Sen. Elizabeth Warren brought in $19.1 million in campaign contributions in 2019’s second fundraising quarter between April 1 and June 30, outraising two of her top rivals, Sens. Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris, as she experienced a surge of new support in the polls.
Warren’s campaign said the $19.1 million haul came from 384,000 total donors — 80% of whom gave to Warren for the first time — with an average contribution size of $28, improving on her Q1 fundraising performance by a margin of $13 million.
Notably, Warren and Sanders are the only candidates in the 2020 field who are not holding any private, closed-door fundraisers and completely relying on grassroots fundraising instead, a strategy which relies on sustained support from a large and reliable base of donors.
The Warren campaign’s second quarter haul is the third-largest out of the 2020 field so far, with Warren only outraised by Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who brought in $24.8 million in Q2, and former Vice President Joe Biden, who raised $21 million since his entrance into the race on April 25.
Warren edged out her main progressive rival in Sanders by just over $1 million dollars, and outraised Harris by $7 million.
Biden, Harris, and Buttigieg spent much of the past fiscal quarter courting big-dollar Wall Street donors, according to a recent report in The New York Times, with Biden holding several high-profile fundraisers in New York City.
“We raised more money than any other 100% grassroots-funded campaign. That’s big,” campaign manager Roger Lau said in a Monday email to supporters. “You sent a message that Elizabeth’s vision for the future is worth fighting for. And you showed the rich and powerful that change is coming — sooner than they think.”
Warren’s advisers were initially concerned that swearing off private fundraisers would doom her campaign in such a crowded field, according to The Times.
But the Massachusetts senator has broken through the pack in the past few months by establishing herself as the candidate with a plan for nearly every possible policy issue, making “I’ve got a plan for that” her unofficial slogan, and coming out ahead of the rest of the field on dicey issues, being the first to publicly state that Congress should begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.
And Warren’s presence as another major progressive voice for economic populism has diminished Sanders’ unique appeal. As her momentum grew, she eclipsed Sanders for the second-place spot behind Biden in a national YouGov/Economist poll, a Monmouth University poll of Nevada, and a UC Berkeley/Los Angeles Times poll of California.