Cynthia Nixon has already raked in more small-dollar contributions in one day than her rival Gov. Andrew Cuomo did in seven years, the star actress’ campaign announced Thursday.
According to the data, the newly minted Democratic primary challenger to Cuomo, who announced her candidacy on Monday, received 2,214 contributions of less than $200 in just one day.
Using an analysis of contributions to Gov. Cuomo from 2011 to the present, the Nixon campaign determined that her small-donation total in just a single day exceeded that of his over seven years (approximately 1,369 donations).
The New York Times reported that Cuomo has raised a vast majority of money from donations exceeding $1,000.
“Andrew Cuomo has built a $31 million war chest from wealthy corporate interests, lobbyists, and billionaires,” Nixon's campaign manager Nicole Aro said in a statement. “And with just 0.1 percent of his support coming from small donations from everyday New Yorkers, that tells you exactly the chance that Cuomo will care about your concerns: 0.1 percent.”
While a recent poll found that Nixon trailed Cuomo massively among Democratic voters in the state, candidates have found enormous success recently from using the small-donor model.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) famously rode a wave of small donations through the 2016 Democratic presidential primary.
In particular, Democratic candidates like Nixon have been using the fundraising service ActBlue to raise money in recent races. And in February of this year, the website announced that candidates and groups using the service had in fact raised more than in February 2016, which of course, was a presidential election year.