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Female donors help Hillary Clinton bring in $47.5 million in second quarter

The majority of Clinton's donors were women. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

This story has been updated.

The $47.5 million Hillary Rodham Clinton raised during her first two and half months as a presidential candidate this year was boosted by a predominantly female donor base, her campaign said Wednesday.

Of the more the 250,000 contributors who donated to Clinton, 61 percent are women.  That puts her on track to outstrip the presidential high-water mark set by President Obama in 2012, when 47 percent of donors who gave him more than $200 were women, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

The surge of female-driven contributions for Clinton could fuel a partisan divide when it comes to gender and political money. In 2012, women gave 52 percent of their federal donations to Democratic candidates, a slight edge the party has held since 1998, according to the Center.

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All but $824,000 of Clinton's war chest is money raised for the Democratic primary contest. Her campaign entered July with nearly $29 million in cash on hand.

Donations under $200 made up just under 17 percent of Clinton's total raised. That was in sharp contrast with Republican Jeb Bush: Just 3 percent of the $11.4 million he raised came from such low-dollar donations.

Clinton's small-donor base is larger than it was in her first quarter of fundraising in the 2008 race, when just 9 percent of her money came from contributions under $200, according to data analyzed by the Campaign Finance Institute. But it is smaller than that of then-candidate Barack Obama, who raised 22 percent of his money that same quarter from small donors.

It is also dwarfed by that of primary season rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Nearly 76 percent of the $13.5 million in individual donations he received were under $200.

“With Republicans tapping their billionaire backers for unlimited sums of money, we are glad to be able to have such broad support to be able to show why Hillary Clinton is the only candidate who will fight for policies that allow everyday Americans to get ahead and stay ahead," campaign manager Robby Mook said in a statement.

Clinton also released the names of 122 fundraisers who have bundled at least $100,000 for the campaign. In all, they have raised at least $12.2 million since April 12, 2015.

The Clinton bundler list included many familiar and longtime Democratic Party fundraisers, as well as some of the Clinton’s biggest long-time donors. Haim and Cheryl Saban, who built a fortune marketing the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” and other entertainment offerings, were on the list as they have been for past Clinton presidential, Senate and foundation activities.

Longtime donor Fred Eychaner, a reclusive Chicago business and media titan, is on the list. In 2012, he was one of the largest donors to Democratic outside spending groups, and has been particularly supportive of same sex marriage legislation.

The list also includes many familiar Washington names, including Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, longtime Democratic donor and former ambassador to Portugal, and veteran Clinton adviser Minyon Moore. Washington lobbyist Steve Elmendorf – who worked on the presidential campaigns of Richard Gephardt, John Kerry and Hillary Clinton – was listed, along with Tom Nides, who was Hillary Clinton’s deputy secretary of state before joining Morgan Stanley as a top executive.

Other notable Wall Street bundlers listed include hedge fund magnate Orin Kramer and Marc Lasry.

Unlike Obama, Clinton is allowing lobbyists to bundle for her campaign. Among those raising money for Clinton were former Sen. Robert Torricelli of New Jersey and K Street powerhouse Heather Podesta. Others included David Leiter, a lobbyist who served as former chief of staff to John Kerry, and Jackson Dunn, a managing director at FTI Consulting who served as an aide to President Bill Clinton and other national figures.

Anu Narayanswamy and Tom Hamburger contributed to this report.

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