Sanders campaign raised $34.5M in fourth quarter

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE’s (I-Vt.) campaign said Thursday that the Democratic presidential hopeful raked in more than $34.5 million in fundraising during the fourth quarter, putting the senator in a strong position ahead of the first nominating contests next month. 

The haul is the largest fundraising quarter of the 2020 Democratic primary so far. 

Additionally, the campaign said it received more than 1.8 million donations in the final quarter of the year.

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Sanders raised $18 million in the month of December alone and brought in contributions from 40,000 new donors on the final day of the fourth quarter, according to his campaign. 

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The latest haul is roughly $9 million more than his third-quarter fundraising haul of $25.3 million.  

The senator’s latest numbers come as he gears up to face off against his Democratic rivals in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary in February. National polls consistently show Sanders in second place behind former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE, according to a RealClearPolitics average. 

Sanders’s campaign manager, Faiz Shakir, highlighted the campaign’s grassroots fundraising strategy in a statement Thursday. 

“You build a grassroots movement to beat Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE and create a political revolution one $18 donation at a time, and that’s exactly why Bernie is going to win,” Shakir said. 

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The news comes after former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE’s (D) campaign announced on Wednesday that he brought in more than $24.7 million in the fourth quarter, exceeding his third-quarter haul of $19.2 million. 

Biden and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) have yet to release their fourth-quarter numbers. However, Warren released a statement in late December urging supporters to give to her campaign. The Massachusetts senator noted that she had raised $17 million, a “good chunk” behind what her campaign had raised in the previous quarter.

Businessman Andrew YangAndrew YangGeorge Floyd protests show corporations must support racial and economic equality Andrew Yang discusses his universal basic income pilot program Andrew Yang on the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis MORE’s campaign announced on New Year’s Eve that it had raked in $4 million during the last week of December.