Oct 1, 2019

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.

By the numbers: Sanders' numbers are up nearly $7 million from Q2, when he raised $18 million.

  • Sanders' campaign says the average donation was $18.07.
  • The campaign has raised $61.5 million since its February launch.

What to watch: Sanders was one of the first 2020 heavyweights to release his Q3 numbers.

  • It's the biggest quarter from a 2020 Democrat so far in the race, but he might not end up leading the pack — as his main progressive rival, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, is riding a wave of poll momentum.

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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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Beto O'Rourke campaign says it raised $4.5 million in Q3

Beto O'Rourke speaks at CNN's LGBTQ town hall on Oct. 10, 2019. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke's campaign said on Friday that it raised $4.5 million in Q3, which puts the candidate in the bottom rung of 2020 Democrats' fundraising for the quarter.

The state of play: Sen. Bernie Sanders currently leads all 2020 Democrats in Q3 fundraising with $25.3 million, followed by Elizabeth Warren with $24.6 million, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg with $19.1 million. President Trump's re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee recently said they raised a whopping $125 million for Q3, setting a new presidential fundraising record.

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