Bernie Sanders Smokes Rivals on Fundraising

He pulls in $34.5M in 4th quarter, far more than anyone else
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2020 9:40 AM CST
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during his Bernie's Big New Year's Bash on Tuesday in Des Moines, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

(Newser) – Bernie Sanders just had the best fundraising quarter of any Democratic candidate in 2019: He pulled in $34.5 million in the final three months of the year, reports NBC News. The big number, raised mainly through small donations online, might deliver a "financial jolt" in the Democratic race and serves as evidence that the Sanders campaign is riding a wave of recent momentum, per the Washington Post. Over the entire year, the Sanders campaign said it received more than 5 million contributions, with an average donation of $18, reports Politico. While the quarterly number beats all Democratic rivals, it's short of what President Trump's 2020 campaign raised in the same quarter: $46 million.

Joe Biden has yet to announce his fourth-quarter total, though he's not expected to surpass Sanders. Candidates who've announced their quarterly fundraising totals:

  • Pete Buttigieg: $24.7 million
  • Elizabeth Warren: $17 million as of last week, though she hoped to hit $20 million
  • Andrew Yang: $16.5 million, showing a big uptick; by contrast, he brought in less than $2 million during the first quarter
  • Cory Booker: Says he's exceeded the $6 million raised in the previous quarter
  • Tulsi Gabbard: $3.4 million
(Read more Bernie Sanders stories.)

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