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Kamala Harris raised less than $12 million in second quarter, campaign says

Posted at 12:03 PM, Jul 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 14:03:09-04

California Sen. Kamala Harris raised less than $12 million in the second fundraising quarter of 2019, her campaign announced on Friday.

That figure is short of the $12 million the senator raised in the first three months of the year. But the second quarter number was bolstered by Harris’ breakout debate performance in late June and the fact that the campaign raised $2 million in the wake of Harris’ high-profile confrontation with Joe Biden. The campaign did not specify an exact amount for the quarter.

The Democratic presidential candidate’s haul falls short of the $24.8 million raised by South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, the $21.5 million that former Vice President Joe Biden raised and the $18 million haul from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The campaign said it raised money from more than 279,000 people in the second quarter, with 150,000 new donors contributing during that period. The average contribution was $39, the campaign said.

Harris, unlike Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, did spend considerable time raising money at top-dollar, high-profile events, especially in the second half of June as the campaign sprinted to post a strong fundraising number.

Harris headlined multiple events in New York, including an event hosted by Blair Effron, an investment banker, and Marc Lasry, a venture capitalist and the owner of the Milwaukee Bucks, according to an invite obtained by CNN.

Harris also headlined three Bay Area fundraisers at the end of June, according to invites obtained by CNN, including one top-dollar event hosted by a series of California elected officials, including Ricardo Lara, the state’s insurance commissioner, and a number of state senate and assembly members.

While the fundraising haul pales in comparison to Buttigieg, Biden and Sanders, Harris is in the midst of a polling boom following her performance at the first debate.

A CNN poll taken entirely after the first Democratic debate showed Biden had dropped 10 points from 32% in late May to 22% in the recent poll and Harris has jumped into second place, from 8% in late May to 17% now.