Kirsten Gillibrand Raised $3 Million in First Quarter of 2020 Run, Campaign Says

WASHINGTON — Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s presidential campaign raised $3 million in the first quarter of the year, a spokeswoman said on Sunday, a disappointing sum that ranked her last among the six senators currently running for president.

Ms. Gillibrand, New York’s Democratic junior senator, has made running as a woman a central theme of her candidacy, and nearly two-thirds of the campaign’s donors were women, said the spokeswoman, Meredith Kelly.

Ms. Kelly did not disclose how many donors the campaign had, but she said that 92 percent of contributions were under $200.

Given her modest haul so far, Ms. Gillibrand will likely need to rely heavily upon the roughly $10 million in campaign funds she had left over after her Senate re-election bid last year. Only a few 2020 candidates had such a large cash stockpile to supplement their presidential fund-raising.

Ms. Gillibrand transferred $9.6 million from her Senate account to her presidential campaign, and the campaign ended the quarter with $10.2 million in cash on hand, Ms. Kelly said.

In a memo on Sunday, Ms. Gillibrand’s campaign suggested that her fund-raising had been hampered by a continuing backlash to her decision in 2017 to call for the resignation of a fellow Democratic senator, Al Franken of Minnesota, over sexual harassment allegations.

“There’s no question that the first quarter was adversely impacted by certain establishment donors — and many online — who continue to punish Kirsten for standing up for her values and for women,” the memo, which was obtained by The New York Times, said.

Monday is the deadline for candidates to report their first-quarter fund-raising to the Federal Election Commission, and the announcement by Ms. Gillibrand’s campaign came after many of her rivals had already revealed their fund-raising totals.

Ms. Gillibrand’s total for the first quarter ranks, at best, eighth among 2020 Democrats. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont leads the candidates with $18.2 million raised in the quarter, followed by Senator Kamala Harris of California with $12 million, former Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas with $9.4 million and Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., with more than $7 million, according to figures announced by the campaigns.

Ms. Gillibrand also trails the other senators in the race who are not toward the top of the Democratic field in fund-raising. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts raised more than $6 million, Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota raised more than $5.2 million and Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey raised more than $5 million, their campaigns have said.

Ms. Gillibrand’s total, collected over a period of two and a half months, is roughly half of what Mr. Sanders and Mr. O’Rourke each raised in the first 24 hours of their presidential bids, according to their campaigns.