Bernie Sanders reported Tuesday that he had raised $25.3 million over the last three months, the largest quarterly sum a Democratic presidential hopeful has posted this year. But it’s just one-fifth compared to Trump’s fundraising at the same time.
The Vermont senator said he’s now raised $61.5 million from 3.3 million individual donors since his February White House bid was launched, making an average contribution of $19.
Pete Buttigieg also released his numbers, pulling in $19.1 million for the quarter. Buttigieg has raised more than $51 million since entering the race as a long-shot contender last winter.
Meanwhile California Sen. Kamala Harris has raised $11.6 million in the past three months.
Cory Booker lately advised that he would probably have to pull out unless he saw his fundraising figures go up by an extra $1.7 million. The New Jersey senator announced Tuesday he was “proud” of his team for surpassing the goal while pulling in a total of $6 million for the quarter.
With Iowa’s caucuses looming in February, there is a growing sense of urgency among the candidates as the primary contest becomes a fierce battle for a limited pool of cash. Those who continue to muddle along in the lower tier of candidates will face challenges paying for advertising to amplify their message.
Trump campaign raised record $125 million
In the third-quarter of the year, President Donald Trump’s campaign for re-election and the Republican National Committee raised $125 million, a record for presidential fundraising.
RNC said Tuesday that it has raised more than $308 million in 2019 and has more than $156 million in the bank. Meanwhile, former President Barack Obama and the DNC raised just over $70 million in the third-quarter of 2011.
“President Trump has built a juggernaut of a campaign, raising record amounts of money at a record pace,” said Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale.
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel credited Democratic attacks on Trump for motivating supporters to donate in record numbers.
“We are investing millions on the airwaves and on the ground to hold House Democrats accountable, highlight their obstruction, and take back the House and re-elect President Trump in 2020,” she said.
Last week, House Democrats launched their impeachment effort but President Trump has turned it into a flood of campaign cash. The Trump campaign reported raising $13 million in the three days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the inquiry last week. And Trump’s son Eric tweeted later that the total grew to $15 million.
Includes reporting from the Associated Press