Hillary Clinton just raised a record amount of campaign cash

Hillary clintonREUTERS/Jim YoungFormer U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during an event in Chicago, Illinois June 11, 2014.

Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton is set to raise a record amount of money in her first quarter as a presidential candidate, exceeding expectations of her campaign.

Clinton is on track to raise more than $US45 million in the April-June fundraising quarter, a Clinton campaign official said Wednesday. That would be more than any other primary candidate’s first quarter in history. At $US41.9 million during its first quarter in 2011, President Barack Obama’s campaign held the previous record.

The Clinton campaign official said that 91% of the donations came from people giving $US100 or less. Clinton, on Twitter, posted that she was “especially proud” of that figure.

Clinton posted a handwritten note to supporters, thanking them for “all you’ve done.”

“Thank you so much for being part of this campaign,” Clinton wrote. “I’m grateful for all you’ve done and excited for what comes next.

“When the road ahead is tough, you need the best people by your side. That’s why I’m thankful for you.”

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