THE MONEY PRIMARY: Fundraising can make or break a presidential campaign — here’s how every 2020 Democrat is doing after the election’s first major deadline

  • The first fundraising quarter of 2019 ended on March 31, and 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have reported their first major fundraising hauls.
  • The 18 Democrats running for president are fiercely competing for donations in order to rise to the front of the pack in one of the most crowded fields in recent history.
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders currently leads the Democratic pack with $18.2 million in reported donations, followed by Sen. Kamala Harris with $12 million, Rep. Beto O’Rourke with $9 million, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg with $7 million.
  • By comparison, President Donald Trump raised $30 million for his re-election campaign in 2019’s first quarter.

The first fundraising quarter of 2019 ended on March 31, and most 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have reported how much they’ve brought in.

There are currently 18 Democrats in the 2020 primary field so far with more expected to join the race – and they’ll be fiercely competing for donations in order to rise to the front of the pack in one of the most crowded fields in recent history.

Almost all of the Democratic contenders have pledged to run grassroots campaigns, with many rejecting donations from corporate PACs, federal lobbyists, and fossil fuel companies. Sen. Elizabeth Warren even went as far as to completely swear off high-dollar private fundraisers altogether.

Read more: Bernie Sanders’ campaign trumpets massive $18.2 million fundraising haul from over half a million donors in just over a month

The Democratic National Committee raised the fundraising stakes even more by requiring 2020 Democrats to either reach 1% in three national polls or secure 65,000 individual donations from donors in at least 20 states to qualify for the Democratic primary debates in June.

Candidates who announced their campaigns close to or after the end of 2019’s first quarter, like Reps. Eric Swalwell and Tim Ryan and Mayor Wayne Messam, won’t be required to disclose fundraising figures until July 15, after the end of 2019’s second quarter.

Here are all the 2020 candidates who have announced their first-quarter fundraising and how much they’ve raised:


Former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland raised $404,806 in 2019’s first quarter, and loaned his campaign nearly $11.7 million.

Source: Federal Election Commission

Read more about John Delaney’s campaign.


Former San Antonio Mayor and US Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro announced raising $1.1 million since announcing his candidacy on January 12.

Source: Texas Tribune

Read more about Julian Castro’s campaign.


Self-help author and spiritual guru Marianne Williamson, a close friend of Oprah Winfrey, brought in $1.5 million for her long-shot presidential bid since January.

Source: Federal Election Commission

Read more about Marianne Williamson’s campaign.


Entrepreneur and long-shot presidential candidate Andrew Yang reported raising $1.7 million from 80,000 donors who donated an average of just $17.92 in March and February alone, bringing his quarterly haul to $1.8 million.

Sources: The Daily Beast, Federal Election Commission

Read more about Andrew Yang’s campaign.


Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has raised $1.95 million since announcing her presidential bid in January.

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.
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Source: Federal Election Commission

Read more about Tulsi Gabbard’s campaign.


Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, who launched his presidential campaign on March 4, has raised $2 million.

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John Hickenlooper exits the stage after speaking at the NAN Conference on April 5, 2019 in New York City.
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Source: Federal Election Commission

Read more about John Hickenlooper’s campaign.


Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced raising $2.25 million in the first month of his campaign, which launched on March 1, with 95% of donations under $100.

Source: Federal Election Commission

Read more about Jay Inslee’s campaign.


Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York announced has raised $2.97 million since announcing her exploratory committee on January 15. She has a total of $10 million cash on hand from funds left over from her 2018 Senate re-election campaign.

Source: Politico

Read more about Kirsten Gillibrand’s campaign.


Sen. Cory Booker’s campaign announced he had raised more than $5 million since launching his campaign on February 1, with donors giving an average of $34. He has an additional $1.1 of million of cash on hand from his Senate campaign account.

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Cory Booker, New Jersey senator and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.
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Source: Reuters

Read more about Cory Booker’s campaign.


Sen. Amy Klobuchar has raised $5.2 million since announcing her campaign on February 10. That sum combined with money she raised for her Senate re-election campaign last fall brings her total cash on hand to $7 million.

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Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar.
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Source: CNN

Read more about Amy Klobuchar’s campaign.


Sen. Elizabeth Warren raised $6 million from 135,000 donors who gave an average of $28 in 2019’s first quarter. She has a total of $11.2 million cash on hand due to left-over funds from her 2018 Senate re-election campaign.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks at the NAN Conference on April 5, 2019 in New York City.
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Source: New York Times

Read more about Elizabeth Warren’s campaign.


Pete Buttigieg, the 37 year-old former mayor of South, Bend Indiana, raised $7 million in 2019’s first quarter, and raked in an additional $1 million on April 14, the day he formally announced his campaign.

Source: Federal Election Commission

Read more about Pete Buttigieg’s campaign


Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke announced raising $9.4 million in the first 18 days of his candidacy, an average of $522,000 per day. His campaign said the average donation size was $43, and 98% of contributions were under $200.

Source: Business Insider

Read more about Beto O’Rourke’s campaign.


Sen. Kamala Harris’ raised a total of $12 million from 218,000 donors who gave an average of $55 since announcing her candidacy in January, her campaign said.

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US Senator Kamala Harris speaks onstage at The Human Rights Campaign 2019 Los Angeles Gala Dinner.
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Source: Business Insider

Read more about Kamala Harris’ campaign.


Sen. Bernie Sanders announced bringing in $18.2 million from 525,000 contributors — 99.5% of whom gave $100 or less — in the first six weeks of his campaign.

Source: Business Insider

Read more about Bernie Sanders’ campaign.


In comparison to the Democrats’ hauls, President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign announced a haul of $30 million in 2019’s first quarter.

Source: Business Insider