By Ben Kamisar
Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonMemo to Trump: No cable news or Twitter until debate homework is done Clinton campaign chair jabs at Trump's age Obama to campaign in Florida for Clinton MORE has raised more than $45 million in the first quarter of her presidential bid, a record haul for presidential candidates in any quarter.
“Still running the numbers—but here's what we know: In the first quarter of this campaign, supporters gave more than $45 million,” Clinton tweeted on Wednesday morning.
“Thank you so much for being a part of this campaign. I’m grateful for all you’ve done and excited for what comes next,” she wrote.
“While the road ahead is tough, you need the best people by your side. That’s why I’m thankful for you. With warm regards, Hillary.”
In Clinton’s case, the decision to share the record-breaking announcement could help persuade donors that she has solidified support in the party despite challenges from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.
Her total will likely be significantly higher than any of her Republican counterparts, with GOP donors divvying up their cash between more than a dozen likely and declared candidates.
Clinton launched her 2016 campaign just 12 days into the fundraising quarter, giving the campaign almost all of the days available to build its war chest.