Andrew Yang continues to cement his front runner status in the New York City mayoral race by running the table in early fundraising. He hit 11,000 individual local donors over the weekend, triggering an influx of US$2 million in matching funds from the city. Yang brought in more than US$1 million in total donations before getting the new cash influx, with more than US$250,000 coming from city residents, according to a memo released by his campaign on Sunday. The average donation came in at US$84, according to the Yang campaign. Small donors are matched by a rate of eight to one, with Yang becoming the fourth Democrat in the primary to hit the matching threshold along with lawyer and former MSNBC contributor Maya Wiley, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, and NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer. Andrew Yang officially running for New York mayor The 46-year-old former presidential candidate has a national following from his 2020 Democratic primary bid, but many of the most dedicated in the #YangGang are unable to help his mayoral run as much as they did when he was running for president. Residency requirements and spending limits under the Big Apple’s public campaign finance programme mean that Yang supporters who do not live in New York City can’t help the campaign reach the threshold for matching funds. However, with the arrival of Anthony Mercurio, a former Pete Buttigieg campaign alumnus with expertise in less frequented New York City political donors, Yang has shot past the rest of the field in fundraising despite entering the race much later than most of the other candidates. Yang also has a commanding lead in early polling, with his campaign touting his current base of support of around 25-30 per cent of New Yorkers as only the floor for his growing Big Apple mayoral bid. The Yang campaign memo also touted his small donor coalition as crossing over several “lanes” of support, which they argue bodes well for the city’s new ranked choice voting system. US doctor who assaulted Andrew Yang’s pregnant wife hit with sex charges “Because we don’t fall into one traditional ‘lane,’ we expect to take some voters from every lane as first, second or third choice,” co-campaign managers Sasha Ahuja and Chris Coffey wrote in the memo. The major planks of Yang’s campaign would create a “people’s bank” in New York along with “the largest basic income programme in the country,” an offering that would benefit many New Yorkers struggling nearly a year into the pandemic. The direct payment programme would offer families living in “extreme poverty with an average of $2,000 per year,” according to Yang’s campaign website. Yang has also promised to leverage his relationship with the Biden administration to help the Big Apple recover economically with more federal programmes. Name recognition is a major factor in Yang’s polling and fundraising success so far, particularly in a crowded field in the Democratic primary that is now well into the teens, with eight candidates qualifying for the first major debate in late January. Andrew Yang does the math, drops out of 2020 US presidential race However, Yang’s late entry to the race still leaves him far behind the likes of Adams and Stringer in fundraising, with Wiley and former Citigroup executive Ray McGuire also boasting strong war chests. Adams is emerging as perhaps the strongest alternative to Yang, with the most widespread financial support from New Yorkers across the five boroughs, as well as deep ties to various constituencies through his time in local politics. Yang’s campaign is betting on a decline in influence surrounding endorsements from local groups and politicians, building their operation around a “digital-first campaign that leverages technology and scalable relational organising” instead. Read Business Insider’s story .