Bernie Sanders Leads Democratic Fundraising With $18.2 Million Haul

Bernie Sanders Leads Democratic Fundraising With $18.2 Million Haul

Bernie Sanders Leads Democratic Fundraising With $18.2 Million Haul

Sander campaign officials said his first-quarter donations will enable him to hire new staff and expand operations in early voting states in 2020's primary contests, which begin in Iowa in February. His team said 98 percent of donations were under $200, and almost all donations raised were made online.

Weaver also made the point that the campaign reached these numbers at a much quicker pace than they did in 2016, when it took them over 100 days to reach the same fundraising total and 146 days to reach the same number of individual donors.

The 2008 presidential showdown is the most recent race where a large field of candidates declared early and reported fundraising in the first quarter.

Prominent candidates Beto O'Rourke and Senator Elizabeth Warren are among several 2020 hopefuls expected to release their first quarter figures in the coming days.

The campaign said that "a majority" of O'Rourke's presidential donors had not contributed to his campaign past year for a Senate seat from Texas in which he came up short against Sen. Kamala Harris and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg have also reported impressive totals for the first quarter of the year, which ended on Sunday.

The fundraising speed outpaced Sanders' first presidential bid in 2016, when he raised 15.2 million dollars in the first two months of his campaign.

Sanders, Harris and Buttigieg touted their fundraising numbers on social media. Her campaign was slow to get off the ground as she struggled to put the controversy over her Native American heritage behind her.

According to CNN, O'Rourke's campaign reports raising $9.4 million from 218,000 contributions, although the campaign did not specify the total number of contributions. Former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas didn't offer a fundraising total Tuesday, but aides said he raised more than $1 million over the weekend and previously said he raised more than $6 million in his first 24 hours as a candidate.

Just as important as the bottom line: Buttigieg said he has nearly 160,000 unique donors, a mark that meets the new grassroots fundraising threshold that the Democratic National Committee has set for candidates to qualify for the initial summer debates. She has just $1.3 million to transfer to her presidential campaign. "Because they wanted to maximize who heard their views", Greenwald tweeted, showing a picture from one of Obama's appearances with the ousted Fox News host. If he enters the race, he'll have between then and June 30, the end of the second fundraising quarter, to prove those doubters wrong.

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