2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke did not do too hot with his fundraising in the second quarter.
O’Rourke’s presidential campaign announced on Monday that they had raised $3.6 million in campaign funds from April through June. This figure is more than 60 percent less than the $9.4 million he raised in the first quarter.
The numbers illustrate a stagnation problem with the former Texas congressman’s campaign. His campaign manager — Jen O’Malley Dillon — sent an email out to supporters saying that the campaign had the “resources [they] need to execute [their] strategy” but that there was still “work to do.”
The Texas Democrat had made a strong start in the primary race when he announced, setting fundraising records after he raked in $6.1 million in the first 24 hours of his campaign after he announced his White House bid before being overtaken by former Vice President Joe Biden‘s (D) $6.3 million haul in April.
O’Rourke’s campaign said that they had $5.2 million in cash on hand with an average donation of about $30. The vast majority of the donations from his nearly 200,000 donors — around 98 percent — were under $200.
The former congressman was not the only one to have a dip in fundraising.
As IJR Red previously reported, Biden also saw his numbers drop in the second quarter, bringing in $21.5 million. This put him squarely behind South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-Ind.), who raised $24.8 million within the same time frame.
IJR Red also noted that the Republican National Committee announced they had received $76.4 million for the 2020 election cycle, bringing in $14.6 million in May of this year.
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel praised the president’s fundraising numbers as “record-breaking” and showed that “the grassroots enthusiasm for [Trump’s] re-election is unmatched.”