Sanders fundraising on NY Times report that Dems are 'agonizing' over his momentum

 Sanders fundraising on NY Times report that Dems are 'agonizing' over his momentum
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again Don't expect Trump-sized ratings for Democratic debates MORE’s (I-Vt.) presidential campaign sent out a fundraising request Tuesday citing a report from The New York Times that establishment Democrats are “agonizing” over momentum behind his bid for the Democratic nomination.

“Here comes the kitchen sink. According to the New York Times, the financial establishment of this country is gathering at ‘canapé-filled fund-raisers,’ plotting campaigns to stop us,” the email from Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir reads. “David Brock, who led a multi-million dollar smear campaign against us in 2016, is looking to lead the effort and hopes 'an anti-Sanders campaign' will start 'sooner rather than later.'”

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Brock, a liberal political consultant who was a frequent critic of Sanders during the 2016 Democratic primaries, told the Times that he had discussed efforts with other political operatives to thwart Sanders's campaign, adding that such efforts should commence “sooner rather than later.”

"There’s a growing realization that Sanders could end up winning this thing, or certainly that he stays in so long that he damages the actual winner," Brock told the Times.

Shakir announced in the email that Sanders's campaign would launch a 48-hour fundraising drive "to combat the potential anti-Sanders campaign."

“This is a serious threat to our campaign, and we need to treat it as such,” he wrote. "We have said from the start that we are taking on very powerful forces in this country — forces that profit mightily from protecting the status quo and the establishment thinking that gave rise to Trump. Ours is the campaign that will beat them.”

Sanders has consistently landed in the top spots of most polls,. A RealClearPolitics average of polling shows Sanders in second place behind former Vice President Joe BidenJoe Biden'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again Don't expect Trump-sized ratings for Democratic debates Hickenlooper laughs off lack of recognition by security guard at Democratic debate MORE, who has yet to announce a presidential campaign. 

An Emerson poll released Monday found the Vermont senator leading the crowded Democratic field, followed by Biden and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegPoll: Biden leads Democratic field by 6 points, Warren in second place 2020 Dems say they will visit Homestead facility holding migrant children Warren visits migrant care shelter, says children being marched 'like little prisoners' MORE.

Sanders also leads the pack in fundraising, raking in an eye-popping $18 million haul in the roughly six weeks that followed his campaign launch in mid-February.