See also: Candidates Make the Last Ditch Q1 Pitch

1st Quarter 2019 Fundraising Results

Presidential Campaigns: Receipts and Expenditures
Jan. 1, 2017 - Mar. 31, 2019
  (Source: Federal Election Commission)

Statement of Candidacy
Individual Contributions
Cash On Hand / Debts & Oblig.

Feb. 1, 2019
Feb. 22, 2019


Dec. 19, 2018
Aug. 10, 2017


Jan. 11, 2019
$4,495,769.56 $1,706,543.60
Jan. 15, 2019

Jan. 21, 2019

Mar. 4, 2019

Mar. 1, 2019

Feb. 11, 2019

Mar. 15, 2019

Mar. 14, 2019

Feb. 19, 2019


Feb. 9, 2019
Feb. 4, 2019


Nov. 6, 2017

former cand.
Dem. Total


Jan. 20, 2017
$97,852,465.19 $64,701,975.35
- Except for money raised in 2017-18 by early entrants Delaney and Yang, all this money was raised and spent in the first quarter of 2019.
- Ryan and Swalwell entered in April and are not included.  The Republican Weld's reports start from April as well.
- Yang's contributions include $48,000.00 from the candidate.

The Democrats
Because the candidates entered the race at different points, one cannot make strict comparisions, but here are the highlights:

Total Receipts: 16 candidates and one former candidate reported total receipts of $127 million, including $77.7 million in individual contributions, $32.5 million in transfers and $16.3 million in loans.  The top five were Sanders ($20.7M), Delaney ($18.3M), Warren ($16.5M), Harris (13.2M) and Gillibrand ($12.6M).

Individual Contributions:
16 candidates and one former candidate reported raising $77.7 million in individual contributions.  The top five were: Sanders ($18.1M), Harris ($12.0M), O'Rourke ($9.4M), Buttigieg ($7.1M) and Warren ($6.0M).

Transfers: Seven candidates and one former candidate transfered a total of $32.5 million from federal campaign committees.  Tops were Warren ($10.4M) and Gillibrand ($9.6M).

Disbursements: 16 candidates and one former candidate reported spending $37.2 million.  The top five were: Delaney ($7.7M), Warren ($5.3M), Sanders ($5.0M), Harris ($4.3M) and O'Rourke ($2.5M).

Cash on Hand: 16 candidates and one former candidate reported total cash on hand at the end of the first quarter of $89.8 million.  Campaigns with the most cash on hand were: Sanders ($15.7M), Warren ($11.2M), Delaney ($10.6M), Gillibrand ($10.2M) and Harris ($9.0M).

In the press releases and emails below, the campaigns sought to put the best possible spin on their first quarter 2019 numbers.

Booker  |  Buttigieg  |  Castro  |  Gillibrand  |  Harris  |  Hickenlooper  |  Inslee  |  Klobuchar  |  O'Rourke  |  Warren  |  Sanders  |  Yang  |  Trump

Cory 2020
April 7, 2019 email — the campaign did not issue a press release but put out Q1 numbers in an email to supporters:

We're hitting our goals, thanks to you

Joe, I want to take a few minutes between events in New Hampshire to pass along some great news about our campaign.

I couldn’t be prouder of what this team has built together in the two short months since announcing our campaign for president on February 1st, and it’s all thanks to your support.

We just finished crunching the numbers, and I’m excited to share with you first that we raised over $5 million dollars in February and March -- not just meeting, but exceeding our fundraising goal for the first quarter of this campaign.

When our first FEC report is filed later this month, we’ll also report having more than $6.1 million cash on hand, putting us in a strong position to keep building. That number doesn’t include what we can transfer from our Senate account, too.

But what matters most of all is how we got here. We didn’t take a dime from corporate PACs or federal lobbyists. We’re building this campaign one dollar at a time from people like you. What that looks like in practice is an average online donation of just $34.

And here’s something I’m completely blown away by: 82% of the people who’ve chipped in had never donated to one of my campaigns before.This movement is strong, and getting stronger with new folks involved every day.

What we’re doing with these resources matters -- we’ve invested heavily in building our organizing team, especially in early states. In a crowded field like this, a strong ground game matters so much.

When we launched this campaign, we knew we had to work to do. I haven’t run for office since 2014, while others have spent the last six years, and millions of dollars, building a network of supporters. That’s why your help these past two months has been so crucial, and it’s why I’m so grateful to you. You’re the reason we’re in this fight, and your support has allowed us to show the country that we’ll be in this for the long haul.

There’s no question we’re an underdog in this race -- but I wouldn’t bet against this team.

We need to keep up the momentum. Will you make a donation today to help grow our movement?


Pete for America Exploratory Committee
April 1, 2019

Additional analysis: Pete explains our fundraising report in this three-minute video

Hi there,

As promised, we took a closer look at our Q1 fundraising metrics, including number of donors (158,550), average donation ($36.35), and the percent of our total amount raised that came in through contributions under $200 (64%).

Pete explains the significance of these numbers in this three-minute video. Take a watch:

Hi everybody it's Pete. Earlier we promised that we'd share a little more information about the great fundraising news that we released after the end of quarter yesterday, so I just want to walk you through the early analysis. The team's still crunching some of the numbers but we know some things now that I want to make sure that I share with you.

First of all, and hopefully you've already heard this, but our total amount raise was over $7 million dollars. This is a big deal, I got to tell you., this is way ahead of what our original, initial goals were, and it's defiinitely ahead of what people thought we would be able to do, especially when you consider that about two months ago, when we launched this exploratory committee, most people had never heard of me.

Now I want to walk you through a little bit about the grassroots nature of this fundraising. because it's the thing I'm proudest of as we're getting some of these early numbers back.

First of all, the number of donors: This is really important for people to get a sense of whether it's just a handful of  people all individually giving the maximum they can by law, or whether you have people giving at every level. Our total number of donors is 158,550. We have been able to really build our base and get this phenomenal number of donors to be part of this effort.

And the average contribution came in at $36.35. Again a really great indication of the grassroots character of this campaign, to have the average contribution be under $40, shows you that it's really people giving at every level, people from all walks of life who have given us the means to now do what we need to do.

Another number, and this will take just a second to explain, but it's important because people follow this to get a sense of how strong your grassroots support realy is, we're tracking the percent out of that total amount that we raised that is coming in contributions that are under $200. So out of that $7 million, 64% of it came from contributors giving contributions at $200 or less, and again this is a way to demonstrate that we really are building our movement through contributions at every level and is one of the most powerful ways we could show our grassroots support.

Now I should also share a little bit about how we're using it. The funding that we have for this campiaign is enabling us to make sure we have the office space we need, actually today is our first day in our new expanded South Bend headquarters, it's also making it possible for me to travel around the country and we're quickly adding staff in every area with a particular focus on organizing and making sure we get out the word and the message to as many people as possible.

Again, I cannot thank you enought for helpign us get to this point. We think this is a great look for our first quarter results. Of course that second quarter is now under way, and we're gonna need all the help we can get there too, but right now, I just want to thank you for making it possible for us to hit these numbers, to turn some heads, and most importantlyto fund this organization so that we can ciontinue reaching out and spreading the word. And I can't wait for us to continue to surprise people as we grow htis effort in the future with your help.

Pete for America
April 15, 2019

Pete Buttigieg Campaign Raises More Than $7 Million in First Quarter

Campaign Ends Q1 With $6.4 Million Cash On Hand

Powered by grassroots contributions from all 50 states, Pete for America raised more than $7 million in the first quarter of 2019, and has $6.4 million cash on hand heading into the second quarter.

The campaign had 158,554 total donors in Q1, for an average contribution of $36.41.

To view the report, please go here.


Pete for America Exploratory Committee
April 1, 2019

What People Are Saying About Mayor Pete’s $7 Million Quarter

"Whopper"...Upper echelon of presidential hopefuls”… “Impressive”… “A legitimate contender”… “Moving to the front tier”… “Must be taken seriously”

MSNBC Morning Joe: Pete Buttigieg ‘on fire’ as he raises $7M in first quarter

AP: Democrat Mayor Pete celebrates raising $7 million this year

New York Times: Pete Buttigieg Says He Raised $7 Million in First Quarter for 2020 Bid

Washington Post: Buttigieg says he raised $7 million during the first quarter for his White House bid

CNN: Pete Buttigieg says his team raised more than $7 million in first quarter

CNN New Day: America’s Choice 2020 on Pete Buttigieg’s $7 million first quarter

Politico: Buttigieg raised over $7 million for 2020 campaign

Bloomberg: Pete Buttigieg Tops $7 Million in 1Q for Rising 2020 Democratic Bid

CNBC: Democratic presidential longshot Pete Buttigieg announces $7 million fundraising haul in first quarter

The Guardian: Pete Buttigieg: potential 2020 candidate announces $7m haul in first quarter

Axios: 2020 presidential election: Pete Buttigieg has raised $7 million

Daily Beast: Pete Buttigieg Campaign Raises $7 Million Since Launch

Fox News:  Buttigieg touts $7M fundraising haul, says he 'cannot be ignored'

Mediaite: Pete Buttigieg Campaign Raises $7 Million Since Launching in January

The Hill: Buttigieg says he raised $7M in first quarter



This is just a preliminary analysis, but our team’s initial report shows we
raised over $7 million dollars in Q1 of this year. We (you) are out-performing
expectations at every turn. I'll have a more complete analysis later, but until
then: a big thank you to all our supporters.

Julián for the Future
April 15, 2019

Julián Castro Campaign Raises $2 Million

First quarter fundraising totaled $1.1 million; April fundraising seeing explosive growth due to digital investments and high-profile media appearances

SAN ANTONIO, TX (April 15, 2019) – Today, Monday, April 15, the presidential campaign of former Obama Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, Julián Castro, announced that the campaign raised roughly $2 million from 50,000 unique donors since the formation of an exploratory committee in December 2018, averaging $32 per contribution. The campaign has raised more than $572,000 since the beginning of April, half of the total first quarter fundraising of $1.1 million. Since mid-March, the campaign has invested heavily in digital fundraising and brought on key staff.  In April, the campaign released a bold immigration policy, and participated in several high-profile media interviews and a nationally-televised town hall. In Emerson Polling’s April national poll, released today, Secretary Castro is polling at 3 percent support, up from 1 percent in its March national poll.
“We’re just getting started and are rapidly building momentum,” said campaign manager Maya Rupert. “We met our internal goals for the first quarter, and in the first two weeks of April have smashed our fundraising goal for the month. In the process, the campaign released a policy proposal for immigration that fearlessly presents a progressive vision for immigration reform. We’re building a sustainable, impactful campaign for the long term that respects its staff, volunteers and supporters.”
In April, Secretary Castro has appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show and Real Time with Bill Maher, and held a CNN Town Hall. On April 2, Secretary Castro became the first 2020 Democratic candidate to release a detailed immigration proposal, unflinchingly focusing on President Trump’s signature campaign issue. Unveiled in a Medium post and in The Washington Post, Secretary Castro’s bold and extensive ‘People First Immigration’ plan, would reform our immigration system, create a more just and compassionate border policy, and establish a 21st century Marshall Plan for Central America to re-engage our Latin American partners and address the root causes of migration.
The campaign announced the following details of its first quarter financial report for the period of January 1, 2019 - March 31, 2019:
  • $1.1 million raised
  • $625,000 in disbursements
  • $677,000 cash on hand as of March 31, 2019
  • 20,319 unique donors as of March 31, 2019
New staff hires as of March, 2019:
  • Julia Ager — Senior Advisor for Digital; Julia is the founder and CEO of Sapphire Strategies and is the former Chief Digital Officer for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
  • Mili Gosar — Director of Voting and Delegate Strategy; Mili was the National Voter Protection Director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee for the 2018 election cycle.
  • Lillie Catlin — National Organizing Director; Lillie is currently the Deputy Organizing Director at the ACLU.
  • Christina Cue — South Carolina State Director
  • Kristian Carranza — Nevada Organizing Director
About Secretary Julián Castro
Julián Castro served as U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama from 2014-2017. Before that, he was Mayor of his native San Antonio, Texas — the youngest mayor of a Top 50 American city at the time. In 2012, he gave a rousing keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention, during which he described the American Dream as a relay to be passed from generation to generation. In 2018, Castro founded Opportunity First, an organization to invest in the next generation of progressive leaders. In October 2018, Little, Brown published Castro’s memoir, An Unlikely Journey: Waking Up from My American Dream. On January 12, 2019, Secretary Castro announced his candidacy for President of the United States. Follow Julián Castro on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. and

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Friends of John Delaney

Thursday, March 14, 2019
CONTACT: Ahmed Elsayed

Delaney to Donate $2 to Charities and Non-Profits for Each New Donor

Delaney Debate Challenge Launched Thursday

FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS, MD – John Delaney will personally donate $2 dollars to non-profits and charities for each new donor that contributes to his campaign as part of the Delaney Debate Challenge, a new online program launched today. Through pages linked on Delaney’s website and social media channels, new donors will be able to select one of eleven charities that John will donate to in the person’s name.
This initiative is in response to the DNC’s requirement that candidates have at least 65,000 donors. The Delaney Debate Challenge will apply to the next 100,000 new donors.    
“This campaign isn’t about me, it’s about bringing people together and serving the common good. The Delaney Debate Challenge is a way for us to highlight the incredible work done by charities and non-profits around the country as part of our larger effort to reach the 65,000 donor threshold being used for the debates,” saidDelaney.
Here’s how it works:
Example 1: Susan in Montana is a new Delaney donor. She donates $1 to Delaney and decides to have her donation paired with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). She donates $1 to help John get on the debate stage, Delaney donates $2 to the EDF. 
Example 2: Eric in Delaware is a new Delaney donor. He donates $5 to Delaney and decides to have his donation paired with Human Rights Campaign. He donates $5 to help John get on the debate stage, Delaney donates $2 to Human Rights Campaign.
Organizations that Delaney will donate to:
  1. American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  2. CARA/Dilley Pro Bono Project
  3. Environmental Defense Fund
  4. Everytown for Gun Safety
  5. Feeding America
  6. The Fisher House Foundation
  7. Human Rights Campaign
  8. NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
  9. Planned Parenthood
  10. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  11. Wounded Warrior Project

Gillibrand 2020
April 14, 2019 tweets from communications director Meredith Kelly

NEWS: In Q1, Kirsten Gillibrand raised $3M & ends quarter with $10.2M Cash on Hand.

This ranks her TOP FOUR for money in the bank at this early stage of the campaign.

And the campaign's growth since officially launching on March 17th is very exciting.

Of the millions Kirsten raised in Q1:

- 92% of contributions under $200

- 83% under $50

- Average online donation only $25

- Nearly 2/3 of donors were women

- Majority of donors had never given to Kirsten before

- Educators represented the single largest set of supporters

On GROWTH since official 3/17 launch:

- Within 2 weeks, Kirsten’s total donors doubled

- MSNBC town hall had 1.2 million viewers (ranked top 3)

- Of donations w/in 48 hrs of CNN town hall, 63% new donors, with $20 avg gift

- Of April donations, 40% came 48 hrs after town hall

Kamala Harris for the People
April 1, 2019

Kamala Harris Raises $12 Million from 218,000 Individual Contributions

98 Percent of Contributions Were Less Than $100 And 99 Percent of Donors Can Contribute Again

Digital Raised More Than $6 Million, Average Online Contribution of $28

More Than 11,000 Contributions from Educators

Senator Kamala Harris’s presidential campaign has raised $12 million from more than 218,000 individual contributions in the first quarter of 2019. 98 percent of Harris’s contributions were under $100, and 99.45 percent of her donors can contribute again. Harris raised more than $6 million through her digital program, including more than $1.1 million in the final week of March alone. The average online contribution was $28. Harris launched her campaign on January 21 with a promise to reject money from corporate PACs and federal lobbyists. She is only soliciting funds for the primary election.

Harris also received more than 11,000 individual contributions from educators, highlighting the depth of support her campaign is earning among teachers. She recently unveiled a plan to give every teacher in America a raise and to end the 11 percent pay gap between teachers and comparable professionals nationwide. This would be the largest federal investment in teacher pay in history, and on average, teachers would receive a $13,500 pay increase by the end of her first term.

“A nationwide network of hundreds of thousands of grassroots supporters has stepped up to lay the foundation for a winning campaign,” said Harris campaign manager Juan Rodriguez. “This is a campaign powered by the people, focused on making health care a right, putting $500 a month in the pockets of working Americans, and giving every public school teacher in America a raise. We’re excited by the support we’re already seeing.”

In the 70 days since launching in January, Harris has campaigned in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina, California, Texas, Georgia, and Louisiana. 22,000 people helped her launch her campaign at a rally in Oakland, and across the other states, more than 15,000 people have attended her events. She has taken more than 100 questions from voters at town hall meetings in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. She has done more than two dozen interviews, including the highest-rated CNN town hall of any candidate so far, and taken questions from reporters at seven media gaggles on the campaign trail.


Hickenlooper 2020
April 15, 2019


DENVER, CO - Today, Hickenlooper 2020 filed its first-quarter filing report with the FEC. The campaign reported raising over $2 million in its first four weeks, with donations coming from all 50 states.

“As this report reflects, the Governor has a decisive base of support in Colorado and his record of results is resonating with supporters across the country. This strong early fundraising will allow us to make sure more Americans know about the Governor’s pragmatic progressive vision,” said Hickenlooper 2020 Campaign Manager, Brad Komar.

Over 97% raised can be used in the Governor’s primary campaign. The campaign is not actively soliciting general election contributions. Ninety-three percent of the donors who gave to Hickenlooper 2020 can give again. Eighty-five percent of donations were under $200. Approximately half of the donations came from outside of Colorado. Cash on hand is over $1.33 million.

Inslee for America
April 15, 2019

Inslee Raises $2.25M in First Month

Q1 Filing Today Shows $2M Raised; Meets 200 Donors in 20 States Debate Requirement

Seattle – Today, Inslee for America announced it has raised over $2.25 million since Governor Jay Inslee joined the race on March 1.

With $2.25 million raised in just a month, Inslee’s daily fundraising average outpaced better-known candidates such as Sen.  Kirsten Gillibrand ($3 million in 2.5 months), Elizabeth Warren ($6 million in 3 months), and former Housing Secretary Julian Castro ($1.1 million in 3 months).

Gov. Inslee’s campaign was propelled by grassroots donors who want to see climate change as the top priority for the next president. Of all campaign contributions, 75% of contributions are $25 or below and 95% of donations are $100 or under.

This first-month fundraising shows strong grassroots momentum for Gov. Inslee’s message of defeating climate change,” said Aisling Kerins, Inslee’s campaign manager. “Jay Inslee is the only 2020 candidate who will make climate change the top priority. That clear message allowed Gov. Inslee’s upstart campaign to raise money at a faster clip than many better-known candidates. We will continue to build momentum, as voters look for a candidate who will prioritize climate change and who has the executive experience to defeat Trump and advance a progressive agenda in the White House.

Inslee’s campaign has met the 200 donors in 20 different states requirement for DNC debates.

The $2.25 million includes approximately $2 million in primary election funding and $285,000 in general election funding.

Inslee, who is the only presidential candidate who has made defeating climate change the cornerstone of his campaign, has been making stops to speak with voters across the country as part of his “Climate Mission Tour.” Since launching his campaign on March 1st, he has visited Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina, Texas, California, New York, and Oregon.


Amy for America
April 8, 2019

Klobuchar Raises Over $5.2 Million in Just Seven Weeks

Ends quarter with $7 million cash on hand

Minneapolis, MN — Today, the Amy for America presidential campaign announced it raised over $5.2 million in just seven weeks. Klobuchar’s contributions, combined with the over $3 million she raised last year, bring her end of the quarter total to over $8 million with $7 million cash on hand.

The Amy for America campaign has been focused on connecting with voters and grassroots donors across the country, engaging nearly 100,000 new supporters online in the first seven weeks of the campaign. Klobuchar’s average online grassroots contribution was $40 and 85 percent of all donors gave less than $100.

On the day she announced her candidacy for president, Klobuchar said her campaign would be a “homegrown one.” In the last seven weeks, Klobuchar has reinforced that point -- she’s met with thousands of voters across ten states, participated in town halls, answered hundreds of questions about the issues facing our country and shared her plans to create an optimistic economic agenda that will move America forward.

Beto for America

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Beto O'Rourke Raises $9.4 Million in Only 18 Days as Grassroots Support Continues to Fuel His Campaign 

O'Rourke remains the highest per-day raising candidate and with a cross-country groundswell of small-dollar support, 98% of contributions were below $200, 99% of fundraising came online and a majority of donors over the campaign's 18 days did not give to Beto during his record-breaking Senate campaign

EL PASO, TEXAS -- Beto O'Rourke raised $9.4 million from 218,000 contributions made during the first 18 days of his grassroots campaign for president. Raising an average of $520,000 per day without taking a dime from PACs, special interests, lobbyists and corporations, O'Rourke continues to be the highest per-day raising candidate in the Democratic primary. 

"In just 18 days, people in every state and from every walk of life have organized in homes, contributed a few bucks online and united together to show that the power of people is far greater than the PACs, corporations and special interest that have captured, corrupted and corroded our democracy for far too long," said O'Rourke. "Not only is this a sign of our grassroots strength during the first two weeks of our campaign but it is a sign of what's possible when you put your full trust in the people of this country."

With a reliance on small-dollar donations and with teachers across the nation as the top contributor by occupation, 98% of the contributions made during the 18-day period were below $200. The average donation was $43. 

A full 99% of O'Rourke's fundraising came online as he traveled 2,366 miles to visit nine states and hold 59 events with those he wants to serve.

Signaling surging grassroots momentum and a continued groundswell of support in every state and territory, the majority of donors over the 18 days never gave to Beto's record-breaking U.S. Senate campaign. 

Today's news comes as O'Rourke returns to Iowa for his second trip to the state since announcing his candidacy for president on April 14. His four-day drive through the state will include nearly two dozen events. O'Rourke has now visited ten states and the District of Columbia as he attended events with voters in Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada, Texas, Washington, D.C. and New York.

O'Rourke officially kicked off his campaign on Saturday with rallies in his hometown of El Paso, Houston and Austin. More than 1,000 organizing parties across the country tuned in to watch. In his remarks, he shared his unifying vision for bridging divides and bringing together Americans from all walks of life to overcome the greatest set of challenges this country has ever faced.


For press inquiries,

Chris Evans

Bernie 2020
April 2, 2019
Arianna Jones
Sarah Ford

Bernie 2020 Ends Q1 with $28 Million on Hand

In just 41 days, Sanders raises $18 million from 900,000 small dollar contributions

WASHINGTON -- In a showing of unprecedented grassroots support, Bernie 2020 today announced a record quarterly fundraising haul of $18 million raised over just 41 days, leaving upwards of $28 million in available campaign funds. The campaign received 900,000 individual contributions from every state, territory and Congressional District of the country at an average donation of just $20. 

Compared to the 2016 campaign, the average contribution is even lower with a higher number of contributions, outpacing our own record of hitting 900,000 donations in just 41 days, versus 146 days in 2016. 

Other numbers to note:

  • A majority of donors are 39 years old or younger
  • Almost 100,000 registered Independents and 20,000 Republicans have contributed
  • 99.5 percent of donations are $100 or less
  • 88 percent of the money raised comes from people who have given $200 or less
  • 99.99 percent of donors can give again
  • 99.6 percent of the money raised came online
  • 0 fundraising events held


Warren for President
April 10, 2019 email — the campaign did not issue a press release but put out Q1 numbers in an email to supporters;

Thank you, Joe.

I’m really grateful that you’re a part of our grassroots movement. It means a lot to me, and it means a lot to Elizabeth.

So I wanted to give you an update on our fundraising numbers for the first quarter of this campaign. (Spoiler alert: We’re in good shape, and we’re excited to be able to keep up the fight!)

  • Our movement is made up of more than 135,000 grassroots donors who’ve made more than 213,000 grassroots donations

  • We raised more than $6 million with a $28 overall average donation

  • This includes more than $1.4 million raised during the final week of the quarter, crushing our goal of 35,000 new donations and landing at over 50,000 new donations

  • Adding this to what we already had in the bank, we’re entering the second quarter with $11 million cash on hand

Grassroots donations are the only reason Elizabeth can keep setting the tone for this race with substance and determination for big structural change. With your support, from organizing events across the country to the debate stage starting in June, she’ll keep laying out plans to tackle the root causes of why it’s gotten harder and harder for working people to get ahead.

But now that we hit our goal for the first quarter, we’ve got to keep up the pace in the second quarter — including this month.

Eric, I have to ask because it’s the only way we’ll meet our quarterly, monthly, and daily fundraising goals: Will you chip in for the first time to keep powering our grassroots movement? Hitting our goals isn’t inevitable. It only happens because people like you read emails like this one and decide to chip in.

I won’t sugarcoat it, Joe: We were outraised by some other candidates in the presidential primary this first quarter.

You might have seen some of the big numbers in the headlines, from $7 million to $18 million. Here’s a tip: Take a look at the number of grassroots donors — and donations — that candidates report. For instance:

  • One of the other candidates who had more or less the same number of donations raised 55% more money because of big-dollar contributions

  • Another candidate had just about the same number of people donate overall, but also raised twice as much money from big-dollar donors
Elizabeth decided not to do any closed-door events with wealthy donors, or call time where candidates typically call wealthy people and personally ask them to donate.

Ninety-nine percent of our donations were $200 or less. That isn’t a coincidence: that was by design.

Because Elizabeth’s been able to count on grassroots donations, she’s been able to spend her time visiting as many states as possible, meeting voters, and calling grassroots donors to personally thank them for giving.

Here’s some of what that looks like: Elizabeth’s held 48 events in 12 states plus Puerto Rico, taking over 200 questions from voters about what’s on their minds. More than 22,000 people have attended events, with Elizabeth taking about 13,000 selfies with people who stayed behind to chat more after they were over.

She’s also made herself open to the press, holding 38 media availabilities with reporters and sitting for over 90 interviews since December 31 to talk about why she’s in this fight.

We don’t have to match other candidates dollar for dollar, but we do need a strong enough grassroots base to be able to keep Elizabeth’s voice front and center in this race. We do need to keep fighting to prove that we can build a presidential primary campaign without catering to the rich and powerful.

Because we’ll keep this core principle: Every supporter has equal access and owns an equal piece of this campaign, no matter how much you donate. And every contribution makes a difference.

Elizabeth put it best: “In life, there are some people who have more money. There are some people who have less money. But everybody should have an equal share of our democracy.”

We can’t build this movement without you, Eric, and we wouldn’t want to. Contribute $3 or whatever you can for the first time, and know that you’ll always be an equal part of this campaign:

Thanks for everything, and I hope I’ll see you on the road. -roger

Roger Lau
Campaign Manager
Warren for President

Friends of Andrew Yang
For more information, contact: Madalin Sammons
April 2, 2019


NEW YORK, NEW YORK With the support of tens of thousands across the country, Andrew Yang is building a people-fueled political powerhouse to be reckoned with. 

The campaign reports a preliminary fundraising haul of $1.7 million from over 80,000 individual donors in February and March alone, with 99 percent of all donations coming in under $200, and an average donation of $17.92.

"An outsider candidate raising nearly $2 million in two months in entirely small contributions is unheard of. Andrew Yang has proven he can build an online fundraising army from scratch - the Yang Gang effect is real," said Campaign Manager Zach Graumann.

 will make the case for the Freedom Dividend on the first Democratic presidential debate in Miami in late June, becoming the first non-elected official to have made the stage in the last 40 years since Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. 

Key Preliminary Stats
  • $1.7m raised in February and March
  • 99% of donations under $200
  • Over 80,000 donors
  • Average donation of $17.92
  • Over $250,000 raised in the last 4 days of March alone

Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.
APRIL 15 2019

Trump Campaign and RNC announce massive Q1 2019 fundraising haul

With a combined $82 million cash on hand, the Campaign, RNC, and joint committees are stronger than ever, fueled by immense support from small donors

NEW YORK, NY – Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. and the Republican National Committee announced a massive fundraising haul for Q1 2019, and will report a combined $76.1 million haul to the U.S. Federal Election Commission.  Together, the Campaign, the RNC, and the joint fundraising committees have a striking $82 million cash on hand. 

Independently, the Trump Campaign now has approximately 21 times more cash on hand than the Obama Campaign had at this point in the re-election cycle.  The Campaign took in $30.3 million overall in the first quarter and now has $40.8 million cash on hand.

The FEC report once again highlights President Trump’s immense grassroots support among small donors.  98.79% of first quarter contributions to the Campaign and the joint committees came from “low-dollar” contributions, defined as $200 or less.  The average donation to the Trump Campaign was $34.26.

President Trump’s support among small donors is further reflected in the fact that the Campaign, the RNC, and the joint fundraising committees have already enlisted 100,000 new small donors in 2019 and have acquired more than one million new small donors since Inauguration Day. 

“Our prodigious fundraising is further proof of President Trump’s clear record of accomplishment on behalf of the American people,” said Brad Parscale, Campaign Manager, Donald J. Trump for President Inc. “The tremendous support he is receiving is a result of ‘promises made, promises kept’ and the enormous appeal of his determination to Make America Great Again. The President is in a vastly stronger position at this point than any previous incumbent president running for re-election, and only continues to build momentum.”

Additionally, the RNC posted a $45.8 million haul for Q1 2019 – their best Q1 for a non-election year and the second best overall.  $27 million of the RNC’s contributions in Q1 came from small donors, defined as contributing $200 or less.  

“The success of our fundraising is a testament to the continued enthusiasm and support for President Trump, his policies, and the litany of promises he has fulfilled for the American people,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel remarked. “The RNC is already investing these donations into our expansive, permanent, data-driven field program to put President Trump and Republicans in prime-position for another historic election night in 2020.”