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July 11, 2019, 2:04 p.m. EDT

Biden, Harris, Sanders and Warren reveal second-quarter fundraising figures that trail Buttigieg’s

Fundraising totals must be reported by July 15, but some top-tier Democratic presidential hopefuls are disclosing their numbers early

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By Victor Reklaitis, MarketWatch


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Pete Buttigieg had a podium next to former Vice President Joe Biden’s during the second night of the Democratic presidential debate in Miami.

The campaigns of Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have revealed that the four top-tier contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination trailed Pete Buttigieg in second-quarter fundraising.

The Warren campaign on Monday said the senator from Massachusetts brought in more than $19.1 million in the period, Harris on July 5 said she raised nearly $12 million, Biden on July 3 reported getting $21.5 million, and Sanders on July 2 disclosed a haul of $18 million. Buttigieg scored a so-far-field-leading $24.8 million in the quarter.

The 24 Democratic presidential hopefuls must disclose their quarterly fundraising totals by a July 15 deadline. With Warren’s report on Monday, all five top-tier candidates, according to the latest polls, have provided their figures.

See: These are the 25 Democrats who are running for president

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Warren’s team said in an email to supporters that she had “raised more money than any other 100% grassroots-funded campaign.” Warren — who pledged in February not to hold any events open only to big donors during her primary campaign — had an average contribution of $28 in the second quarter, as she got money from more than 384,000 people who made more than 683,000 donations.

Biden’s team emphasized in an email to supporters that the former vice president’s campaign “raised more per day than any other presidential campaign.” The Democratic front runner was relatively late in officially entering the 2020 race, announcing his run on April 25, or almost a third of the way into the second quarter. The average donation to Biden during the quarter was $49 as more than 256,000 donors were responsible for more than 436,000 contributions.

The Harris campaign said in a news release that she brought in almost $12 million from more than 279,000 people, with an average donation of $39. The campaign’s fundraising efforts included selling 1,400 “That Little Girl Was Me” T-shirts, an effort tied to the California senator’s attack on Biden during last month’s primary debates for his stance decades ago on busing. She drew praise for that move and gained in polls.

“These resources will help expand Kamala’s growing strength in this primary and put her in position to win the Democratic nomination,” said Harris’ campaign manager, Juan Rodriguez, in the release.

Read more: Harris hits Biden on busing and ends ‘food fight,’ sparking talk that she won debate

And see: Harris reverses her stance on busing, says it should not be mandated

Sanders’s campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, announced in a conference call with reporters that the Vermont senator’s team raised $18 million from ”grassroots contributions” in the quarter and also transferred $6 million to the campaign from prior accounts. The Sanders team said the average donation was $18 from nearly 1 million individual contributions, as it emphasized how it’s attracting money from the working class.

“There are other candidates out there who are intentionally making the decision to go into closed-door fundraisers and solicit money from high-end bundlers in the corporate executive suite,” Shakir said, when asked about how the Sanders campaign differs from Buttigieg’s 2020 effort and Biden’s push. “When you do that ... as president of the United States you’ve compromised yourself.”

Buttigieg’s team revealed its haul on July 1, saying it had an “amazing quarter.” It said the average donation was $47 as more than 294,000 people contributed in the quarter.

“This fundraising report shows that Pete’s message is resonating with Americans, and it’s proof that we are building an organization that can compete,” said the South Bend, Ind., mayor’s campaign manager, Mick Schmuhl, in an email to supporters that announced the total.

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