In an email to supporters, Buttigieg said his campaign had collected $11 million this month after strong finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire but it wasn’t enough to meet the challenges ahead. “The goal posts have changed,” the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor wrote in an email obtained by CNN.
But Warren opened February in the most precarious financial position of any top-tier candidate in the Democratic field. She had the smallest cash reserves: just $2.3 million, after spending $2 for every $1 she raised in January.
Her campaign used the line of credit it secured to set aside $400,000 to guard against running out of money before the Iowa caucuses. Campaign spokesman Chris Hayden said Warren did not have to use borrowed funds in the end.
And her aides said the senator’s commanding performance during Wednesday’s debate in Las Vegas had paid off — driving $5 million into her campaign coffers in the day after the debate and attracting legions of first-time donors.
So far in February, her campaign has raised $17 million — its best monthly financial showing to date, Warren officials said.
Speaking to reporters, Warren said that all the men remaining in the race “had either super PACS or they were multi-billionaires, and could just, you know, rummage around in their sock drawers and find enough money to be able to fund a campaign.”
“The only people who didn’t have them were the two women,” she added. “And at that point, there are some women saying, ‘You know, that’s just not right.’ So here’s where I stand: If all the candidates want to get rid of super PACS, count me in, I’ll lead the charge. But that’s how it has to be. It can’t be the case that a bunch of people keep them and only one or two don’t.”
The super PAC, which can raise unlimited funds from virtually any source but must operate independently of Warren, is spending nearly $800,000 on ads in Nevada, according to a tally by Kantar Media’s Campaign Media Analysis Group.
Another super PAC has emerged to aid Klobuchar. Dubbed Kitchen Table Conversations, the pro-Klobuchar group has spent $1.1 million on ads in Nevada, which holds its caucuses Saturday, and the South Carolina primary a week later.
Klobuchar’s campaign officials said in October that they didn’t want help from a super PAC. An aide said Wednesday that they stand by that position.
The groups won’t have to disclose their donors until mid-March — after Democrats in more than two dozen states have already weighed in. However, EMILY’s List, a group that works to elect female candidates who support abortion rights, has donated $250,000 to each super PAC, EMILY’s List spokeswoman Christina Reynolds said.
CNN’s Dan Merica and Daniella Diaz contributed to this story.