Buttigieg raised $7 million in April: report

Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE raised $7 million for his presidential bid in April, a staggering haul that is likely to put the South Bend, Ind., mayor among the top fundraisers in the Democratic primary field.

The fundraising total, disclosed to donors in a conference call last month, was first reported on Monday by Politico. All told, the $7 million take in April underscores Buttigieg’s transformation from relative unknown to Democratic superstar since announcing his presidential campaign in January.

ADVERTISEMENTThe Hill has not yet independently confirmed the fundraising haul. A spokesperson for Buttigieg did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for comment.

The April fundraising haul is a promising sign for Buttigieg ahead of June 30, when books close for the second quarter of 2019. Campaigns have until July 15 to file their second-quarter reports with the Federal Election Commission.

The South Bend mayor is poised to blow past his fundraising total for the first three months of the year. His campaign reported in April that it had raised about $7 million since January.

Still, Buttigieg will have to contend with other adept fundraisers in the race for the Democratic nomination.

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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), who announced his campaign in February, raked in nearly $18.2 million in the first quarter of 2019, not including another $2.5 million he transferred from his 2016 presidential campaign committee.

And former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE, who did not announce his candidacy until late April and did not have to file a first-quarter fundraising report, is expected to report a staggering second-quarter take after announcing that he raised more than $6 million in the first 24 hours of his campaign.

Still, both Biden and Sanders began their campaigns with significantly higher national profiles than Buttigieg, who has never before sought federal elected office.

After appearing at a televised CNN town hall event in March, however, Buttigieg’s campaign surged, and he has since worked his way to top-tier status in the Democratic primary field. A Fox News poll released Sunday showed the South Bend mayor tied for fourth place with Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.), each with 8 percent support.

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