The Buttigieg bump:
Mayor Pete challenges Kamala Harris for California cash

Harris holds the lead, for now

Kamala Harris continues to lead all Democratic challengers so far among California donors of $200 or more, whose identities are revealed in campaign disclosures.

However, her home-state advantage narrowed in recent months. Upstarts in the race like South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg out-raised her here by $500,000 in the most recent quarter, according to new filings released this week.

California donors of over $200
1. Donald Trump (R)
President of the United States
$15,828,201
2. Kamala Harris (D)
Senator from California
8,788,968
3. Pete Buttigieg (D)
Mayor of South Bend, Ind.
4,329,652
4. Joe Biden (D)
Former vice president
2,367,679
5. Bernie Sanders (D)
Senator from Vermont
2,177,835
6. Elizabeth Warren (D)
Senator from Massachusetts
1,928,802
7. Cory Booker (D)
Senator from New Jersey
1,685,145
8. Kirsten Gillibrand (D)
Senator from New York
924,189
9. Michael Bennet (D)
Senator from Colorado
863,138
10. Amy Klobuchar (D)
Senator from Minnesota
778,247
11. Julian Castro (D)
Former Housing secretary
652,349
12. Beto O'Rourke (D)
Former congressman from Texas
617,570
13. Jay Inslee (D)
Governor of Washington
588,244
14. Andrew Yang (D)
Founder of Venture for America
494,587
15. Marianne Williamson (D)
Author of self help and spiritual books
466,257
16. Tulsi Gabbard (D)
Congresswoman from Hawaii
433,653
17. John Hickenlooper (D)
Former governor of Colorado
385,724
18. Steve Bullock (D)
Governor of Montana
366,895
19. John Delaney (D)
Former congressman from Maryland
177,689
20. Tim Ryan (D)
Congressman from Ohio
142,085
21. Seth Moulton (D)
Representative from Massachusetts
124,858
22. Bill de Blasio (D)
Mayor of New York City
12,850
23. Wayne Messam (D)
Mayor of Miramar, Fla.
2,450

The Buttigieg bump

Nationwide, Buttigieg raised more money over the last three months than any other Democrat in the race. That was thanks in large part to more than $3.8 million in checks over $200 from California.

A bold performance at the first debate last month appeared to pay dividends for Harris with a late spike to close the reporting period.

Note: A small number of contributions without a date disclosed have been excluded.

Where the cash comes from

Harris' lead is thanks in part to early backing from wealthy donors in Hollywood and the Bay Area, many of whom supported her earlier bids for local and state office. A reception at the Pacific Palisades home of filmmaker J.J. Abrams drew television producer Shonda Rhimes, actress Elizabeth Banks and music giant Quincy Jones.

Buttigieg's rise has been boosted by big checks from long-standing Democratic donors Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg as well as Hollywood stars like comedian Sarah Silverman and the power couple of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi.

Sources: Federal Election Commission, Times analysis

About the data: Totals on this page include all contributions made to the candidates’ presidential committees and other groups working on a candidate’s behalf. The records are drawn from filings made with the Federal Election Commission.

Credits: Photo editing by Priya Krishnakumar