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 $6 million for her presidential bid in the first three months of 2019, her campaign said Wednesday.
Warren ended the first quarter of the year with more than $11 million in the bank, much of it coming from her Senate campaign account.
The Massachusetts Democrat raked in more than 213,000 contributions from over 135,000 individuals, with an average donation size of just $28, campaign manager Roger Lau said in an email to supporters.
A large portion of the total first-quarter haul — $1.4 million — was raised in the final week before books closed for the quarter, Lau said.
The fundraising haul fell well short of those of several other candidates, including Sens. 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.) and 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.) and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas). Notably, Warren was the first among that group to announce her presidential intentions, giving her the most time to raise campaign cash.
The $6 million fundraising total means that Warren raised an average of roughly $67,000 per day, less than virtually every other high-profile candidate in the race.
But there are still bright spots for Warren.
She is among the only candidates in the race to swear off campaign cash from political action committees (PACs) entirely, and has also vowed to forego high-dollar fundraisers and contributions from federal lobbyists, allowing her to tout the first-quarter total as the result of unbridled grassroots enthusiasm.
“Grassroots donations are the only reason Elizabeth can keep setting the tone for this race with substance and determination for big structural change,” Lau wrote in his email. “With your support, from organizing events across the country to the debate stage starting in June, she’ll keep laying out plans to tackle the root causes of why it’s gotten harder and harder for working people to get ahead.”
She also outraised Sens. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-N.J.) and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon 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 Democrats demand Republican leaders examine election challenges after Georgia voting chaos Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk MORE (D-Minn.), who brought in $5 million and $5.2 million, respectively, in the first quarter of the year.
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Still, the number is short of where many Democrats initially thought Warren would be in the money race, underscoring the difficult race she faces, especially competing against more prolific small-dollar fundraisers like O’Rourke and Sanders.
Warren’s early fundraising total also fell short of that of 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, a relative unknown until recent weeks, who reported raising roughly $7 million in the first quarter.
Warren’s campaign was already seeking to manage expectations about her fundraising upon announcing the 2020 hopeful’s first quarter figures. In his email to supporters, Lau encouraged them to “look at the number of grassroots donors” over the total amount raised.
“I won’t sugarcoat it: We were outraised by some other candidates in the presidential primary this first quarter,” he wrote.
“You might have seen some of the big numbers in the headlines, from $7 million to $18 million. Here’s a tip: Take a look at the number of grassroots donors — and donations — that candidates report.”
Candidates have until April 15 to file their first-quarter fundraising reports with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
Updated 3:01 p.m.