Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) hauled in $34.5 million in fourth quarter donations — far surpassing any rivals so far, his campaign announced.
The campaign garnered more than 1.8 million donations in the final three months of 2019, with 40,000 new donors recorded on the final day of the year.
Sanders’ team also says it has received over five million individual donations since launching the campaign in February, a feat they say is more than any Democratic or Republican campaign has received at this point in a presidential election in US history.
The most common occupation of Sanders’ donors was “teacher,” and the average contribution was $18.53.
In total, the Vermont Democrat’s presidential bid has raised more than $96 million.
“Bernie Sanders is closing the year with the most donations of any candidate in history at this point in a presidential campaign,” Sanders’ campaign manager Faiz Shakir said in a statement.
“He is proving each and every day that working class Americans are ready and willing to fully fund a campaign that stands up for them and takes on the biggest corporations and the wealthy.”
Sanders’ numbers far surpass fellow 2020 contender Pete Buttigieg’s $24.7 million fourth quarter fundraising totals.
The former South Bend mayor became the first candidate Wednesday to announce their quarterly fundraising numbers, with his campaign saying that they had raised over $76 million from more than 733,000 individual donors over the course of 2019.
Despite coming under fire in recent weeks for his fundraising practices with bigwig Democratic donors, the campaign said 98% of all contributions in 2019 were under $200 and the average donation was $38.
For the fourth quarter specifically, the former mayor’s campaign received donations from 326,000 individuals with an average contribution of $33.
Entrepreneur and 2020 Democratic hopeful Andrew Yang said his campaign raised $16.5 million from October 31 to Jan 1.
Candidates have until Jan. 31 to disclose their fourth-quarter totals to the Federal Election Commission.
“You build a grassroots movement to beat Donald Trump and create a political revolution one $18 donation at a time, and that’s exactly why Bernie is going to win,” Sanders’ campaign manager Shakir said.
The post Bernie Sanders surpasses rivals by raising $34.5M in final quarter of 2019 appeared first on New York Post.