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A Big Number for Elizabeth Warren

2020 presidential candidate exceeds expectations in quarterly donations
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 8, 2019 3:16 PM CDT
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during the National Education Association Strong Public Schools Presidential Forum Friday, July 5, 2019, in Houston.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

(Newser) – Elizabeth Warren raised $19.1 million in the second quarter, her campaign said Monday, cementing her status in the top tier of Democratic presidential contenders and as a leading voice of the party's liberal base. The Massachusetts senator's second-quarter contributions leave her behind only Pete Buttigieg, the South Bend, Ind., mayor who reported nearly $25 million in donations, and former Vice President Joe Biden, who tallied $21.5 million since his candidacy began in late April. Perhaps most notably, the AP reports, Warren's donations exceeded those reported by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, her closest rival, who is also vying for liberal voters and is the only other candidate who has joined her in swearing off high-dollar fundraisers. "You're making it possible to build a presidential campaign without catering to wealthy donors—with no closed-door fundraisers, no Super PACs, and no money from Washington lobbyists, corporate PACs, or, for that matter, PACs of any kind," wrote Roger Lau, Warren's campaign manager, in an email to donors, per Politico.

Warren's success underscores the threat she poses to both Sanders and California Sen. Kamala Harris, whose $12 million second-quarter fundraising got a major boost in the final days of last month from her performance in the first Democratic debate. While Sanders appeals to progressives seeking an ambitious Democratic agenda, Warren has staked a claim to his base with her now-trademark policy plans. "To sum it up: We raised more money than any other 100% grassroots-funded campaign," said Lau. "That's big." Warren more than tripled the $6 million she raised in the first three months of 2019, when she silenced some skeptics of her long-term fundraising viability following her decision to rely on grassroots rather than high-dollar donations. The campaign's $19.1 million came from more than 384,000 contributors giving more than 683,000 donations. That's less than the nearly 1 million individual donations Sanders' campaign reported, but comparable with the 725,000 online donations that President Donald Trump's re-election campaign reported during the second quarter. (More on what this means here.)

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