Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has made history by raising more money than every 2016 Republican presidential candidate, and every 2012 Republican presidential candidate not named Mitt Romney.
According to The New York Times:
Mr. Sanders, the socialist Vermont senator, running for the Democratic presidential nomination, has raised at least $8.3 million online through June 17, according to Federal Election Commission records. His campaign won’t file its initial report until July 15, but filings by ActBlue, the online fund-raising committee that serves as a conduit for Democratic campaigns, show that Mr. Sanders has brought in more money in May and the first half of June than any other Democratic candidate using ActBlue.
It’s likely that Mr. Sanders will report more than $9 million raised as of June 30, the deadline for midyear F.E.C. reports. That amount is larger than any Republican not named Mitt Romney raised in the first half of 2011.
The only candidate who will raise more money than Bernie Sanders is Hillary Clinton. What’s impressive about Sen. Sanders accomplishment is where the money is coming from. According to Sanders, his campaign has more than 200,000 donors who give about $45 each.
Bernie Sanders is raising more money than every Republican presidential candidate because people believe in him and his message. In terms of dollars, Republicans will continue to rely on a handful of billionaires to bankroll their super PACs, but President Obama’s reelection campaign demonstrated that small individual donors are a barometer of success at the polls.
The individuals who give money to presidential campaigns are the most likely to show up and vote. They are the most committed of supporters, and Republicans have struggled for years to mobilize the type of authentic grassroots support that is rallying around Sen. Sanders (I-VT).
Hillary Clinton is a phenomenal candidate, and against any other Democrat not named Obama, Sanders would probably be leading the field.
Bernie Sanders is putting together a genuine movement of the people, and the billionaires are being put notice that the American people are coming to take their country back.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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