Hillary Clinton’s camp is saying the Democrat Party establishment’s candidate has raised over $45 million in the first quarter of this primary season. If correct, the former first lady will have bested the prior record set by President Obama during Q1 of the 2011 ahead of his reelection campaign. Besides the size of the number, Mrs. Clinton’s donations are coming in the form of donations under $100. This would suggest she has grassroots support. The number is interesting given the fact that her campaign is largely bankrolled by large donors from Wall Street and big corporate interests. Her campaign had a goal of receiving donations from 50,000 donors. It appears she will come close to reaching that goal.
By contract, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is saying he has received small donations from 200,000 donors reports Igor Cornelsen. While Clinton’s total donations easily surpass Sanders’, the sheer number of people contributing to his campaign is a sign of strength. The exact tally won’t be known once Clinton files her report with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) on July 15. The original goal for Mrs. Clinton was to raise $100 million in hard campaign donations by the end of the year. She is on pace to go well beyond that mark. This will enable her to kick start the primary season heavily funded. That said, Senator Sanders will be prepared to debate the issues with her and have sufficient funding to get out his message.