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A New Year’s prediction: Sanders’s small donation surge keeps growing

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The month is ending, and the quarter is ending, and that means it is time for the next quarterly presidential campaign fundraising reports to be released. I predict that, within days, we’ll learn that the Bernie Sanders campaign has achieved yet another new surge in the number of small donors and the amount of money raised from those donors will again stun and amaze the political world.

{mosads}It seems that almost every major campaign event brings more small donors to the Sanders campaign and more money raised from those small donors. Even when Sen. Sanders (I-Vt.) is under attack from the Hillary Clinton-biased Democratic National Committee, the result is another explosion of small donations to his campaign.

The great value of small donors is that their contributions tend to be recurring and are often repeated as the campaign moves from one state to another, creating a large pool of incoming money and a steady stream that continues as the campaign moves from state to state.

The number of small donations to the Sanders campaign has already grown to more than 2 million and that number will be even higher when the coming quarter financial report is released, and will probably surpass 3 million by sometime in January.

I make it a point to follow the Sanders campaign on social media and can report that his social media program is stronger than ever and the impact of his social media strategy is continuing to grow more powerful every day and will keep expanding well into the new year with a huge impact on attendance at rallies, repeated surges in small donor fundraising, and higher-than-expected turnout in caucus and primary voting.

The quarterly fundraising numbers for the Sanders campaign are now hours to days away from being released and I predict the political world will be blown away by the numbers.

Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Texas) and former Chief Deputy Majority Whip Bill Alexander (D-Ark.). He holds an LL.M. degree in international financial law from the London School of Economics. Contact him at

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