After Eschewing Big Donor Contributions, Warren Ends Q1 With $6 Million

MANCHESTER, NH - JANUARY 12: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), speaks during a New Hampshire organizing event for her 2020 presidential exploratory committee at Manchester Community College on January 12, 2019 in Manche... MANCHESTER, NH - JANUARY 12: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), speaks during a New Hampshire organizing event for her 2020 presidential exploratory committee at Manchester Community College on January 12, 2019 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Warren announced on December 31 that she was forming an exploratory committee for the 2020 presidential race. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images) MORE LESS

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) raised more than $6 million in the first fundraising quarter, a total that lags behind some of her competitors after her pledge to eschew big donor fundraising.

According to a Wednesday CNN report, Warren’s haul puts her behind Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) $18.2 million, Sen. Kamala Harris’ (D-CA) $12 million, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s (D-TX) $9.4 million and Southbend Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s $7 million.

Despite the lag, Warren advisers say they are investing heavily in staff and increasing the campaign’s on-the-ground presence.

“I’m running the campaign I want to run,” Warren told CNN. “Instead of spending time with millionaire donors, I’m now at 12 states and Puerto Rico, spending time with people who’re going to build the grassroots energy for us to win in 2020 and to make the changes we need to make in 2021.”

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