Buttigieg raises almost $25 million in 4th quarter

The newcomer to the national political stage has raised more than $76 million since he launched his presidential campaign.
Image: Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg speaks at a campaign stop at a middle school in Maquoketa, Iowa, on Dec. 30, 2019.
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg speaks at a middle school in Maquoketa, Iowa, on Monday, Dec. 30, 2019.Eileen Meslar / Telegraph Herald via AP

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By Dareh Gregorian and Vaughn Hillyard

Pete Buttigieg raised $24.7 million in the last three months of 2019 and has raked in over $76 million since he launched his run for president, his campaign said Wednesday.

"With more than 2 million donations by more than 733,000 individuals in 2019, it's clear the American people are responding to Pete's message of rallying our country together around bold solutions that will build the coalition we need to beat Trump and usher in a new era the day after Trump leaves office," said Buttigieg's campaign manager, Mike Schmuhl.

Of the 2 million donations, 98 percent were for less than $200, and the average contribution was about $38, the campaign said.

The news came on the same day that Buttigieg, a national political neophyte, became unemployed — his term as mayor of South Bend, Indiana, expired at noon on Wednesday.

Final fundraising information and data have trickled out from other campaigns, as well.

The campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has not yet announced how much money he raised in the fourth quarter, but it revealed that it had hit a milestone — 5 million individual contributions.

That "is more contributions than any campaign has received at this point in a presidential election in the history of our country," Sanders said in a note to supporters.

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"Now I am proud to say that ours is the only campaign in this Democratic primary with more donations than Donald Trump," Sanders said, adding that "our campaign has raised more money than any other campaign in this race and will raise more money than any campaign would against Donald Trump."

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, raised "around $3.4 million" in the fourth quarter, said Cullen Tiernan, a campaign press assistant. That's her best total of the year; she raised just more than $3 million in the previous quarter and just over $10 million in all of 2019.

Julia Jester and Garrett Grumbach contributed.