Elizabeth Warren Campaign Says First Hour of Las Vegas Democratic Debate Was Best Hour of Fundraising Ever

Senator Elizabeth Warren's campaign received a fundraising boost during the first hour of Wednesday night's Democratic debate in Nevada.

"That, my friends, was the Warren campaign's best hour of fundraising *to date*," tweeted Warren's Chief Mobilization Officer Caitlin Mitchell. "Keep it up. #DemDebate"

That, my friends, was the Warren campaign’s best hour of fundraising *to date*. Keep it up. 🔥🔥🔥 #DemDebate https://t.co/9cEkkJUQVF

— Caitlin Mitchell (@k8thegr8est) February 20, 2020

According to Warren's campaign website, an update of fundraising totals is expected to be provided when the debate is over.

Warren's campaign had reported a fundraising drop in the fourth quarter of 2019, only raising $21.2 million. That number marked a steep decline from the third quarter in which her campaign raised $24.7 million.

In the midst of a drive to raise $7 million dollars, Warren delivered a strong performance during the first hour of the debate which may have contributed to the rise in campaign donations.

Newsweek reached out to Warren's campaign for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks during the Democratic presidential primary debate at Paris Las Vegas on February 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mario Tama/Getty

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was the target of some of Warren's pointed attacks. The senator went after the candidate in his first debate appearance about the recent revelation that some staffers on Bloomberg's staff were asked to sign nondisclosure agreements, which could prevent some staffers from reporting sexual harassment.

"This is not just a question of the mayor's character," Warren said. "This is also a question about electability. We are not going to beat Donald Trump with a man who has who knows how many non-disclosure agreements and the drip, drip, drip of stories of women saying they have been harassed and discriminated against."

Warren also brought up some of Bloomberg's past quotes about women.

"I'd like to talk about who we're running against," Warren said, "a billionaire who calls women fat broads and horse-faced lesbians. No, I'm not talking about Donald Trump. I'm talking about Michael Bloomberg," referring to comments Bloomberg made in 1990 about the U.K. royal family.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders' also claimed a measure of fundraising success during the first half of the debate.

".@BernieSanders' campaign says that in the first hour of this debate tonight, he received more than 15 *thousand* online donations totaling $300,000," tweeted Elizabeth Landers of Vice News.

.@BernieSanders' campaign says that in the first hour of this debate tonight, he received more than 15 *thousand* online donations totaling $300,000.

— Elizabeth Landers (@ElizLanders) February 20, 2020

Sanders' campaign raked in over $34.5 million in donations during the fourth quarter of 2019, more than any of the other candidates.

In January alone, the Sanders camp raised $25 million which was reportedly the highest amount of donations his campaign had received in a single month since he joined the presidential race in 2019.

Outpourings of financial support in the aftermath of a political debate are not uncommon. After the February debate in New Hampshire, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar reported donations of $2 million.

"With proven grassroots support, Amy continues to outperform expectations and punch above her weight," said Klobuchar's campaign manager Justin Buoen in a statement. "Following her debate performance, we've raised $2 million and have seen an outpouring of donations from all 50 states which will allow us to compete in New Hampshire and beyond."