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Home Support: Warren Easily Tops Fundraising In Mass. Last Quarter

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren raised nearly $1 million in itemized donations from Massachusetts donors last quarter. (John Minchillo/AP)
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren raised nearly $1 million in itemized donations from Massachusetts donors last quarter. (John Minchillo/AP)

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren easily topped her Democratic presidential rivals in fundraising from Massachusetts in July, August and September, despite her commitment to stay away from high-dollar private fundraisers.

Warren, who's now considered a front-runner in the Democratic primary, raised $963,591 in itemized donations from her home state last quarter — 20% more than she took in from her home state from April to June.

Presidential campaigns are only required to report itemized data on contributions, including donor names and addresses, when they exceed $200 total from an individual during a campaign cycle.

So small-money donors aren't included in this data, and some candidates' donations from Massachusetts are likely higher than the itemized totals.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who's also shunned big-money fundraisers, took in $411,957 in itemized donations in Massachusetts during the last three months, nearly $200,000 more than he took in from the state's donors in the second quarter.

Warren and Sanders also raised the most nationally from July to September, showing that their gambit to embrace small-dollar donations at the expense of courting rich donors seems to be working for now. The Massachusetts senator took in $24.6 million nationally last quarter, and her Vermont counterpart raised more than $25 million.

Warren raised at least $129,857 from Boston donors in Q3, her top municipality in the state. She raised $111,640 from her hometown of Cambridge.

Sanders raised at least $50,944 in Boston, $38,947 in Cambridge and $22,720 in Somerville.

Democrat Pete Buttigieg, who raised more money than any other candidate in Massachusetts last quarter, fell to fourth place in fundraising this time around, trailing behind Warren, Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Buttigieg’s slide in the rankings comes perhaps as no surprise: A string of private fundraisers held in spring and early summer across Boston, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard and Provincetown helped the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, raise nearly $1 million in the state between April and June. From July to September, however, Buttigieg raised just $389,883 in the state — a 60% decrease from his Q2 haul.

He took in just $18,646 from Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Provincetown combined from July to September — compared with $166,429 he raised in those places last quarter. In Boston, Buttigieg received $80,215 in Q3; he raised $317,471 from Boston donors in Q2.

Nationally last quarter, Buttigieg raised $19.1 million. Biden raised $15.7 million nationally, with $490,683 coming from Massachusetts donors, $100,000 short of his Q2 performance here.

California U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris raised $11.6 million nationally, and took in $278,841 here in Massachusetts, more than double her fundraising performance here in the second quarter.

Three more candidates — U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Amy Klobouchar, and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang — all raised more than $100,000 in Massachusetts over the last three months.

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Wilder Fleming Twitter Political Producer
Wilder Fleming is a freelance political producer at WBUR, focusing on the long road to November 2020.

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