Bernie Sanders Raises $18.2 Million in First 41 Days

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Sanders announced this week his campaign has raised $18.2 million in 41 days of fundraising, placing him as a clear current frontrunner among the 2020 presidential hopefuls. Of 525,000 individual contributors, roughly 20 percent, or a little over 100,000, are new donors. The political world is watching to see what ex-Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke has raised after saying he had pulled in $6.1 million in his first day, topping Sanders' one-day total of $5.9 million.

Adding in the money left over from his previous campaigns for the U.S. Senate, the Sanders campaign reported having a total of $28 million of cash on hand, a total they say puts them in prime position to compete across the country.

Every Democratic contender has ramped up the importance of their fundraising haul for the first few months of the 2020 cycle, characterizing fundraising totals as the barometer for the viability of their respective campaigns. The majority of donors were young, he said, and that the occupation most likely to give were teachers.

Sanders' first quarter haul exceeded that of California Sen. Sanders' campaign says the senator got 88% of his money from donors who contributed $200 or less.

Sanders has been performing well in presidential polls, typically leading all 2020 candidates who have announced so far, and trailing only potential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden in some surveys.

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Sanders already is expanding his campaign operations in key early-voting states, according to Jeff Weaver, a senior adviser to the candidate. Harris raised $12 million for the quarter, and Buttigieg, the Democratic mayor of South Bend, Ind., boasted just over $7 million in donations for his presidential bid.

Just as important as the bottom line: Buttigieg said he has nearly 160,000 unique donors, a mark that meets the new grassroots fundraising threshold that the Democratic National Committee has set for candidates to qualify for the initial summer debates.

Harris isn't eschewing high-dollar fundraisers.

Candidates have until April 15 to file their fundraising reports with the Federal Election Commission.

Harris said she had 218,000 contributions; 98 percent were under $100; and the average donation to her campaign was $55. But other candidates whose fundraising has also been fueled by small contributions have also given a peek at their numbers. Traditional fundraising isn't going away, Giffin said in a recent interview, "but that grassroots money can more than make up for it, and candidates have to prove they can do that".

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