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.
Let’s help these women close the gender fundraising gap with small-dollar donations. Give $5 or more to each of them.
Some recent scary polling, especially for incumbent Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, shows we need to give now to help them beat back attacks.