South Bend’s NBC News affiliate reports:
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg released early fundraising numbers from his presidential exploratory committee Monday morning. Buttigieg said on Twitter his committee raised more than $7 million in the first quarter, which ended Sunday.
Buttigieg launched an exploratory committee for a 2020 presidential bid in January, but has not officially launched a campaign.
Two of those who have — Bernie Sanders and Beto O’Rourke — posted large early fundraising hauls, with Sanders raising $5.9 million and O’Rourke raising $6.1 million in the first 24 hours after their respective announcements.
This is just a preliminary analysis, but our team’s initial report shows we raised over $7 million dollars in Q1 of this year. We (you) are out-performing expectations at every turn. I’ll have a more complete analysis later, but until then: a big thank you to all our supporters. pic.twitter.com/rDmTEiTfCs
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) April 1, 2019