Beto O'Rourke rakes in $9.4 million over 18 days

Beto O'Rourke rakes in $9.4 million over 18 days

Beto O'Rourke rakes in $9.4 million over 18 days

He finished the first quarter of 2019 with $28 million in the bank, according to Shakir.

Candidates are legally required to record all campaign donations, and first quarter sums must be disclosed by April 15.

The 2008 presidential showdown is the most recent race where a large field of candidates declared early and reported fundraising in the first quarter.

Obama's massive $25.7 million haul was a reported as a massive victory for the IL senator and a major blow to Clinton, who had hoped to crush her competition in total fundraising. In fact, it may be growing. CBS's Grace Segers reports nearly 100,000 registered Independents and 20,000 Republicans have contributed to Bernie Sanders. The $7 million number is a big one for any presidential candidate to raise in one quarter, especially for a previously unknown mayor of a relatively small city who is still operating in the exploratory committee phase. Fox News noted in its release that the town hall averaged 2.6 million viewers in the 6 P.M. ET time slot, beating MSNBC and CNN combined. In 2007, when then-Senator Barack Obama and Clinton were beginning their long battle for the 2008 nomination, the favoured Clinton opened with an initial fundraising quarter of US$36m, while the underdog Obama pulled in US$26m.

Ms Harris is the only candidate of that group to release her fundraising totals.

But the biggest victor may be Pete Buttigieg, an unlikely headline-grabber even among a group of lesser-known candidates that includes governors and members of Congress.

That might be an understatement.

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.

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. Sanders' campaign says the senator got 88% of his money from donors who contributed $200 or less.

Setting aside the first-day burst of enthusiasm and donations, which each campaign went out of its way to drum up, Sanders' fundraising averaged $307,000 every other day of his campaign, compared to $194,000 for O'Rourke.

"No bundling, no sneaking off to posh fundraisers with fancy hors d'eouvres", said campaign manager Faiz Shakir.

With such a crowded field - more than 15 Democrats have announced they are running - fundraising abilities have become an early way to prove to donors and potential supporters that a candidate is viable.

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