Warren pulls together largest campaign staff of 2020 rivals: report

Warren pulls together largest campaign staff of 2020 rivals: report
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Buttigieg says he doubts consulting work for insurer led to layoffs Trump supporters at Pa. rally 'upset' after Democrats introduce impeachment articles MORE's (D-Mass.) presidential campaign has reportedly outpaced her Democratic rivals and even President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' Lawmakers dismiss Chinese retaliatory threat to US tech MORE in terms of hiring staffers as she prepares a grass-roots bid for the 2020 nomination.

According to Reuters, Warren has almost twice as many paid campaign staff members as rival Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Buttigieg says he doubts consulting work for insurer led to layoffs Trump supporters at Pa. rally 'upset' after Democrats introduce impeachment articles MORE (I-Vt.), and spent more than $1 million on payroll-related expenses in the first quarter of 2019.

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Warren had 161 employees on staff before the Federal Election Commission filing deadline this week, according to documents reviewed by the news service, while Sanders had 86 paid employees, and spent about $417,000 during the quarter.

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisPoll: Buttigieg slips into fourth place as Biden widens lead Yang qualifies for December Democratic debate The media have fallen out of love with Bernie, but have voters? MORE (D-Calif.), by comparison, had 44 people on staff, but spent $477,000 on salaries last quarter.

Warren's campaign even outpaced the Trump campaign, which spend just over $400,000 on payroll for the first quarter of 2019, according to Reuters. Trump's campaign, however, is reportedly being boosted by the Republican National Committee, which has also begun building its reelection team.

Warren's expenditures on payroll have led to less spending elsewhere, Reuters noted, adding that she trails both Sanders and Harris in terms of dollars spent on online campaign ads.

The Massachusetts senator has trailed Sanders, Harris and other prominent Democrats including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Trump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Trump supporters at Pa. rally 'upset' after Democrats introduce impeachment articles MORE and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegTrump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Buttigieg says he doubts consulting work for insurer led to layoffs Biden narrowly ahead in Iowa as Sanders surges, Warren drops: poll MORE in recent polls of early primary states.