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Sen. Bernie Sanders Leads The Democratic Field After Raising $34.5 Million In Fourth Quarter

Running for president isn’t for the faint of heart, and that goes for people light in their pockets. The presidential office in the United States costs a pretty penny, and even the most sincere and most qualified candidates don’t have a shot at winning a presidential election if they don’t have the money to back them up. That’s why it was so hard to see Julian Castro and Beto O’Rourke leave the race. You know they had good intentions, and they were definitely qualified, but if you can’t get big backers, you practically have no hope. Now that the race is hitting up, it’s kicking off 2020 sort of the way it did back in 2016. 

Sen. Bernie Sanders is, as of now, the top Democratic presidential candidate that has raised the most money. In the fourth quarter of 2019, he generated $34.5 million topping all other candidates.

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Sen. Sanders “is 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,” Sen. Sanders’ campaign manager Faiz Shakir said to The New York Times. “You build a grass-roots movement to beat Donald Trump and create a political revolution one $18 donation at a time, and that’s exactly why Bernie is going to win.”

And those gains are just from the fourth quarter. Overall, in 2019, Sen. Sanders raised $96 million. 

“I’m incredibly proud to announce we raised $34.5 million from 1.8 million contributions in the fourth quarter,” Sen. Sanders tweeted. “Our average contribution: just $18. Together, we’re proving you don’t need to beg the wealthy and the powerful for campaign contributions in order to win elections.” He went on to tweet, “Ours is the only campaign in this Democratic primary with more donations than Donald Trump.” Ouch. 

Here is how the rest of the candidates fared in the last quarter:

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  • Former Mayor Pete Buttigieg raised more than $24.7 million.
  • Former President Joe Biden raised $22.7 million. 
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren raised $21.2 million. 
  • Entrepreneur Andrew Yang raised more than $16.5 million.
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar raised $11.4 million.
  • Sen. Cory Booker raised $6.6 million. 

Things are looking pretty good for the Democratsas a whole, but there’s one issue: President Donald Trump has raised more than all of them combined.

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The New York Times reports that Trump raised $143 million in 2019 and has a whopping $102.7 million in cash. We’ll wait until you pick up your jaw off the floor. 

While those values are pretty staggering, it’s important to note that Trump gets money from anyone, and that includes corporations and Super PACs. The Democratic candidates, with the exception of a couple, are raising money from individuals like you and me, not billion-dollar institutions. However, here’s a cool signal that the Democrats could win, if you do the math, the Democrats raised a lot more money together than Trump. Politico reports, “Democratic presidential contenders and the Democratic National Committee combined raised over $480 million in the last year.” That’s a lot more than Trump did, which means there’s still a chance to beat him. 

People on social media are very thrilled to see Sen. Sanders at the top, considering some weren’t too keen on having Biden as their only choice for a Democratic presidential candidate.

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Claire Sandberg, the National Organizing Director for the Bernie Sanders campaign, tweeted that we may or may not be going to war with Iran but that Sanders is giving people hope that the future can still be a positive one.  

“Things feel pretty damn bleak this morning, but something giving me hope in the face of this nightmare is the fact that every day thousands of volunteer leaders are putting in long hours organizing around a vision of a fundamentally transformed society.”

We’ve seen so much momentum coming out of the Sanders campaign with massive crowds at each of his rallies.

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Last month, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined Sen. Sanders, after she officially endorsed the candidate, out on the West Coast. She wanted to reach out to the Latino community and made a very significant effort to speak to them in Spanish. 

“Bernie knows that he’s not going to be able get all of these things done himself. He’s going to have to empower hundreds of thousands of people, which he already has successfully I would say,” Belén Sisa, Sanders’ Latino Press Secretary, told BuzzFeed News last month. “But with minority communities, it takes more. You have to be authentic, you have to be consistent, because we can see through efforts to only gain our vote when you need it.”

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