Gillibrand raises $2.3 million in second quarter

Gillibrand raises $2.3 million in second quarter
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Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Gillibrand11 senators urge House to pass .5T package before infrastructure bill Hochul tells Facebook to 'clean up the act' on abortion misinformation after Texas law Democratic senators request probe into Amazon's treatment of pregnant employees 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 ButtigiegDOJ sues to block JetBlue-American Airlines partnership On 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 MORE, for instance, brought in $24.8 million, while former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFighter jet escorts aircraft that entered restricted airspace during UN gathering Julian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy FBI investigating alleged assault on Fort Bliss soldier at Afghan refugee camp MORE raised $21.5 million.

Among Gillibrand’s Senate colleagues in the presidential contest, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenTreasury says more rental aid is reaching tenants, preventing evictions 11 senators urge House to pass .5T package before infrastructure bill Senate Democrats seeking information from SPACs, questioning 'misaligned incentives' MORE (D-Mass.) raised the most with $19 million, while Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDon't let partisan politics impede Texas' economic recovery The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the League of Conservation Voters — EPA finalizing rule cutting HFCs MORE (I-Vt.) finished the quarter with roughly $18 million. Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTwo 'View' hosts test positive for coronavirus ahead of Harris interview Rep. Karen Bass to run for mayor of Los Angeles: report Biden taps big bank skeptic to for top regulatory post 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.