Donald Trump has gotten a great deal of mainstream media attention for the number of donations to his campaign, but Bernie Sanders announced that he has surpassed 750,000 donors, which means that he is at minimum more than ten times bigger than Trump.
Jennifer Epstein of Bloomberg tweeted the announcement from Sen. Sanders (I-VT) that his campaign has surpassed 750,000 donors:
Bernie Sanders announces at office opening in Nashua that campaign has surpassed 750,000 donors. Avg around $30. pic.twitter.com/qX4qFraWLq
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) October 30, 2015
Here is what the Sanders campaign reported at the end of September:
The campaign closed the books at the end of the Sept. 30 reporting period with almost $27.1 million in the bank after spending about $11.3 million, according to a report filed on Thursday with the Federal Election Commission.
Since his White House bid was launched last April 30, Sanders has banked a total of about $41.4 million, according to the report.
Only 270 of Sanders’ 650,000 donors gave the maximum $2,700 allowed.
To put the staggering numbers of Sen. Sanders into context, Donald Trump has taken in 73,942 contributions. Bernie Sanders has 750,000 donors.
Bernie Sanders has gained 100,000 new donors in a month. His growth is all the more impressive because Hillary Clinton has been on a roll over the last few weeks. The Clinton campaign has taken back the momentum in the Democratic primary race and now leads in three of the first four contests. Clinton also leads nationally among Democrats.
What is happening in the Democratic primary is that the two candidates are running different tracks. Hillary Clinton is running a traditional Democratic primary campaign with one eye looking towards November of 2016.
Bernie Sanders is running a grassroots outsider campaign that is focused on building a national movement that will change American politics. Sen. Sanders wants and is trying to win the Democratic nomination, but also has the bigger goal of returning ownership of the American political process back to the people.
Sen. Sanders is building a movement that will go on even if he doesn’t win the Democratic nomination. The Sanders movement will return to the Senate with him, and the battle against the corporate and billionaires interests will continue.
The Sanders message is resonating to the point where three-quarters of a million Americans have opened their wallets and said enough is enough. Bernie Sanders is steadily building a movement that could change America.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a 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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