Beto O’Rourke reports raising $9.4 million for his presidential bid

Minnie Murray
April 5, 2019

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, speaks at a campaign rally in Grand Park, in Los Angeles, on March 23.

While candidates are not required by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to report their fundraising numbers for the first quarter of 2019 until April 15, top contenders are often eager to release the initial numbers and the number of individuals that donated their campaigns to demonstrate the viability and grassroots strength of their campaigns.

In March of 2016, Sanders notably participated in FNC's only Democratic town hall during the 2016 presidential election cycle alongside former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Her response was to pivot and complain that Democrats are just mad that President Donald Trump beat them - even though this report doesn't have anything to do with Democrats. But Sanders has something Biden doesn't have (yet): a campaign operation raking in cash.

Besides Mr Sanders, Senator Kamala Harris of California put up an impressive 12 million dollar haul.

O'Rourke aides noted that on average over the entire span of their official campaigns, the Texan still outpaced the others on daily donations: $522,000 on average, compared to $444,000 for Sanders, $171,000 for Harris and $103,000 for Buttigieg. According to Nielsen Media Research, that town hall averaged 2.6 million viewers and almost 500,000 in the 25-54 demographic, beating CNN and MSNBC combined in overall viewers in the 6PM/ET timeslot. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) declared his candidacy for President, he's received around 900,000 donations from all 50 states, averaging around $20 per donation.

The 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, raised seven million United States dollars, calling it "a great look for our first quarter".

It's an important booking for Fox, after the Democratic National Committee announced last month that it would not hold any of its presidential debates on the network. Plus, he did it with more small donors than any other candidate so far, leading the pack among the sought-after demographic. Still, her campaign reported receiving 98 percent of contributions in amounts smaller than $100.

O'Rourke's campaign said it took in 218,000 contributions during that time, with an average donation of $43, and with a majority of donors being people who didn't give to his 2018 Senate campaign, per The New York Times. Yet when her campaign aides released fundraising totals for the first quarter, it wasn't the big checks they touted.

But Shakir said the near-miss was an example of the campaign's bold ambitions.

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