Sanders raises $25 million in third quarter, campaign says

Sanders raises $25 million in third quarter, campaign says
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats urge Biden to commute sentences of 4K people on home confinement Briahna Joy Gray: Push toward major social spending amid pandemic was 'short-lived' Sanders 'disappointed' in House panel's vote on drug prices MORE (I-Vt.) raised more than $25 million over the past three months, his presidential campaign said Tuesday, eclipsing his fundraising total from the second quarter of the year. 

Sanders’s $25.3 million haul was fueled by some 1.4 million donations and bolstered by a strong final day of fundraising on Monday, which the campaign said was its second-best day for donations since its launch in February. 

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The staggering third-quarter total, the highest reported by any Democratic presidential hopeful so far this year, could help give Sanders a boost at a time when he has seen his support in the polls wane. His chief progressive rival, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenFederal Reserve officials' stock trading sparks ethics review Manchin keeps Washington guessing on what he wants Warren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack MORE (D-Mass.), has risen in recent surveys.

The latest cash haul brings the Vermont senator’s total fundraising for the year to $61.5 million, the campaign said, which does not include an additional $2.6 million transferred from other campaign accounts. 

“Bernie is proud to be the only candidate running to defeat Donald TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE who is 100 percent funded by grassroots donations – both in the primary and in the general,” Faiz Shakir, Sanders’s campaign manager, said. 

“Media elites and professional pundits have tried repeatedly to dismiss this campaign, and yet working-class Americans keep saying loudly and clearly that they want a political revolution.”

The average donation in the third quarter was $18.07, according to Sanders’s team, which added that more than 99.9 percent of his donors had not yet hit the maximum contribution amount of $2,800, meaning they can give again.

Sanders’s $25.3 million third-quarter haul surpassed at least one of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination. South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegOn The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Pelosi plows full speed ahead on jam-packed agenda Blumenthal calls on Buttigieg to investigate American Airlines-JetBlue partnership LGBT film festival to premiere documentary about Pete Buttigieg MORE’s campaign announced early Tuesday that he had raised roughly $19.1 million in the last three months, short of the $24.8 million he raised in the second quarter. 

Meanwhile, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisStefanik in ad says Democrats want 'permanent election insurrection' Live coverage: California voters to decide Newsom's fate Florida woman faces five years in prison for threatening to kill Harris MORE (D-Calif.) raised $11.6 million for her presidential bid, while another Democratic hopeful, Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerDOJ announces agencywide limits on chokeholds and no-knock entries Fighting poverty, the Biden way Top Senate Democrats urge Biden to take immediate action on home confinement program MORE (D-N.J.), said on Monday that he had raised more than $2 million in the last 10 days of September.

Booker had previously warned that he would exit the presidential race if he did not raise at least $1.7 million by the end of the month. He has not yet disclosed his full third-quarter fundraising haul.

No other candidate has released fundraising totals yet for the third quarter, which spans from July 1 to Sept. 30. Campaigns have until Oct. 15 to file their fundraising and spending reports with the Federal Election Commission, though many candidates are expected to release fundraising totals beforehand. 

Sanders’s latest fundraising total is a marked improvement over his second-quarter fundraising. Between April 1 and June 30, he brought in roughly $18 million, putting him behind three other candidates, Buttigieg, Warren and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrat threatens to vote against party's spending bill if HBCUs don't get more federal aid Overnight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Haitians stuck in Texas extend Biden's immigration woes MORE

Sanders has seen his standing in national and early state polls slide in recent months as Warren has gained ground on both him and Biden, the contest’s ostensible front-runner. Sanders’s allies have dismissed the downturn, pointing to his fundraising efforts — he has received contributions from over 1 million individual donors — as evidence that he still has momentum in the race.

Like Warren, Sanders has eschewed the kind of high-dollar fundraisers typical in presidential campaigns, and has instead powered his campaign with small-dollar, online donations and what he has dubbed “grassroots fundraisers,” events with relatively low ticket prices and supporters of all means are invited.

Sanders’s fundraising surge came at a time in the campaign season when the pace of donations typically slows down. Donors tend to focus less on the campaign in the summer months, particularly in July and August, because of vacations and the extended congressional recess.

— Updated at 4:22 p.m.