Last Friday was the deadline for federal campaigns to submit their Q1 fundraising reports. When we crunched the numbers for women on our 2022 Senate slate, we noticed a trend:
The higher the proportion a candidate received in small-dollar donations, the more money they raised overall:
- Val Demings (FL): $10.1 million raised in Q1; 57 percent from small donors.
- Catherine Cortez Masto (NV): $4.4 million raised in Q1; 36 percent from small donors.
- Maggie Hassan (NH): $4.3 million raised in Q1; 31 percent from small donors.
- Cheri Beasley (NC): $3.6 million raised in Q1; 22 percent from small donors.
- Sarah Godlewski (WI): $2.1 million raised in Q1; 13 percent from small donors.
The woman raising the most and who has the highest small-dollar donor base on the list — Rep. Val Demings — is the only candidate to come close to the leading men.
Incumbent Sens. Raphael Warnock (GA) and Mark Kelly (AZ), who raised $13.6 million and $11.3 million, respectively, and one of the leading challengers, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (PA), who raised $3.1 million, raised the highest portion of their funds from small donors.
Some recent scary polling, especially for incumbent Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, shows we need to give now to help them beat back attacks.