Warren pulls together largest campaign staff of 2020 rivals: report

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE’s (D-Mass.) presidential campaign has reportedly outpaced her Democratic rivals and even President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE in terms of hiring staffers as she prepares a grass-roots bid for the 2020 nomination.

According to Reuters, Warren has almost twice as many paid campaign staff members as rival Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), and spent more than $1 million on payroll-related expenses in the first quarter of 2019.

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Warren had 161 employees on staff before the Federal Election Commission filing deadline this week, according to documents reviewed by the news service, while Sanders had 86 paid employees, and spent about $417,000 during the quarter.

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.), by comparison, had 44 people on staff, but spent $477,000 on salaries last quarter.

Warren’s campaign even outpaced the Trump campaign, which spend just over $400,000 on payroll for the first quarter of 2019, according to Reuters. Trump’s campaign, however, is reportedly being boosted by the Republican National Committee, which has also begun building its reelection team.

Warren’s expenditures on payroll have led to less spending elsewhere, Reuters noted, adding that she trails both Sanders and Harris in terms of dollars spent on online campaign ads.

The Massachusetts senator has trailed Sanders, Harris and other prominent Democrats including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE in recent polls of early primary states.

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