Who’s winning the 2020 money race?

President Trump’s reelection committee and the Republican Party have a significant head start on the Democratic field. Unlike previous presidents, who waited until after the midterm election to start raising money for their own reelection, Trump started fundraising for his 2020 campaign shortly after he was elected in 2016.

$490

million

Raised by
Trump, his committees
and the RNC

$310

million

Raised by
Democratic candidates
and the DNC

Not only has Trump had a lot more time than Democratic candidates to raise money, he is particularly skilled at drawing a steady stream of donations from his loyal base of supporters giving less than $200.

Trump’s fundraising advantage means his campaign is already spending money at a fast clip – buying digital, radio and TV advertising and laying the groundwork for a robust campaign.

Total raised Raised in Q1 2019 Share from small donations

Republican National Committee

$317M

$16M

46%

Trump fundraising committees

$130M

$31M

52%

Donald Trump

$38M

$8M

59%

A first look at fundraising totals posted by the 16 Democratic presidential hopefuls who reported raising money in the first three months of the year shows that no clear frontrunner has yet emerged in the race. Their limited early hauls underscore the challenge the eventual nominee will face in taking on Trump.

The large Democratic field has been focusing heavily on trying to attract a wave of donations from people giving less than $200, partly because the Democratic National Committee will be counting each candidate’s overall number of donors to help determine who can participate in the first debate this summer. Small-dollar contributions also are considered a measure of grassroots support.

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Total raised 2020 money raised
per day
Share from small donations

Bernie Sanders

$21M

$2.5M from prior campaigns

$455k

Since Feb. 19,
his campaign start date

74%

Elizabeth Warren

$16M

$10.4M from prior campaigns

$67k

Since Dec. 31, 2018,
her campaign start date

26%

Kamala Harris

$13M

$1.2M from prior campaigns

$174k

Since Jan. 21,
her campaign start date

33%

Kirsten Gillibrand

$13M

$9.6M from prior campaigns

$40k

Since Jan. 15,
her campaign start date

4%

John Delaney

$12M

$11.7M in loans to own campaign

$727

Since Aug. 10, 2017,
his campaign start date

1%

Beto O'Rourke

$9M

 

$551k

Since March 14,
his campaign start date

59%

Amy Klobuchar

$9M

$3.6M from prior campaigns

$109k

Since Feb. 11,
her campaign start date

21%

Cory Booker

$8M

$2.7M from prior campaigns

$88k

Since Feb. 1,
his campaign start date

10%

Pete Buttigieg

$7M

 

$106k

Since Jan. 23,
his campaign start date

64%

Tulsi Gabbard

$4M

$2.5M from prior campaigns

$25k

Since Jan. 11,
her campaign start date

24%

Andrew Yang

$2M

 

$5k

Since Nov. 6, 2017,
his campaign start date

64%

Jay Inslee

$2M

 

$75k

Since March 1,
his campaign start date

34%

John Hickenlooper

$2M

 

$75k

Since March 4,
his campaign start date

10%

Marianne Williamson

$2M

 

$21k

Since Jan. 17,
her campaign start date

60%

Julian Castro

$1M

 

$10k

Since Dec. 12, 2018,
his campaign start date

34%

Wayne Messam

$44k

 

$3k

Since March 15,
his campaign start date

27%

Notes: 2020 money raised per day does not include amount transferred from committees created for prior campaigns. While he started his campaign later, Jan. 23 is the date when Pete Buttigieg received his first donation. Democrats who announced their candidacies after March 31 deadline are not included.

Brittany Renee Mayes

Brittany Renee Mayes joined The Washington Post as a general assignment graphics reporter in June 2018. She previously worked at NPR on the visuals team as a news applications developer.

Anu Narayanswamy

Anu Narayanswamy is the data reporter for the national political enterprise and accountability team at The Washington Post, with a focus on money and politics.

Kevin Schaul

Kevin Schaul is a senior graphics editor for The Washington Post. He covers national politics and public policy using data and visuals.

About this story

Source: Federal Election Commission. The graphic does not include any fundraising numbers for Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio and Rep. Eric Swalwell of California because they declared their candidacies in April. Start dates used in the graphic are when the candidate first filed with the FEC to start an exploratory or a presidential campaign committee. Small donations refer to contributions of $200 or less.

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