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Gillibrand’s Campaign Raised Just $3M in Q1, Blames Franken

With less than a year to go before Democratic voters begin selecting a nominee, the New York senator’s presidential campaign already feels like it’s circling the drain.

By NTK Staff | 04.15.2019 @10:46am
Gillibrand’s Campaign Raised Just $3M in Q1, Blames Franken

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D-NY) 2020 presidential campaign reported raising just $3 million in the first quarter of 2019, according to a report published by Politico on Sunday. The New York Democrat has more than $10 million in the bank, the result of her moving over large sums of money from her Senate campaign coffers.

The $3-million figure puts Gillibrand near the bottom of the presidential candidates’ cash hauls, which is fitting, considering that’s similarly where she lands in most polls, frequently earning between zero and one percentage point nationally.

In an effort to rationalize Gillibrand’s poor fundraising numbers, her campaign manager explained in a memo that Democratic donors are still upset with her for her role in ousting former Sen. Al Franken over accusations of sexual assault and harassment.

In a memo shared with supporters, Gillibrand’s campaign argued that her lower haul is due, in part, to backlash from “establishment donors” who are punishing Gillibrand for calling on former Minnesota Sen. Al Franken to resign following several sexual harassment allegations in 2017.

“There’s no question that the first quarter was adversely impacted by certain establishment donors — and many online — who continue to punish Kirsten for standing up for her values and for women,” the memo reads. “Kirsten is committed to fighting for a Democratic Party that values women and does not sacrifice women for political convenience or power.”

What’s not immediately clear, however, is what Gillibrand’s strategy is to overcome this backlash. One of Gillibrand’s home state newspapers called on her to drop out of the presidential race already, and her CNN town hall last week was one of the least-watched events of the 2020 race thus far.

Her $3-million haul makes her the least successful senator running in 2020. Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) all raised significantly more than Gillibrand in the first quarter of the year.

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