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Bernie Sanders Passes Million-Donation Mark, Reports Raising $24 Million


Bernie Sanders campaigning in Wisconsin - FILE: ERIC TADSEN
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  • Bernie Sanders campaigning in Wisconsin
Updated at 11:18 p.m.: Multiple media outlets reported late Wednesday that the Sanders campaign raised at least $24 million in the third quarter — not far behind the $28 million the Clinton campaign reported raising. Final tallies will be released later this month.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has met a mark some are calling historic: He’s raked in more than 1 million online contributions faster than any presidential candidate has before.

Sanders’ campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, emailed supporters Wednesday afternoon touting the fundraising pace, hours before a midnight campaign finance reporting deadline.

“I wanted you to hear it from me first: A short while ago, we flew past our goal of 1 million online contributions to our campaign,” Weaver’s email said. “Let’s. Keep. Going.”

Weaver went on to say: “If we do, we can send an unmistakable message about the size and strength of our political revolution to the political media who have dismissed us for too long.”

Sanders reached the mark earlier in the campaign cycle than Barack Obama did in 2008 and 2012. The International Business Times reported: 

The achievement beats the record Obama set during his campaigns. For 2012, Obama reached the same benchmark on Oct. 17, 2011. And in his 2008 campaign, the then-senator reached the milestone in February of that year.

That doesn’t mean Sanders has raised money from 1 million people. Campaign press secretary Symone Sanders told POLITICO it counted 650,000 individual contributors — many of whom made multiple donations.

Candidates have to detail how much they’ve raised and spent this quarter by October 15, though some might do so earlier.