Bernie Sanders Tops Democratic Fundraising So Far With $18.2 Million Haul

Cheryl Sanders
April 3, 2019

His closest competitor is Harris, who hauled in $12 million from around 250,000 contributors in her first six weeks of campaigning.

Sanders' campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, said the senator's first-quarter fundraising total was made up of roughly 900,000 individual donations from 525,000 people across all USA states and territories.

Sanders reported $6 million in fundraising in the first 24 hours of the campaign. That followed Sanders, who raised $5.9m in his first day - and later disclosed he had raised $10m in a week.

The number of individual donations fell short of the campaign's established goal of 1 million.

While most 2020 candidates have yet to make their first quarter finance reports public, Sanders' early fundraising is expected to largely eclipse other Democrats running in the crowded presidential field.

While Sanders raised more in the first quarter of this year than he did four years ago, when he raised $15 million in the first quarter, his $18 million is still well below the $46 million Hillary Clinton raised in the first three months of her failed 2016 White House bid.

Adding in the money left over from his previous campaigns for the U.S. Senate, the Sanders campaign reported having a total of $28 million of cash on hand, a total they say puts them in prime position to compete across the country. Sanders took in more than half his $18.2 million during the first week of his campaign.

Ninety-eight percent of Harris's contributions were under $100, and 99.45 percent of her donors can contribute again, the campaign said.

There are a total of 16 candidates that have officially entered the race so far, and their initial fundraising numbers will give a good initial indicator at how successful they've been on the fundraising front in the campaign's early stages. While many Democratic candidates have eschewed raising money in traditional donor circles, Harris has not. Forty percent of the campaign's aides are people of color, Shakir said.

The poll, taken between March 8 and 20, shows that Sanders nabs 33 percent of the male vote and 29 percent of the female vote, for 31 percent overall.

"This is a big deal, I've got to tell you", Buttigieg said, explaining the numbers in a Facebook video.

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