of contributions were under $50
- Average online donation totaled $25
- Nearly 2/3 of donors were women
- Majority of donors had never given to Gillibrand before
- Largest set of supporters were educators
Elizabeth Warren - $6 million
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign announced that she raised over $6 million in donations in the first quarter. The campaign said they received support from 135,000 "grassroots donors" who made more than 213,000 donations.
Here's a closer look at the sources of Warren's donations:
- Average donation totaled $28
- During the final week before first quarter fundraising numbers were due, Warren raised more than $1.4 million
- 99 percent of donations were $200 or less
- Campaign currently has $11 million in cash on hand, but has spent about $5 million
Amy Klobuchar - $5.2 million
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar's campaign announced that the Amy for America team raised over $5.2 million in seven weeks. The contributions to the campaign, combined with over $3 million the senator raised last year, bring her end of quarter total to over $8 million with $7 million in cash on hand.
"On the day she announced her candidacy for president, Klobuchar said her campaign would be a 'homegrown one.' In the last seven weeks, Klobuchar has reinforced that point -- she's met with thousands of voters across ten states, participated in town halls, answered hundreds of questions about the issues facing our country and shared her plans to create an optimistic economic agenda that will move America forward," the campaign said in a statement.
Here's a closer look at the sources of Klobuchar's donations:
- Nearly 100,000 new supporters online
- Average donation was $40
- 85 percent of all donors gave less than $100
Cory Booker - $5 million
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker today announced to supporters that he raised over $5 million in February and March and currently has over $6 million cash on hand. The Booker campaign says that while 82 percent of those who donated have never donated to his campaign before, they did not reveal anything about Booker's number of donors or the share of small donors.
The Democrat did however, claim that he did not take any donations from "corporate PACs or federal lobbyists" in order to build a campaign "one dollar at a time from people like you."
"I couldn't be prouder of what this team has built together in the two short months since announcing our campaign for president on February 1st, and it's all thanks to your support," added Booker.
Booker referred to himself an "underdog" in the 202o race in his note to supporters, acknowledging he hasn't run for office since 2014.
"That's why your help these past two months has been so crucial, and it's why I'm so grateful to you. You're the reason we're in this fight, and your support has allowed us to show the country that we'll be in this for the long haul," he said.
Beto O'Rourke - $9.4 Million
Beto O'Rourke's campaign announced that the former Texas congressman raised $9.4 million from 218,000 contributions made during the first 18 days of his grassroots campaign for president.
The campaign said that O'Rourke raised an average of $520,000 per day "without taking a dime from PACs, special interests, lobbyists and corporations" making him the "highest per-day raising candidate in the Democratic primary."
"In just 18 days, people in every state and from every walk of life have organized in homes, contributed a few bucks online and united together to show that the power of people is far greater than the PACs, corporations and special interest that have captured, corrupted and corroded our democracy for far too long," said O'Rourke in a statement.
Here's a closer look at the sources of O'Rourke's donations:
- Top contributors by occupation were teachers
- 98 percent of contributions made during the 18-day period were below $200
- Average donation totaled $43
- 99 percent of fundraising came online during O'Rourke's nine-state tour
"Not only is this a sign of our grassroots strength during the first two weeks of our campaign but it is a sign of what's possible when you put your full trust in the people of this country," O'Rourke added.
Julián Castro - $1.1 million
Former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro announced that his campaign raised more than $572,000 since the beginning of April, half of the total first quarter fundraising of $1.1 million. The campaign said that they received support from 50,000 unique donors wit the average donation totaling $32.
Castro campaign manager Maya Rupert said in a statement, "We met our internal goals for the first quarter, and in the first two weeks of April have smashed our fundraising goal for the month. In the process, the campaign released a policy proposal for immigration that fearlessly presents a progressive vision for immigration reform. We're building a sustainable, impactful campaign for the long term that respects its staff, volunteers and supporters."
Earlier in April, in a moment of transparency, Castro revealed on MSNBC that he hand't quite reached a fundraising milestone, throwing his shot at qualifying for the Democratic Presidential debates into question.
"I haven't reached the DNC's 65,000-donor threshold yet, but I'm working hard to earn my spot," Castro admitted on The Rachel Maddow show. Castro, however, used the dismal numbers as a fundraising opportunity, emailing supporters that he still is refusing to take "corporate PAC money."
"I want you and your family to know that YOU are who I'm fighting for -- not those who can pay their way into Washington," Castro said. He added in a plea for donations to make it to the first debate stage: "I know I can get there and make you proud."
Touting its outreach to small donors, entrepreneaur Andrew Yang's campaign reports a preliminary fundraising haul of $1.7 million from over 80,000 individual donors in February and March alone.
"An outsider candidate raising nearly $2 million in two months in entirely small contributions is unheard of. Andrew Yang has proven he can build an online fundraising army from scratch - the Yang Gang effect is real," said Campaign Manager Zach Graumann in a statement.
Yang will now qualify for the first Democratic presidential debate in Miami in late June, becoming the first non-elected official to have made the stage in the last 40 years since Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.
Here's a closer look at the sources of Yang's donations:
- $1.7m raised in February and March
- 99% of donations under $200
- Over 80,000 donors
- Average donation of $17.92
- Over $250,000 raised in the last 4 days of March alone
Bernie Sanders - $18.2 million
Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign raised $18.2 million in campaign donations in the first quarter, according to campaign manager Faiz Shakir, who spoke with reporters in a conference call Tuesday.
The campaign has raised $32 million in total, including the $14 million that the campaign started with. This solidifies Sanders' position as a frontrunner in the race.
Here's a closer look at the sources of Sanders' donations:
- Around 900,000 individual donations
- 99.5 percent of donations to Sanders' campaign are $100 or less
- Average donation is $20
- 88 percent of the money to the campaign came from donors who gave $200 or less
- A majority of donors are 39 years old or younger
- Almost 100,000 registered Independents and 20,000 Republicans have contributed
- 99.99 percent of donors can give again
- 99.6 percent of the money raised came online
--Reporting by Grace Segers
Kamala Harris - $12 million
California Sen. Kamala Harris' presidential campaign has raised $12 million from more than 218,000 individual contributions in the first quarter of 2019. With the average contribution totaling $28, the Harris campaign said that over 99 percent of her donors can contribute again.
Here's a closer look at the sources of Harris' donations:
- 98 percent of contributions under $100
- More than $6 million through its digital program
- More than $1 million in final week of March
- 11,000 individual contributions from educators
"A nationwide network of hundreds of thousands of grassroots supporters has stepped up to lay the foundation for a winning campaign," said Harris campaign manager Juan Rodriguez.
"This is a campaign powered by the people, focused on making health care a right, putting $500 a month in the pockets of working Americans, and giving every public school teacher in America a raise. We're excited by the support we're already seeing."
Pete Buttigieg - $7 million
While he's still in the exploratory phase of his 2020 campaign, South Bend Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced on Monday that initial reports showed his campaign raised over $7 million since launching his exploratory committee in January.
Here's a closer look at the sources of Buttigieg's donations:
- 158,550 total donors
- average donation totaled $36.35
- 64 percent of donations came in through contributions of under $200
Buttigieg acknowledged that while many other candidates in the field may out-raise him, his $7 million is a big deal for what's been seen as an "underdog project."
"We are not part of the national political machine. We started with just about 20,000 people on our email list, and not many people even knew who I was. But as more and more people around the country begin to hear our bold vision for the future, more and more people are investing in this effort," Buttigieg said in a statement on Monday.
"With a first fundraising report like this, we certainly cannot be ignored," he said.