(WASHINGTON) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a grassroots juggernaut, once again showed his prolific fundraising prowess in the last quarter of 2019 by pulling in a massive $34.5 million haul over three months, which is more than any other Democrat in a single quarter this cycle, his campaign announced Thursday.
Sanders’ sum, from more than 1.8 million donations, puts the senator’s total 2019 fundraising at more than $96 million raised since his campaign launched in February — and positions his campaign for a deep-pocketed, early state push for the weeks leading into the early primaries and caucuses. “Bernie Sanders is closing the year with the most donations of any candidate in history at this point in a presidential campaign,” Sanders’ campaign manager Faiz Shakir said in a statement. A statement from the campaign notes that Sanders took in $18 million in the month of December alone, his “best” fundraising month so far this cycle.
On Wednesday, Sanders’ campaign sent an email to supporters announcing that the campaign had met its year-end goal of five million individual contributions with an average donation of $18.53.
Also on Wednesday, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, the first Democratic presidential candidate to release fundraising totals for the months of October, November and December, announced that he raised more than $24.7 million.
That brought Buttigieg’s total to more than $76 million since the beginning of the year from more than two million donations and more than 733,000 individuals, according to his campaign. The average donation is roughly $33 for the quarter.
Andrew Yang outperforms best quarter by millions, raises more than $16.5 million in Q4Andrew Yang, the businessman and political outsider, raised more than $16.5 million in the final quarter of 2019, a strong showing and a new high for his campaign.
Yang raised over 165% more than he had in the previous fundraising quarter, and his campaign saw its best fundraising day of the entire campaign on New Year’s Eve, taking in $1.3 million on the last day of the quarter. “At every turn in this race, Andrew Yang continues to exceed expectations whether it’s in terms of grassroots fundraising, making the debates, early state polling, or the ability to draw big crowds,” Yang campaign chief Nick Ryan said in a press release. After the Democratic National Committee rejected Yang’s request that it commission four early state polls ahead of the next debate qualifying deadline, the campaign said it saw a “massive uptick in contributions.” According to the campaign, Yang has received over one million total contributions from 400,000 individual donors. The average donation is $30, and 98% of online donations are under $200. Tulsi Gabbard has her best quarter yetHawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard raised $3.4 million in the fourth quarter, according to her campaign, outpacing her previous totals from the three earlier quarters of the year. Last quarter, Gabbard raised $3 million, topping her previous two quarters of $1.9 million in the first quarter and $1.6 million in the second quarter. In the final weeks of the fourth quarter, she brought in $1.2 million to close out the year. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.