Apr 2, 2019

Bernie Sanders has raised $18.2 million since campaign launch

Sen. Bernie Sanders. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders announced Tuesday that he has raised $18.2 million from more than 900,000 individual donations since launching his campaign on Feb. 19.

By the numbers: Sanders raised $5.9 million in the first 24 hours after announcing his candidacy. His campaign told reporters on a press call that he has $28 million cash on-hand thanks to transfers from pre-existing funds, and that out of 525,000 contributors, 20% are new.

For comparison:

  • Sanders: $18.2 million from 525,000 donors in 41 days; average donation of $20
  • Sen. Kamala Harris: $12 million from 138,000 donors in 70 days; average donation of $55
  • Mayor Pete Buttigieg: $7 million from 158,550 donors in 68 days; average donation of $36.35

What to watch: Beto O'Rourke, who raised $6.1 million in the first 24 hours of his candidacy, will soon reveal his fundraising figures for Q1. He has been in the race for 18 days.

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Trump threatens to deploy military amid national unrest

President Trump announced from the White House Rose Garden Monday evening that he is "mobilizing all available federal resources, civilian and military" to stop violent protests across the country, decrying "professional anarchists, looters, criminals, antifa and others" whose actions have "gripped" the nation.

The backdrop: Trump's announcement came as police clashed with protesters just outside of the White House, using tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse crowds chanting, "Hands up, don't shoot," and other slogans. Flash bangs used outside the White House could be heard from the Rose Garden.

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Autopsies say George Floyd's death was homicide

Police watch as demonstrators block a roadway while protesting the death of George Floyd in Miami. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Preliminary results from an independent autopsy commissioned by George Floyd's family found that his death in the custody of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was "homicide caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain," according to a statement from the family's attorney.

The latest: An updated official autopsy released by the Hennepin County medical examiner also determined that the manner of Floyd's death was "homicide," ruling it was caused by "cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdued, restraint, and neck compression."

The Biden-Trump split screen

Photos via Getty Images: Jim Watson/AFP (L); Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency (R)

The differences between former Vice President Joe Biden and President Trump are plain as day as the two respond to recent protests.

Why it matters: Americans are seeing firsthand how each presidential nominee responds to a national crisis happening during a global pandemic.