Booker’s campaign said 82 percent of the donors gave to the senator for the first time and the average online contribution was $34.
The New Jersey Democrat, who was first elected to the Senate in a 2013 special election, raised $17.7 million to win a full term one year later. Among his donors in that campaign were Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. In 2017, Booker said he “wouldn’t take a dime from them now” given their work for the Trump administration.
Booker has also decided against accepting money from industries that are controversial within the Democratic Party. He has also distanced himself from the pharmaceutical industry, while saying he will continue to accept donations from lower-level employees of pharma companies.
“I live in Newark, a low-income community where people work for pharmaceutical companies,” Booker told health news website Stat in an interview this year.
Booker’s total since he announced his candidacy on Feb. 1 is less than the amount that O’Rourke and Sanders brought in the first 24 hours of entering the race.
Sanders is the fundraising leader with $18.2 million, followed by Harris with $12 million, O’Rourke with $9.4 million and Buttigieg — who has yet to formally declare his candidacy — with $7 million.