Sanders, who came into the race with a pre-existing and active donor base, reported on Tuesday that his campaign raised $18.2 million from 525,000 individual contributors since launching his campaign on February 19.
According to a January 2019 Morning Consult poll, Sanders ranked as the most popular senator in America for the 11th time in a row. Sanders famously touted during the 2016 race that his average donation was $27.
The totals for the first quarter, which ran through to March 31, are the first measure of how candidates are performing.
The fundraising figures show the Sanders campaign fell short of its goal for the first quarter of 2019: to reach one million individual donations in about six weeks.
A handful of Democratic presidential candidates are touting the amount of money they've raised in the first fundraising period of a 2020 primary fight that will last into next spring. Kamala Harris pulled in $1.5 million in her first day, while other democratic hopefuls Sen.
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The Texas Democrat's fundraising haul came largely in two bursts - the $6.1 million he raised during his first 24 hours as a presidential candidate and $3.3 million over the following 17 days. She never released a first-day fundraising total after she launched her exploratory committee December 31, but, based on filings by the fundraising site Act Blue, it has been estimated at as little as $300,000.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke appeared to open the door to considering reparations for the descendants of slaves on Wednesday, in response to a spontaneous question from the Rev. Al Sharpton at the National Action Network convention.
But according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) records, O'Rourke's political campaigns since 2011 paid almost $110,000 to Stanton Street Technology Group, a company founded by O'Rourke in 1998 and later led by his wife Amy Sanders O'Rourke.
Pa. holds its 2020 primary on April 28, right at the midpoint of the Democratic calendar. The average age of the donors was under 39.
A "majority" of those who donated to O'Rourke's presidential campaign did not give to his failed bid to unseat Sen. Plus, he did it with more small donors than any other candidate so far, leading the pack among the sought-after demographic.
With such a crowded field - more than 15 Democrats have announced they are running - fundraising abilities have become an early way to prove to donors and potential supporters that a candidate is viable.