By Taylor Marshall
Latest Democratic frontrunner, Senator Bernie Sanders, announced a massive $25 million fundraising total for January according to an announcement on Twitter.
Sanders, the frontrunner according to a Quinnipac Poll, raised the most money by any candidate in a single month within this election cycle.
This figure surpasses the campaign’s totals from the first and second quarters of 2019 combined.
The announcement came ahead of the February 20 deadline to disclose monthly figures to the Federal Election Commission.
This brings Sanders’s total amount raised since entering the race to $121.3 million.
More than 1.3 million donations were made in January by over 648,000 supporters.
These supporters include 219,000 first-time donors.
Since the beginning of his campaign last February, he has now received 6.4 million individual donations from over 1.5 million people.
Among the January donors, the top employers were Amazon, Starbucks, Walmart, Target, and the United States Postal Service.
The more common occupation of donors was teachers, and the average donation was $18.
The grassroots campaign spent $50 million last quarter, but still had $18.2 million heading into 2020, the most money in any candidate’s campaign account at the time.
Other top candidates, including Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, and Joe Biden all had under $15 million, according to figures reported as of December 31.
“Bernie’s multiracial, multigenerational, people-driven movement for change is fueling 2020’s most aggressive campaign for president,” Sanders’s campaign manager Faiz Shakir said in a statement.
“Working class Americans giving $18 at a time are putting our campaign in a strong position to compete in states all over the map” Shakir said.
The campaign plans to use these donations to invest $5.5 million in TV and digital ad buying.
This move prepared the campaign for the primary events in New Hampshire, which votes on February 11, South Carolina on February 29, and in the 15 states, including California and Texas, voting on Super Tuesday this March.
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