O’Rourke is the fourth major Democratic candidate to self-release first-quarter numbers, which must be reported to the Federal Election Commission by April 15.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Tuesday announced a first-quarter haul of $18.2 million for his presidential campaign. Sen. Kamala D. Harris (Calif.) had previously announced $12 million for the quarter, while South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg reported $7 million.
O’Rourke, who joined the race March 14, made a splash with an announcement that he raised $6.1 million during the first 24 hours of his campaign, a figure that exceeded that of Sanders, who reported raising almost $6 million on his first day.
O’Rourke’s campaign said it relied heavily on small donors and that 98 percent of contributions were below $200. The average donation was $43, the campaign said.
“Not only is this a sign of our grassroots strength during the first two weeks of our campaign, but it is a sign of what’s possible when you put your full trust in the people of this country,” O’Rourke said in a statement.
The campaign said that “a majority” of O’Rourke’s presidential donors had not contributed to his campaign last year for a Senate seat from Texas in which he came up short against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) but proved a prolific fundraiser.
The campaign’s announcement came as O’Rourke heads to Iowa for the second time since announcing his candidacy. His campaign said a four-day drive through the state, the site of the first caucuses of the 2020 campaign, would include nearly two dozen events.