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2020 Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders said Tuesday that his campaign brought in $18 million from "nearly 1 million donors" during the second quarter of 2019.

Why it matters: Sanders is relying on the power of small donors to fund his campaign. He's been able to do so after developing an extensive network of supporters following his high-profile 2016 presidential run.

The big picture: Sanders raised $18.2 million during the first quarter, more than any other candidate. However, some other Democratic contenders appear to be catching up and even surpassing him in the 2nd quarter — most notably South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who said Tuesday his campaign raised $24.8 million in Q2.

By the numbers:

  • Sanders raised $18 million, but will be reporting $24 million to the Federal Election Commission after transferring $6 million from other accounts.
  • The campaign said it received "almost 200,000 individual donations" since the day of the first debate.
  • The average donation was $18.

What to watch: July 15 is the FEC filing deadline for Q2. More candidates to release their fundraising numbers in the two weeks until then.

Go deeper: Track every candidate's Q1 fundraising totals

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  2. Politics: Azar says deadly Capitol siege could "tarnish" Trump administration's legacy — Biden says, "We will manage the hell out of" vaccine distribution.
  3. Vaccine: Battling Black mistrust of the vaccines"Pharmacy deserts" could become vaccine deserts — Instacart to give $25 to shoppers who get vaccine.
  4. Economy: Unemployment filings explode againFed chair: No interest rate hike coming any time soon —  Inflation rose more than expected in December.
  5. World: WHO team arrives in China to investigate pandemic origins.
Bryan Walsh, author of Future
9 mins ago - Politics & Policy

America is anxious, angry and heavily armed

Data: FBI; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Firearms background checks in the U.S. hit a record high in 2020.

The big picture: This past year took our collective arsenal to new heights, with millions of Americans buying guns for the first time. That trend coincides with a moment of peak political and social tension.

Mike Allen, author of AM
1 hour ago - Economy & Business

America on borrowed time

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Economic recovery will not be linear as the world continues to grapple with the uncertainty of the pandemic.

Why it matters: Despite being propped up by an extraordinary amount of fiscal stimulus and support from central banks, the state of the global economy remains fragile.