Elizabeth Warren’s fundraising efforts may have stumbled in Q4, but Bernie Sanders apparently had no trouble gathering up relative pennies from legions of fiercely loyal fans.
Sanders raised in excess of $34.5 million in the fourth quarter, his campaign said Thursday, proving yet again that while “the Bern” might never actually make it into the Oval Office, his appeal is enduring.
Bernie collected an average of $18.53 from 1.8 million people last quarter, and said Wednesday that he has more donors than Donald Trump. Over the course of his campaign, he’s received five million donations. “[That’s more] than any campaign has received at this point in a presidential election in the history of our country”, he declared.
As you can see, Bernie easily out-raised Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg, which is saying something considering the electorate’s purported “coming around” to the desirability of a centrist and also considering the mayor’s momentum (he surged to a lead in Iowa in November). Warren’s campaign put out an SOS of sorts late last week. As of this writing, her total for the quarter wasn’t available.
Trump isn’t likely to care about any of this – or at least not in the near-term. His re-election campaign said in statement today it raised $46 million in Q4, and ended 2019 with $102.7 million cash-on-hand.
Amusingly, Bernie said Thursday that of the $96 million he’s raised since February from five million donations, almost none of the donors had hit the $2,800 federal limit, which means they can give him more money if they want to.
“[He’s] proving each and every day that working class Americans are ready and willing to fully fund a campaign that stands up for them and takes on the biggest corporations and the wealthy”, his campaign manager Faiz Shakir said.
In Q4, Sanders won the endorsement of three of four “Squad” members, as Ilhan Omar, AOC, and Rashida Tlaib all threw their support (and star power) behind Bernie. Ayanna Pressley chose Warren.
As an aside that speaks to just how baffling the utter failure of his bid for the nomination really was, it’s worth recalling that Beto O’Rourke raised $6.1 million in a single day when he joined the race in March.
The $46 million Trump’s re-election campaign raised in Q4 doesn’t even count any funds raised by the RNC or any joint fundraising committees, his campaign says. (It also doesn’t count anything Paul Manafort has left in Cyprus or whatever Rudy has squirreled away under the floorboards at the Grand Havana Room.)
The president raised around a half-million in 2019 selling straws and another $250,000 from the “pencil-neck Adam Schiff” shirts the president peddled on his website.