Biden raises $21.5M in second quarter

Biden raises $21.5M in second quarter
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenIntercept bureau chief: minimum wage was not 'high priority' for Biden in COVID-19 relief South Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Obama alum Seth Harris to serve as Biden labor adviser: report MORE brought in a $21.5 million haul during the second quarter, his campaign announced Wednesday.

The Biden campaign reported that 97 percent of contributions came from grass-roots donors, and 256,000 donors made more than 436,000 donations. The average donation to the campaign was $49, his campaign said. 


Biden's team also reported that the campaign did not receive lobbyist, PAC or fossil fuel donations.

While Biden's campaign touted that he raised more money per day during the second quarter than any other campaign, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegHarris pushes for support for cities in coronavirus relief package Exclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden vs. Trump, part II MORE topped Biden's overall fundraising total, bringing in nearly $25 million in the second quarter. 

The Buttigieg campaign said that more than 400,000 donors contributed to his presidential bid, with the average contribution at $47.42. The South Bend mayor and Biden both officially launched their presidential campaigns in April.

Buttigieg's fundraising haul is welcome news for the mayor, who until months ago was relatively unknown on the national stage, bringing in only $7 million during the first fundraising quarter. 

Biden's campaign announced their figures as the former vice president seeks to shore up support in the crowded primary field and maintain his position atop national polls following a bruising performance in the first Democratic debates last week.

Meanwhile, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersIntercept bureau chief: minimum wage was not 'high priority' for Biden in COVID-19 relief Murkowski never told White House she would oppose Tanden Tanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief MORE (I-Vt.) has slipped in polls following the first debate, raising questions about his prospects in the race. Three polls released after last week's debate found Sanders trailing Biden and Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisElla Emhoff, inauguration designer join forces on knitwear collaboration Who is the Senate parliamentarian and why is she important? In America, women are frontliners of change MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Health Care: Biden says US will have enough vaccine for all adults by end of May | Biden calls on all states to vaccinate teachers by the end of March | Texas, Mississippi lift mask mandates Biden picks for financial agencies offer preview of regulatory agenda Becerra tells Warren he will do 'thorough review' of executive actions on drug prices MORE (D-Mass.).

On the money front, Sanders also trails Buttigieg and Biden in the latest fundraising period, bringing in $18 million in the second quarter.

Sanders campaign officials have emphasized that the senator has avoided high-dollar fundraisers, and has not explicitly courted big donors or Democratic bundlers. 

Buttigieg and Biden both attended fundraising events in the days after last week's Democratic debate.