Following the start of his presidential campaign, Beto O’Rourke’s astronomical first-day fundraising fell back to solid but terrestrial levels. The Texas Democrat said on Wednesday that he raised $9.4 million in the first fundraising quarter of the year.
The total includes the record-breaking $6.1 million O’Rourke raised in the first 24 hours of his campaign as well as the more than $1 million he posted this past weekend when O’Rourke hosted a series of widely publicized kickoff rallies across Texas.
Given that he was a candidate for only 18 days, or a very small portion of the fundraising cycle, O’Rourke’s haul for the first three months of 2019 is still quite impressive.
However, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont raised more than $18 million, and Sen. Kamala Harris of California reported on Monday that she had raised $12 million.
The mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, claimed to have earned almost $7 million.
The O’Rourke campaign reported receiving 218,000 contributions, with the average donation amounting to $43 and 98% of the contributions being less than $200. Additionally, the campaign claimed that most of its contributors had not supported the former Texas congressman during a Texas Senate campaign in which he raised more than $70.00 million. According to the campaign, teachers contributed the most overall.
O’Rourke’s team chose not to disclose the total number of donations, which would include those who gave more than once. It also didn’t say how much money he has on hand.
O’Rourke made the following statement in a prepared statement: “In just 18 days, people in every state and from every walk of life have organized in homes, donated a little money online, and united together to show that the power of people is far greater than the PACs, corporations, and special interests that have captured, corrupted and corroded our democracy for far too long.” This not only demonstrates the power of the grassroots during the first two weeks of our campaign, but it also demonstrates what is achievable when You have complete faith in the people of this nation.
Before his Wednesday evening trip to Iowa, the first-in-the-nation caucus state, O’Rourke made public his fundraising figures. Throughout the weekend, O’Rourke intends to attend about two dozen events around the state.
Since entering the contest, O’Rourke has been actively raising money by encouraging supporters to tap into their networks and by directly addressing online donations. The campaign sent many updates to supporters over the weekend and established a $1 million fundraising target for the last few days before the campaign finance reporting deadline.
O’Rourke portrayed himself in his fundraising pitches as being in the back of the pack because he started the race later than most of his rivals.
In one fundraising effort, the campaign claimed that “Beto is playing catch up to other candidates with larger campaign funding.” “Some of our rivals had millions of dollars from prior campaigns when they first began. In addition, Beto has had much less time to raise money since we just got started. Nevertheless, we will be contrasted with other presidential contenders in these publications.
O’Rourke cited his $520,000 average daily contribution as proof of his strength in the field on Wednesday. O’Rourke “continues to be the highest per-day raising contender in the Democratic primary,” according to the campaign.
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