Biden outraises other Democratic White House hopefuls in Nevada in the first six months of 2019
Joe Biden raised nearly a half a million dollars from Nevadans in the first half of 2019, almost $175,000 more than any other candidate seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, according to an analysis of contributions during that timeframe.
The former vice president, who remained the favorite in the state in a poll last month, raised more than $473,000 from 3,650 contributions, most of which were less than $200, between January and the end of June.
Biden’s haul topped that of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who raised just shy of $300,000; California Sen. Kamala Harris, who raised $151,000; South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttugieg, who raised $133,000; or Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who raised $118,000.
Sanders, who assembled a significant small-donor network during his 2016 bid for the nomination, raised his money from 17,683 contributions, the most of any candidate, with an average of $16.93 per donation. That compares with Biden, who averaged $129.33 per contribution.
Harris raised an average of $37.62 on just over 4,000 contributions, while Buttigieg and Warren averaged $32.10 and $25.53 on 4,159 and 4,471 contributions, respectively.
The donations jibe with last month’s Nevada poll and recent national polls, which have Biden leading with Sanders, Harris, Warren and Buttigieg in the mix among the top five.
The timeframe also roughly coincides with the Democratic debates in Miami and Detroit that were held near the end of June. The most recent, in Detroit, saw Harris and Booker continue challenging Biden on his civil-rights record. The debates also put on display the fight between progressives, such as Warren and Sanders, who are running on long-term, sweeping progressive policies, and the pragmatists, represented by Biden, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet. They are concerned that policies such as the Green New Deal, a nascent plan backed by progressive Democrats to aggressively address climate change, goes too far for most voters.
The raw data of Nevada donors were provided by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative-news organization based in Washington, D.C.
More than 45,000 individual contributions from Nevadans were made over the first six months of the year to 23 Democratic presidential candidates that were disclosed either on ActBlue reports or candidate reports when the donor gave more than $200 but not through ActBlue.
ActBlue is a payment processor for Democrats that collects contributions and forwards them to the candidate. It discloses donors who give $200 or less, including small-dollar contributors. Every Democratic candidate is using ActBlue this cycle.
“This gives us an unprecedented look into donors who give $200 or less,” said Chris Zubak-Skees, the data editor at the Center for Public Integrity
Small donors are prized by politicians because they signal to voters that candidates are not beholden to interest groups. Some have pledged not to take any funds from political action committees (PACs), federal lobbyists or the fossil fuel industry.
The data represent about 94 percent of money given by individual donors to Democratic presidential candidates in 2019, the center said. It does not include contributions of less than $200 not given through ActBlue including contributions given by mail, in person or by buying candidate merchandise. This also doesn’t include contributions by PACs.
Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke came in sixth in the Nevada money race with almost $50,000 from 1,797 contributions. He averaged over $27 per donation.
Entrepreneur Andrew Yang, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and author Marianne Williamson round out the top 10. Yang raised just over $45,000 from 1,853 contributions with an average dollar amount of nearly $25.00.
Booker took in more than $38,000, Gabbard raised nearly $37,000, and Williamson barely broke $27,000. They averaged $29.11, $23.65 and $20.74 per donation for a total of 1,312, 1,557, and 1,304 in total contributions.
Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar raised nearly $24,500 from 784 contributions, which averaged $31.21.
After Klobuchar, the field drops in funding totals, with former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, who received a total of just over $17,000 from 1,114 Nevadans, with an average donation of $15.34.
Inslee and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand managed to raise five figures, more than $15,000 and $14,000 respectively, but totals fall to four figures with Hickenlooper yielding $9,732.
Former Maryland Rep. John Delaney raised $9,146, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan raised $6,783, Bennet received $4,543, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock listed a $4,040 haul, and Rep. Seth Moulton, who’s campaigned has struggled and has failed to meet the criteria to qualify for any debates, took in more than $3,000.
Bringing up the rear was former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel, who dropped out of the race Wednesday, with just over $1,300, former Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak with about $1,000 and New York Mayor Bill De Blasio with $204.