WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) raised $5.9 million within the first 24 hours of entering the 2020 race, his campaign announced Wednesday, a sum that eclipses his 2020 rivals’ early cash hauls.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) raised $1.5 million within 24 hours and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) followed with $300,000 on her first day.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) also announced this month that she had raised $1 million since her announcement.
So far, a view into how much candidates are bringing in is largely based on what the campaigns are self-reporting.
Most of the field’s Democrats did not formally jump into the fray until after the Federal Election Commission’s first quarter filing deadline closed on December 31 2018.
The next round of reports aren’t due until April 15.
Among the few who entered under the first deadline, nobody has come close to raising the numbers reported by the party’s more high profile figures.
Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro raised $220,387.81 in the first three weeks after announcing his exploratory committee.
Former Congressman John Delaney (Md.), who quietly became the party’s first contender in July of 2017, has reported over $6.1 million in contributions.
However, Delaney, who was among the wealthiest members of Congress, loaned his campaign nearly $4.6 million and gave a $80,000 contribution.
Andrew Yang, a tech figure who has largely flown under the radar, also has raised $656,275.41, including a $48,000 candidate contribution.