Kamala Harris Raised $12M, Bernie Sanders $18.2M in Q1, Per Campaigns | NTK Network Kamala Harris Raised $12M, Bernie Sanders $18.2M in Q1, Per Campaigns

Kamala Harris Raised $12M, Bernie Sanders $18.2M in Q1, Per Campaigns

The California and Vermont senators have raised more than any other candidate who has thus far divulged fundraising totals. What’s still not known is how much these campaigns spent.

By NTK Staff | 04.02.2019 @11:30am
Kamala Harris Raised $12M, Bernie Sanders $18.2M in Q1, Per Campaigns

Two major Democratic presidential candidates announced their first quarter fundraising hauls this week, setting the bar for their competitors in the process.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who announced her candidacy at the end of January, said her campaign raised $12 million from more than 218,000 contributions.

In a news release, Harris said she had received 218,000 individual contributions during the first quarter and 98% percent of those contributions came in amounts smaller than $100. Small-dollar donors could prove crucial in a crowded Democratic primary because they can be tapped repeatedly for contributions before hitting the $2,800 limit on what an individual can donate to a candidate for the primary election.

Harris’ aides say that more than 99% of her current donors can contribute again without hitting the limit.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), meanwhile, said his campaign raised a whopping $18.2 million in Q1 of 2019. Sanders officially launched his bid in mid-February, giving him about a month and a half to raise these funds. His campaign had previously disclosed that the campaign raised $5.9 million on his first day in the race and more than $10 million within the first week.

Sanders’ first-day haul was only eclipsed by one candidate, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), who raised $6.1 million in his first 24 hours. O’Rourke’s campaign has not disclosed his Q1 total yet.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s (D-IN) campaign said it raised $7 million in the first quarter of the year. While he trails Harris and Sanders, Buttigieg’s total is viewed as a strong showing for a little-known Democratic candidate.

Meanwhile, news broke Monday Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) finance director quit the campaign after a “heated” argument over fundraising strategy. While that argument took place in February, it’s not clear when the finance director quit, but the timing of the news breaking is raising questions about whether Warren’s fundraising total will be on part with her fellow candidates.

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