Elizabeth Warren has raised more money than any other 100% grassroots-funded campaign

By | July 8, 2019

The New York Times reports:

Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts raised $19.1 million in the past three months, her campaign said on Monday, a total that places her firmly in the top echelon of the Democratic money race and ahead of her main rival for the party’s progressive wing, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

The fund-raising haul represents a turnaround for Ms. Warren after she raised just $6 million in her campaign’s first three months, before her strategy of eschewing high-dollar fund-raising and inundating voters with detailed policy proposals began to pay dividends.

Ms. Warren’s campaign team said her fortunes began to turn the last week of March, about a month after her decision to forgo closed-door fund-raising events during the primary campaign.

Ms. Warren’s total for the second quarter, which ran from April through June, is likely to place her third in fund-raising among Democrats over that period.

Two candidates have reported topping $20 million in the second quarter: Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., raised $24.8 million, and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. collected $21.5 million, their campaigns said last week.

Mr. Sanders — who has also avoided high-dollar fund-raisers — brought in $18 million in the quarter, and Senator Kamala Harris of California raised nearly $12 million, their campaigns said.

“We raised more money than any other 100% grassroots-funded campaign,” Roger Lau, the Warren campaign manager, wrote in an email to supporters Monday, taking an implicit shot at Mr. Buttigieg and Mr. Biden, who have raked in money on the traditional fund-raising circuit.

“You sent a message that Elizabeth’s vision for the future is worth fighting for,” Mr. Lau wrote. “And you showed the rich and powerful that change is coming — sooner than they think.” [Continue reading…]

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