Biden raises $21.5M in second quarter

Biden raises $21.5M in second quarter
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse clears bill to provide veterans with cost-of-living adjustment On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default To reduce poverty, stop burdening the poor: What Joe Manchin gets wrong about the child tax credit 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. 

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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 ButtigiegOn The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Pelosi plows full speed ahead on jam-packed agenda Blumenthal calls on Buttigieg to investigate American Airlines-JetBlue partnership LGBT film festival to premiere documentary about Pete Buttigieg 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 SandersPelosi says House members would not vote on spending bill topline higher than Senate's Groups push lawmakers to use defense bill to end support for Saudis in Yemen civil war Congress must address the looming debt crisis 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 HarrisCIA chief team member reported Havana syndrome symptoms during trip to India: report Harris booked for first in-studio talk show appearance as VP on 'The View' Republicans caught in California's recall trap MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocrats confront 'Rubik's cube on steroids' The Trojan Horse of protectionism Federal Reserve officials' stock trading sparks ethics review 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.