Sen. Bernie Sanders raised just under $6 million from about 223,000 people in the 24 hours after he announced his bid for president — making the Vermont senator the clear frontrunner in grassroots fundraising.
Contributors also pledged about $600,000 in donations that will recur each month, the Sanders team announced.
The candidate had surpassed the $4 million mark on Tuesday evening, about 12 hours after he announced his campaign.
Sanders made his average campaign donation of approximately $27 a campaign slogan when he ran against former secretary of state Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Small dollar donations will be a key metric of a candidate’s strength, especially given that many candidates have promised to eschew money from corporate PACs.
Sanders outpaced two of his colleagues in the Senate.
Sen. Kamala Harris of California reported raising $1.5 million in the 24 hours after her January rollout. Sanders raised that sum in four hours.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar hit the $1 million mark 48 hours after her Minnesota announcement earlier this month.
It’s unclear how the fundraising numbers of other senators in the race stack up.
A early glimpse of contributions to Warren, among the first candidates to announce a bid, was made available though a year-end FEC report filed by ActBlue, a clearinghouse for Democratic donations.
Warren raised more than $299,000 through the site on the day she launched an exploratory committee, with an average donation of $37, Politico reported.
But more information won’t be available until their committees file their first quarterly reports, which are due by April 15.
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