Beto Raises $6.1 Million In Campaign’s First 24 Hours

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Former Texas Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke raised more than $6 million in the first 24 hours after he launched his presidential bid, his campaign announced Monday, exceeding the amounts raised by all of his 2020 rivals.

“In just 24 hours, Americans across this country came together to prove that it is possible to run a true grassroots campaign for president — a campaign by all of us, for all of us, that answers not to the PACs, corporations, and special interests but to the people,” O’Rourke said in a statement.

The campaign said it took in $6.1 million in online contributions on Friday, the day after he announced his run for the 2020 Democratic nomination. That figure topped all of the other candidates who disclosed their fundraising haul for the first 24 hours of their campaign.

Sanders, who announced his second bid for president late last month, raised roughly $5.9 million in the first 24 hours of his campaign. Soon after the 24-hour mark, that number had risen to $6 million, according to his campaign.

Harris raised $1.5 million in the 24 hours after announcing her presidential bid last month, matching Sanders’s initial haul from his 2016 campaign. 

Klobuchar raised more than $1 million in the 48 hours after she formally launched her Democratic presidential bid, her campaign said. 

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