Behind Clinton's Cash, a $33M Bern Sanders had a very profitable Q4 of 2015, but he's spending heavily By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff Posted Jan 3, 2016 10:36 AM CST 90 comments Comments In this Nov. 14, 2015 file photo, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley take the stage for a debate in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) (Newser) – The final quarter of 2015 was pretty kind to Bernie Sanders, who put up some impressive fundraising numbers on his way to giving Hillary Clinton a run for her money: The Vermont independent raked in $33 million, reports USA Today, which puts him just $4 million behind Clinton over the same time period. Sanders' average donation was $27.16, which his campaign manager says is proof "that we can run a strong national campaign without a super PAC and without depending on millionaires and billionaires." Sanders pulled in $73 million over the course of 2015, but USA Today notes that he's also ripping through that cash: he had just $28.4 million left at the end of the year. Clinton, meanwhile, raised $112 million in 2015, and had about $38 million left.