Sanders campaign raised over $1 million on debate day

Sanders campaign raised over $1 million on debate day
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersEx-Obama official on Sanders-Warren feud: 'I don't think it played out well for either of them' Former Vermont Governor: Sanders 'will play dirty' Hill.TV's Krystal Ball rips Warren over feud with Sanders MORE’s (I-Vt.) presidential campaign announced it raised more than $1 million Thursday, the day of the final primary debate of the year. 

The campaign said in a statement the amount marked his best debate-day haul so far, with the funds coming from tens of thousands of contributions. 

“A lot of candidates on the debate stage last night worked hard to convince voters that our leaders must rely on super PACs funded by the wealthy and gather big checks in wine caves to beat Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president MORE in 2020,” said Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir. “Bernie Sanders is proving them wrong every single day.”

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Sanders, a staunch progressive, has avoided wealthy donors and raked in $25 million in the year’s third quarter, solidifying his status as one of the primary field’s most effective fundraisers.

The campaign’s statement comes after a debate that saw fierce clashes over campaign finance transparency. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenEx-Obama official on Sanders-Warren feud: 'I don't think it played out well for either of them' Former Vermont Governor: Sanders 'will play dirty' Hill.TV's Krystal Ball rips Warren over feud with Sanders MORE (D-Mass.) excoriated South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegFormer insurance executive: 'Medicare for all' would eliminate jobs that are 'not needed' Buttigieg says he's proud to be a part of US system amid UK royal family drama Buttigieg asked about 'Mayo Pete' memes by New York Times ed board MORE for holding a fundraiser in a wine cave in Napa, Calif.

"We made the decision many years ago that rich people in smoke-filled rooms would not pick the next president of the United States," Warren said. "Billionaires in wine caves should not pick the next president of the United States."

Buttigieg fired back, noting he was the only person who was not a millionaire or billionaire on the debate stage and that Warren had adopted similar fundraising tactics when she was running for the Senate. 

"This is the problem with issuing purity tests you cannot yourself pass. If I pledged to never be in the company of a progressive, Democratic donor, I couldn't be up here," he said.

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The Sanders campaign expressed confidence that its decision to eschew high-dollar private fundraisers would help boost its candidate’s appeal among working-class voters.

“Working class Americans know Bernie is going to stand with them when he’s in the White House because he always has and they’re saying it loudly by pitching in a few dollars when they can,” said Shakir. 

“Refusing to take cash from billionaires and CEOs is a key reason why the senator will earn the trust of voters and generate the enthusiasm needed to win the nomination, sweep Donald Trump out of the White House and create a political revolution to transform our country.”