An Update on our Q3 Fundraising Numbers

Team Warren
Oct 4, 2019 · 4 min read

By Roger Lau

I’ve got great news for you.

You might remember that quarterly FEC fundraising deadline we’ve been talking about.

Well, we’re excited to announce our results: We raised $24.6 million in the third quarter of 2019. Thank you for donating to help make it possible.

This means our grassroots movement is in an incredible position — to double down on our investments in grassroots organizing, to keep getting Elizabeth’s plans for big, structural change in front of more caucus-goers and voters, and to bring more people into this fight.

Keep reading if you’d like to take a look under the hood of our fundraising report. But first, I’ve got a quick and important plug:

What We Raised In Q3

  • More than 500,000 people making more than 940,000 donations in July, August, and September helped raise $24.6 million
  • More than 300,000 of those donors gave for the first time in Q3
  • Our average contribution was just $26

How We Raised It

People like you chipped in.

That’s it.

Elizabeth didn’t sell her time to wealthy donors, over the phone or in person at closed-door fundraisers. She didn’t take any money from Washington lobbyists, corporate PACs, or PACs of any kind.

Instead, she got to spend her time traveling across the country, hosting town halls, taking tens of thousands of selfies, and hearing directly from people about what’s on their minds — and people like you chipped in to help make it possible.

Elizabeth says that running for office is an act of optimism. I think that’s true of donating to a political campaign, too. When you make a contribution, you’re rejecting cynicism — you’re recognizing your power in your democracy, and your ability to shape our future.

Ever since Elizabeth announced her presidential exploratory committee last New Year’s Eve, hundreds of thousands of people like you have made individual, optimistic decisions to chip in and own a piece of our campaign.

Elizabeth is deeply grateful for your support, and so am I.

How We’re Investing It

Here’s my promise to you: We’re going to spend every dollar that you’ve contributed as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Recently, we announced an eight-figure digital and TV advertising campaign in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina. All of those dollars are going further than they otherwise would because we’re:

  • Targeting those ads as precisely as possible to reach the people we need to turn out
  • And producing the ads in-house instead of forking over big commissions and fees to outside consultants

We’re also growing our team in states that will have primaries and caucuses in March. And we’re magnifying our impact by focusing on states with other key elections, too — where Democrats need to be organizing right now to keep the House, take back the Senate, and regain ground in key state legislatures in 2020.

That way, your support won’t just help elect Elizabeth — you’ll help elect Democrats up and down the ballot so we can make big, structural change, and so we can stop Republicans from being able to draw gerrymandered maps for 2022 and beyond.

What Comes Next

First of all, please take a moment to be proud of the movement you’re helping build.

Celebrate. Say “woo-hoo!” (quietly, if you need to, depending on where you’re reading this). Put on your favorite Elizabeth Warren t-shirt. Text a friend to share the good news. Close your eyes and picture Wall Street bankers scowling into their catered breakfast.

And picture an America where political and economic power is in the hands of working people — not just the rich and powerful. Where Washington works for you, even if you can’t hire an army of lobbyists and lawyers. Where Elizabeth is fighting for all of us from the Oval Office, and we all fight by her side.

You’re helping make it happen. You’re building this movement. You’re part of history.

So, take a minute to celebrate. And then take a deep breath, square your shoulders, and get ready to keep fighting, because we’re going to keep counting on you.

These are the last few months to make sure we’re ready to hit the ground running in 2020 — the year we’ll elect Elizabeth as the next president of the United States.

So I have to ask: If you’re committed to doing everything you can to keep growing this movement, and if you’re able to make a donation right now, please chip in. Let’s keep building something incredible.

Thanks for everything. Hope to see you on the road.

Roger Lau
Campaign Manager
Warren for President

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