In the six weeks between his entry into the race and the end of the quarter, DeSantis raised $US19.7 million for his campaign, $US16.9 million of which came from contributions over $US200, a sign of his dependence on big-dollar contributions.
He is also spending that money – quickly.
His filings on Saturday showed that his campaign spent nearly $US7.9 million in those six weeks. Top expenditures included $US1.3 million earmarked for travel (several vendors appear to be private jet rental services); more than $US1 million for payroll; and more than $US800,000 apiece for digital fundraising consulting, media placement and postage.
It is a “burn rate” of about 40 per cent, which is on the high end compared with the other Republican candidates. Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina reported raising nearly $US5.9 million in the second quarter, and spent $US6.7 million. But he had more of a cushion: He carried $US22 million from his Senate campaign into his presidential run.
DeSantis reported $US12.2 million in cash on hand at the end of June; Scott had $US21 million. By comparison, Haley’s campaign took in $US5.3 million, spent $US2.6 million and reported about $US6.8 million in cash on hand.
Trump’s war chest not yet clear
Trump is the runaway leader in polls of Republican candidates, and he has ample financial resources and fundraising ability. But his exact cash situation is complicated.
This month, the Trump campaign said the former president had raised more than $US35 million in the second quarter through his joint fundraising committee, which then transfers the money to his campaign and to a political action committee.
His campaign’s filing on Saturday reported a total of $US17.7 million in receipts – which includes contributions, transfers and refunds – almost all of which came in transfers from the joint fundraising committee.
Where is the rest of the reported $US35 million? The joint fundraising committee is not required to file its report until the end of the month. The New York Times reported last month that Trump has in recent months steered more of the money from the joint committee into the PAC, which he has used to pay his legal bills.
Pence joins the stragglers
Bringing up the rear of the Republican pack are former Governor Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, who raised about $US500,000 in the second quarter, and Will Hurd, a former Texas congressman, who raised just $US270,000.
While these long-shot candidates were not expected to raise tonnes of money, observers might have expected more from Pence, who reported just $US1.2 million in contributions.
Pence has also spent very little – just $US74,000, his filing shows. His campaign has not said whether he has reached the threshold of 40,000 unique donors, one of the requirements to appear on the Republican debate stage on August 23.
Self-funding candidates burn cash
On Friday, the campaign of Governor Doug Burgum of North Dakota, a wealthy former software engineer, filed its quarterly report, showing that he had raised $US1.5 million in contributions and that he had lent $US10 million to his campaign.
Burgum’s campaign spent more than $US8.1 million last quarter, including an eye-popping $US6 million in advertising, the filings show. He had $US3.6 million in cash on hand at the end of the month.
Another Republican candidate, wealthy entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, reported $US2.3 million in contributions last quarter, as well as $US5 million in loans from himself. Ramaswamy has lent his campaign $US15.25 million since he entered the race in February; he has said he will spend $US100 million of his own money on his bid.
He may need to if he keeps up the spending. He spent more than $US8 million from April to the end of June, including $US1.5 million on media placement and hundreds of thousands of dollars on travel.
Biden’s campaign remains very small
It was already obvious that the Biden campaign was running a small operation, but exactly how lean became clear on Saturday. As of the end of June, the president’s re-election effort had a total of four employees.
Two other people were listed on Biden’s campaign expenditures as consultants, one for communications and another as an accountant, but so far much of the still-nascent Biden campaign is being run by officials at the White House and in the Democratic National Committee.
Biden’s campaign, the Democratic National Committee and its affiliated fundraising committees reported a combined $US77 million in cash on hand at the end of June after raising $US72 million during the three-month reporting period. While the campaign has added a few employees since July 1, it plans to continue outsourcing large portions of its activity to the national committee.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.
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