The Bernie Sanders campaign has announced that they have now received more than two million campaign contributions, beating the number of donations President Barack Obama had received by this point in 2008, and placing the Vermont senator on track to surpass the record set during the president’s 2012 reelection campaign by the end of the year.
— People For Bernie (@People4Bernie) December 17, 2015
While this figure includes donors who have sent contributions more than once — the campaign has stated that they are rapidly also approaching one million unique contributors.
The average amount of each donation remains small — under $30, yet the presidential hopeful managed to raise a whopping $1.1 million on Wednesday alone, and over $2.4 million in the past 72 hours, since announcing the push to cross the 2 million threshold on Monday.
The campaign set up a ticker for people to track donations in real time as it neared the two million mark, surpassing it on Wednesday evening at 8:11 p.m.
To celebrate the massive achievement, the campaign created a new ad, narrated by Sanders, titled “People Power” which will run online as well as on television. It features photos of some of the wide range of people from all walks of life who have wanted to be part of helping to get him elected.
“Over two million contributions have been made to the only campaign that rejects the corrupt campaign finance system. You can’t level the playing field by taking money from Wall Street banks and billionaires,” Sanders states.
Overall, Sanders has still raised less money than the Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton, $77.5 million to $41.5 million — as of the last Federal Election Commission reporting deadline on September 30 — yet Sanders is catching up, raising$26.2 million in that quarter to Clinton’s $29.9 million. Clinton has also been blowing through her funding at a faster pace than any other candidate, to the point where she was left with only $6 million more than Sanders in her campaign wallet at the end of the reporting period.
Sanders has also still collected a higher amount of donations than any candidate in either party, which speaks to the enthusiasm of his base.
According to the numbers in the last reporting period, Sanders also has far more female campaign donors than Clinton. By the end of September, the Sanders campaign had reported 301,154 women donors, where approximately 240,000 women had donated to Clinton since the start of her campaign.
Perhaps most importantly however, is the fact thatnly 270 of his 800,000+ donors—less than half of 1% —have given the maximum individual contribution of $2,700. This means that the senator can continue to collect donations from the same supporters as his campaign continues. Only 17% of Clinton’s funding has come from small donors, leaving many of her wells tapped until after the primaries.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) December 13, 2015
The Sanders campaign is proof that Americans working together can take on the politicians owned by billionaires and funded by super PACs, and start moving the government back to working for who it is supposed to be — the people.
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