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Libertarian presidential candidate Gary JohnsonGary Earl JohnsonBiden broadened Democratic base, cut into Trump coalition: study New Mexico lawmakers send recreational marijuana bills to governor Judge throws out murder convictions, releases men jailed for 24 years MORE's campaign raised $2.9 million in online donations during the first two weeks of August, more money than Johnson raised during his entire 2012 White House bid.
That haul included $1.5 million in just one day, Aug. 15, during the campaign's "$15 on the 15th" push. Johnson's campaign on Tuesday also said it had received more than 90,000 separate contributions.
"The fact that we received more than 90,000 individual small contributions is overwhelming, and a major boost for the campaign. It is increasingly clear that a great many Americans, from across the political spectrum, are ready to join our effort to offer an experienced, credible alternative to the polarizing nominees of the Republican and Democratic parties," Johnson, a former governor of New Mexico, said in a statement.
“These contributions, and the enthusiasm behind them, are providing the fuel we need to take our message of smaller government and greater freedom to the millions of voters who are looking for a way to break the two-party status quo.”
Through June, the most recent campaign filing period, Johnson and running mate Bill Weld had raised $1.36 million. Tuesday's numbers mean that two-week span brought in more than double what the campaign had raised thus far.
While the sum is far below the more than $270 million raised by Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCountering the ongoing Republican delusion Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future MORE and $91 million raised by GOP nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpOmar, Muslim Democrats decry Islamophobia amid death threats On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Trump cheers CNN's Cuomo suspension MORE, it shows increased interest in a third-party candidacy.
But Johnson is struggling to reach the 15 percent polling threshold needed to qualify for the main presidential debates. With about five weeks left before the first debate, his support has not reached that mark in any major public poll.