But the biggest victor may be Pete Buttigieg, an unlikely headline-grabber even among a group of lesser-known candidates that includes governors and members of Congress. That might be an understatement. Former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker learned in the 2015-16 Republican presidential campaign that being an early fundraising leader is no guarantee of success; he spent big, ran out of money and dropped out before the Iowa caucuses.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke appeared Wednesday to back off his initial opposition to slavery reparations, saying he would support a bill in Congress to study and consider the payments.
That means the pace dropped significantly in the next 17 days.
"I think they're playing for the long haul here", Shakir said of those donors.
New CEO Brian Wancho told the Daily Caller that the 2020 campaign isn't using the company for social media or web services, adding that it was unlikely O'Rourke acted unethically by paying the company.
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There was no immediate response to Biden's statement from leading Democratic contenders. "I get it", Biden said on Wednesday. Both sources asked not to be named in order to speak freely about the campaign.
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And when the Otay Mesa, California, entry port closed for the night Monday, 150 trucks were still waiting to get into the U.S. It has quickly become clear that any plan to cut aid to Central America would face strong objections from members of the U.S.
Most donors were under 39 years old, a "huge" asset to the candidate, his campaign director Faiz Shakir said on a press call, as the 77-year-old Sanders builds a grassroots revolution that has inspired younger voters.
The campaign fell short of its goal of collecting 1 million contributions by the deadline, and instead brought in about 900,000 contributions from its donors. Roughly 64% of the total amount are contributions under $200.
Among the major players who have yet to announce their fundraising total for the first quarter failed Texas Senate candidate Robert Francis O'Rourke, New York's Senator Kristen Gillibrand and Sen. In a recent stop in Atlanta, she held one small-dollar event but also a high-dollar gathering sponsored by bundlers who'd pulled together at least $28,000 for her campaign.
Every Democratic contender has ramped up the importance of their fundraising haul for the first few months of the 2020 cycle, characterizing fundraising totals as the barometer for the viability of their respective campaigns. Rather, they emphasized that 98% percent of her contributors gave less than $100.
With such a crowded field - more than 15 Democrats have announced they are running - fundraising abilities have become an early way to prove to donors and potential supporters that a candidate is viable.