- Sen. Bernie Sanders has raised roughly $US18.2 million dollars since he hopped into the 2020 presidential race in late February, according to his campaign.
- The money came from approximately 900,000 contributions via roughly 525,000 individual donors.
- Sanders’ campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, said 20% of donations this quarter came from new donors.
- Jeff Weaver, a senior adviser to Sanders’ campaign, said it took 146 days for the senator’s campaign to get to 900,000 contributions in 2016.
Sen. Bernie Sanders has raised roughly $US18.2 million in the 41 days since he announced he’s running for president, according to his 2020 campaign, putting him way ahead of other Democratic candidates in terms of fundraising.
Faiz Shakir, the Vermont senator’s 2020 campaign manager, told reporters on a press call on Tuesday that there were approximately 900,000 donations from 525,000 individual donors with an average of $US20 per donation. In 2016, the average donation for Sanders was $US27. Shakir said 20% of donations this quarter came from new donors and 88% of the money came from people who gave $US200 or less.
Jeff Weaver, a senior adviser to Sanders’ campaign, said it took 146 days for the senator’s campaign to get to 900,000 contributions in 2016. The campaign said Sanders began with $US14 million in the bank from previous campaigns, and ends the first quarter with $US32 million in total and $US28 million in cash on hand.
Sanders’ campaign also touted his numbers with young voters so far.
Shakir told reporters a majority of the campaign’s donors are under the age of 39, which he described as “unprecedented” and “huge for us.” He also said the profession with the most number of donors to the campaign “happened to be teachers,” which he said was a big “point of pride” for the campaign.
Shakir said the numbers reflect positively on how Sanders can take on President Donald Trump and the “powerful special interests” lining up behind him.
“Bernie Sanders is a free man, not captured by industry, and is … going to fight for all the people,” Shakir said.
Shortly thereafter, campaign co-chair Nina Turner, a former Ohio state senator, noted recent polling that showed Sanders dominating the competition with young voters.
“The polling is showing that he is strong among the 18 to 29-year-olds. They really understand the type of future that they want,” Turner said.
A poll conducted by Harvard’s Institute of Politics in early March found Sanders is ahead of his 2020 rivals by double digits with voters between the ages of 18 to 29.
A number of recent polls have put Sandres behind former Vice President Joe Biden in the race for the Democratic nomination. Biden has not yet declared. ‘
Trump raised $US21 million in the final quarter of 2018, with $US19.2 million in cash on hand at the end of the year after spending $US23 million. Approximately 75% of the money Trump raised in that time period came from donors contributing $US200 or less, according to The Washington Post.
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