Bernie Sanders raises $18.2 million for White House run, takes fundraising lead

Arturo Kim
April 5, 2019

The campaign also said Tuesday that it had roughly 100 people now on staff and Weaver touted plans to begin hiring in "the all-important" state of California, which moved up its primary date for 2020.

The 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, raised seven million USA dollars, calling it "a great look for our first quarter".

The 2020 presidential primary is shaping up to be fiercely competitive, with other candidates showing impressive fundraising ability despite not yet revealing their total for the quarter. O'Rourke's campaign did not reveal how many individuals donors contributed to it or how much cash he has on hand, even though O'Rourke launched his presidential bid by telling reports in Iowa that he plans to "run the largest grassroots campaign this country has ever seen". The senator's campaign noted that of his 525,000 unique donors, about 20% are new, about 100,000 are registered independents and about 20,000 are registered Republicans.

This solidifies Sanders' position as a frontrunner in the Democrat's presidential race according to Tillett.

He has sworn off donations from lobbyists and political action committees. Sanders is likely to tout the $20 figure, given the growing emphasis on small-dollar donations in Democratic politics.

Final fundraising tallies from January through March won't come out until April 15 when candidates officially file their numbers with the FEC.

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One reason the first quarter reports are so important is that the Democratic National Committee instituted a fundraising and polling policy that outlines who can qualify for Democratic primary debates.

The first Democrat primary debate will be held from June 26 to 27 in Miami.

O'Rourke said his average contribution was US$43, with 98 per cent of his donations coming from people giving less than US$200. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) standout.

Ms Harris is the only candidate of that group to release her fundraising totals.

O'Rourke's strength as a small-dollar fundraiser was part of what propelled him from a loss in last year's Texas Senate race - where he smashed Senate campaign fundraising records with an $80 million haul - to the 2020 presidential campaign. While many Democratic candidates have eschewed raising money in traditional donor circles, Harris has not.

Ross Greer, a Green member of Scottish Parliament, in February publicly declared his support of Sanders in an appearance on the television show Scotland Tonight.

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