Sep 19, 2019

Bernie Sanders becomes first candidate to reach 1 million individual donors

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday became the first 2020 contender to announce reaching 1 million individual donors, according to Politico.

Why it matters: Donor sourcing is a hot-button issue for Democrats, with several progressive candidates opting to only accept grassroots donations during the primary. Sanders' campaign staff said he pledged not to accept high-dollar contributions into the general election as well, should he get the Party nomination.

  • The campaign said 99% of donors are eligible to donate again since the vast majority have not contributed the maximum allowable amount. More than 125,000 donors are giving monthly contributions on a recurring basis.
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren hit the 1 million donation milestone in June, but has not yet announced 1 million individual donors to her campaign.

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Bernie Sanders' campaign says it raised $25.3 million in Q3

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Sen. Bernie Sanders' 2020 presidential campaign said this week that it raised $25.3 million in Q3 from 1.4 million donations — with $33.7 million cash in hand.

The big picture: Sanders is the first 2020 candidate to reach 1 million individual donors, highlighting the power of grassroots donations that continue to propel him in the 2020 race. His campaign maintains a fundraising advantage thanks to the massive donor list Sanders built during his 2016 presidential run.

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Elizabeth Warren's campaign says it raised $24.6 million in Q3

Elizabeth Warren in Las Vegas for the Giffords/March for Our Lives forum. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Elizabeth Warren's campaign said on Friday that it raised $24.6 million in the third quarter of 2019, putting her just behind Bernie Sanders for this quarter's fundraising among 2020 Democrats.

Why it matters: Warren swore off "big money fundraisers" at the start of this cycle, but she's managed to rake in a massive amount of money from grassroots, small-dollar donors.

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Trump campaign, RNC say they raised record-breaking $125 million in Q3

Trump leaves a rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Sept. 9. Photo: Preston Ehrler/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

President Trump's re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee said they raised $125 million in the third quarter of 2019 on Tuesday, setting a new presidential fundraising record, with $158 million combined cash on hand.

Context: Former President Obama and the Democratic National Committee raised approximately $70 million for his re-election campaign in 2011's third quarter. "Trump is going to have more resources to deploy earlier and more aggressively than any candidate in history," Dan Pfeiffer, a former senior adviser to Obama, tweeted in response to the news on Oct. 1, when the campaign first announced the haul.

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