Sanders campaign says it raised more than $1.3 million in one day after negative ad

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Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) campaign said Wednesday it raised more than $1.3 million in one day in response to a super PAC’s negative ad targeting the senator over the heart attack he suffered last year. 

The presidential candidate received more than 70,000 donations the day after his campaign warned supporters about an ad from the Democratic Majority for Israel scheduled to begin airing Wednesday, The New York Times reported. The PAC’s president, Mark Mellman, is an opinion contributor for The Hill.

The super PAC launched the almost $700,000 ad campaign in the days before the Iowa caucuses. The ad highlights voters characterizing Sanders as too uncertain, as a left-wing progressive, in his ability to beat President Trump, with one voter also mentioning his heart attack earlier in the campaign and their concerns about the senator’s health. 

Sanders’s campaign manager Faiz Shakir said in a statement obtained by the Times that all Democratic presidential candidates should denounce “negative attack ads run by dark money groups.”

“But what our ​fund-raising ​numbers show is our supporters know the establishment will do anything to try to stop Bernie, and they’re ready to rally to his side at a moment’s notice,” he said.

An official from the Sanders campaign deferred to the Times article for comment. 

Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden are in a tight race in the Hawkeye State, with former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) right up there with them.

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