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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 Gillibrand2024 GOP White House hopefuls lead opposition to Biden Cabinet Manhattan law firm named as lead in Cuomo impeachment investigation Senate Democrats call on DHS for details on response to Portland protests 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 ButtigiegSunday shows preview: Democrats eye two-part infrastructure push; Michigan coronavirus cases surge Buttigieg hopes cruises will return by mid-summer Biden to host bipartisan talks on infrastructure next week MORE, for instance, brought in $24.8 million, while former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden eyes bigger US role in global vaccination efforts Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech Kemp: Pulling All-Star game out of Atlanta will hurt business owners of color MORE raised $21.5 million.

Among Gillibrand’s Senate colleagues in the presidential contest, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOn The Money: Biden .5T budget proposes major hike in social programs | GOP bashes border, policing provisions Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists POW/MIA flag moved back atop White House MORE (D-Mass.) raised the most with $19 million, while Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHillicon Valley: Amazon wins union election — says 'our employees made the choice' On The Money: Biden .5T budget proposes major hike in social programs | GOP bashes border, policing provisions Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists MORE (I-Vt.) finished the quarter with roughly $18 million. Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisPelosi planned on retiring until Trump won election: report How Kamala Harris can find the solution for the migration crisis White House unveils official portraits of Biden and Harris 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.