Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign announced on Monday that it raised $12 million in the second fundraising quarter of this year. That amount — when combined with the cash his allied groups brought in — catapults the Florida senator to the top tier of GOP candidates in terms of fundraising.
In addition to the $12 million raised, Rubio’s leadership political action committee brought in $1.2 million, while a super PAC and non-profit policy group backing Rubio raised $32 million. That brings Team Rubio’s total haul to about $45.2 million.
While the amount is impressive, it still puts him in third place in the overall GOP money race. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is far ahead in first after his campaign and allied super PAC brought in a massive $114 million haul in the first half of the year. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas came in second with $51 million during that same time frame.
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s campaign and outside groups backing him have raised $17.9 million while former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina reported a total of $4.8 million. Candidates must file their April-June numbers to federal officials by July 15, while super PACs supporting those candidates have until July 31 to file reports.
Rubio’s campaign said it received donations from all 50 states and touted the amount of grassroots donations it received. The median donation was $50, while the most frequent donation was $25. Rubio received strong support in his home state — where he’s competing with Bush — with more than 12,000 contributors giving a total of $2.2 million to his campaign.
On the Democratic side, front-runner Hillary Clinton’s campaign has said it brought in $45 million in the second quarter of this year, with Priorities USA Action, the super PAC supporting Clinton, saying it would report a $15.6 million haul for the quarter. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator who’s taking on Clinton in the Democratic primary, said that he’s brought in $15 million since announcing his presidential bid on April 30.