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Gillibrand raises $2.3 million in second quarter

Gillibrand raises $2.3 million in second quarter
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Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandOvernight Defense: Defense bill among Congress's year-end scramble | Iranian scientist's assassination adds hurdles to Biden's plan on nuclear deal | Navy scrapping USS Bonhomme Richard after fire Democratic senators urge Facebook to take action on anti-Muslim bigotry Social media responds to Harris making history: 'I feel like our ancestors are rejoicing' MORE (D-N.Y.) raised $2.3 million in the second quarter of 2019, her campaign said, a fundraising haul that puts her well behind the Democratic presidential contest’s slate of top-tier contenders.

In a memo sent to reporters on Monday, Gillibrand’s campaign said the average donation size over the past three months was $15 and that 95 percent of contributions were under $50. Gillibrand ended the quarter with more than $8.2 million on hand, her campaign said.

Among Gillibrand’s online donors, 65 percent identified as women, her campaign said.

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Gillibrand hasn’t yet met the 130,000-donor threshold she’ll need to qualify for the third Democratic debate in September, though her campaign said she was “on pace” to hit the mark. 

Gillibrand’s fundraising haul puts her well behind a handful of other candidates in the primary field who raked in eight-digit totals over the past three months. South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegJuan Williams: Clyburn is my choice as politician of the year 'Biff is president': Michael J. Fox says Trump has played on 'every worst instinct in mankind' Buttigieg: Denying Biden intelligence briefings is about protecting Trump's 'ego' MORE, for instance, brought in $24.8 million, while former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump Cruz urges Supreme Court to take up Pennsylvania election challenge MORE raised $21.5 million.

Among Gillibrand’s Senate colleagues in the presidential contest, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOn The Money: McConnell offering new coronavirus relief bill | Biden introduces economic team, vows swift action on relief | Rare Mnuchin-Powell spat takes center stage at COVID-19 hearing Biden introduces economic team, vows swift action on struggling economy Louisville mayor declares racism a public health crisis MORE (D-Mass.) raised the most with $19 million, while Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDeVos knocks free college push as 'socialist takeover of higher education' The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Capital One — Giuliani denies discussing preemptive pardon with Trump Manchin: Ocasio-Cortez 'more active on Twitter than anything else' MORE (I-Vt.) finished the quarter with roughly $18 million. Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSenate GOP's campaign arm rakes in M as Georgia runoffs heat up Biden, Harris to sit with CNN's Tapper in first post-election joint interview The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Capital One — Giuliani denies discussing preemptive pardon with Trump MORE (D-Calif.) raised nearly $12 million.

The second-quarter fundraising numbers cover the period from April 1 to June 30. Candidates have until midnight to file their reports with the Federal Election Commission.

While Gillibrand has built up a relatively high profile in the Senate, her presidential campaign has so far struggled to gain the kind of momentum that other candidates such as Buttigieg and Warren have seen in recent months. 

The New York senator has put women’s issues at the center of her campaign, betting that robust support from women can help her beat expectations when voting in the nominating contests begins next year.

“No other 2020 candidate is as fierce an advocate for women and families than Kirsten,” her campaign memo reads, noting that she has “carved out a distinct lane in a crowded” primary field.