Bernie Sanders raises $18.2m in 41 days, averaging $20 a donation

Bernie Sanders raises $18.2m in 41 days, averaging $20 a donation

But the decision by Sanders, who is one of the leading Democratic candidates in the race, sparked swift backlash among progressive media operatives, who suggested that the senator would legitimize a network whose programming has been so clearly geared towards boosting Donald Trump.

O'Rourke's campaign emphasized the short window between his launch and the close of the year's first fundraising quarter - noting that his average of $520,000 per day is the most any candidate has raised.

As impressive as Sanders' fundraising has been, it's not as large as previous presidential contenders who were more reliant on big donors. 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.

Sanders' campaign said it has accumulated a total of nearly 900,000 contributions in 41 days; a total, it says, that took 146 days to reach in his 2016 bid.

Sanders' average donation clocked in at around $20.

Nina Turner, an adviser to the Sanders campaign, said on the press call that "people power is just as important as the money", but the sheer number of small donations show the "energy and synergy this campaign is reflecting all over the country".

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Candidates are required by law to track and report all campaign donations, and those collected in the first quarter must be disclosed by April 15.

Obama's massive $25.7 million haul was a reported as a massive victory for the IL senator and a major blow to Clinton, who had hoped to crush her competition in total fundraising.

That haul puts O'Rourke in the top tier of presidential campaign fundraising, and on a per-day basis puts him ahead of the rest of the field, at over a half-million dollars a day. Candidates are limited to collecting $2,800 from a single donor during the primary process. Former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas didn't offer a fundraising total Tuesday, but aides said he raised more than $1 million over the weekend and previously said he raised more than $6 million in his first 24 hours as a candidate. Harris is the only candidate of that group to release her fundraising totals.

It's a new day in Democratic politics, with small donors carrying the day. They are also likely to invest in the campaign in other ways, such as knocking on doors or phone banking.

But Shakir said the near-miss was an example of the campaign's bold ambitions. "That's not this campaign".

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