Beto O’Rourke's 2020 campaign spent just over $2.5 million in the first quarter, according to his report filed Monday. About half of that, $1.27 million, went to digital advertising, the campaign’s top expenditure, and the campaign also spent $344,700 on database services.
The former Texas congressman posted strong fundraising numbers in the first quarter of 2019, driven largely by a first-day surge, ultimately positioning him behind earlier entrants with comparable fundraising strength like Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and California Sen. Kamala Harris, at the start of the second quarter.
O'Rourke raised just under $9.4 million in the period, with about 59% of his contributions made in increments of $200 or less. $6.1 million of that came on the day he announced his entry to the race, on March 14, leaving him just over two weeks in the period to fundraise.
His campaign said the average donation was $43, across roughly 218,000 contributions.
While O’Rourke raised an explosive $80 million for his 2018 Texas senate race, he spent essentially all of it, and didn’t enter 2019 with a base of transferable funds like those available to some of the senators in the race, such as New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Massachusetts sen. Elizabeth Warren. His campaign reported having just under $6.9 million in cash on hand entering the second quarter.