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Bernie Sanders Outpaces His 2016 Fundraising

He raises $18.2M in first quarter
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2019 1:37 PM CDT
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont speaks during the We the People Membership Summit at the Warner Theater in Washington, Monday, April 1, 2019.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

(Newser) – Bernie Sanders is the third Democratic candidate to release first-quarter fundraising figures, and he easily jumps to No. 1. Sanders says he pulled in $18.2 million in the first three months of the year, with 88% coming from donations of $200 or less, reports the New York Times. Earlier, Kamala Harris announced she raised $12 million and Pete Buttigieg $7 million. A big remaining question: How much will Beto O'Rourke get? Like Sanders, he had raised about $6 million on his campaign's first day. Politico notes that Sanders surpassed his fundraising from the first quarter of his 2016 campaign, when he pulled in $15 million. (Sanders' campaign workers have notched a historic first.)

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