May 20, 2016
Contact: Michael Briggs

Sanders Launches Microsite on Historic Fundraising, Out-raised Clinton in April

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign on Friday launched a microsite to mark the senator’s historic fundraising effort, which includes raising money from more than 7.6 million contributions with more than 2.4 million individual donors.

Sanders’ campaign on Friday also filed a report with the Federal Election Commission showing it raised more than $212 million since the start of the campaign. Sanders raised more than $26.9 million in April, out-raising Secretary Clinton for the fourth month in a row.

The average contribution to the senator’s campaign is around $27. Only 5 percent of Sanders' total came from donors who have given the maximum $2,700 an individual may donate to a candidate. Almost half of Hillary Clinton’s primary campaign committee money comes from maxed-out donors.

To see the microsite, click here.

To see Sanders' FEC report for April, click here.
May 1, 2016
Contact: Michael Briggs 

Sanders Raises $26M in April and Breaks $200M Raised for Campaign

WASHINGTON – Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign on Sunday announced that supporters made almost 1 million donations in April totaling $25.8 million, far surpassing the campaign’s average monthly total of $17 million.

Since the Sanders campaign was launched one year ago, his supporters have revolutionized campaign fundraising and demonstrated that he can wage a competitive campaign for president without relying on Wall Street and other special interests. More than 7.4 million contributions have poured in from more than 2.4 million donors totaling $210 million.

A key to Sanders’ fundraising success has been that his grassroots supporters consistently have contributed more to his campaign than Hillary Clinton’s big-dollar donors. Sanders’ April donations far exceeded Hillary for America's $21 million in March.

“What our campaign is doing is bringing millions of Americans into the political process,” said Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign manager. “Sanders is the candidate with the most energy and excitement. He is the candidate with the best chance of winning in November. He is the candidate who is in the best position to bring a new generation of voters into the democratic process and restore the faith of working-class voters that we can have a government that works for all of us, not just the 1 percent.”

In April, the average contribution was slightly less than $26. Only 3 percent of the total came from donors who have given the maximum $2,700 an individual may donate to a candidate. More than 51 percent Hillary Clinton’s donors have maxed out.

A typical Sanders donor is 27 years old. Forty-one percent of people giving to his campaign are between the ages of 18 and 39, an unprecedented level of support from younger Americans. ‘Teacher’ is the most common profession followed by ‘student’ and ‘engineer.’

Sanders continued fundraising success comes as the presidential nomination contest with Clinton enters the final phase with 14 states, territories and the District of Columbia still to hold primaries or a caucuses. Sanders and Clinton are neck and neck in national polls with Sanders edging ahead in some surveys. He consistently is a much stronger general election candidate polling much better than Clinton in head-to-head matchups with Donald Trump or other Republican White House hopefuls.


April 20, 2016
Contact: Michael Briggs

Sanders Raises Nearly $46 Million in March

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign on Wednesday filed a report with the Federal Election Commission showing it raised nearly $46 million in March.

“Bernie’s grassroots campaign has now out-raised Secretary Hillary Clinton for three months straight,” said Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign manager. “We’re honored to have the strong support of 2.2 million passionate donors who have given more than 7 million times. It’s because of them that our campaign can take on the establishment and win eight of the last ten primaries and caucuses.”

In March, Sanders' grassroots campaign received 1.7 million contributions from more than 900,000 individual donors. Sanders’ campaign has now raised more than $200 million since he launched his campaign in April 2015, including more than $110 million in the first quarter of 2016.

The average contribution for the month was $26.20, just under the long-term average Sanders cites in his stump speech.

Unlike other candidates, Sanders' small-dollar donations allow him to run his primary campaign without the help of a Wall Street-funded super PAC. More than 96 percent of Sanders’ money comes from donors who have not maxed-out to his primary campaign and can give again. In fact, only 127 donors maxed-out to the campaign in March.

Sanders’ campaign reported more than $17 million cash on hand.


March 31, 2016
Contact: Michael Briggs 

Sanders' People-Powered Campaign Aims for Another Record Month

PITTSBURGH – Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign on Thursday announced it is aiming to surpass last month’s fundraising record of $43.5 million.

Sanders has now received 6.2 million individual contributions from more than 2 million donors since the campaign began last year.

"Our campaign is building the momentum we need to win the nomination and beat the Republicans in November," said Jeff Weaver, Sanders' campaign manager. "More and more people are joining Bernie's political revolution every day and we're hopeful our supporters will help us reach another big goal for the month of March."

Sanders' campaign has so far raised more than $39 million in March from contributors giving around $27 apiece.

You can watch the campaign’s progress as donors make a major push to $43.5 million ahead of tonight's midnight fundraising deadline here.


April 1, 2016 fundraising email:

Thank you, Jim. I am overwhelmed and I am moved by the fact that in March alone, our campaign received more than 1.7 million individual contributions from working Americans, and that it was our most successful fundraising month of the campaign.

Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that so many people would come together in a way that is not only unprecedented, but is transforming American politics. Since we started building this political revolution together, we have received more than 6.5 million individual contributions. And do you know what our average contribution is?

Just $27.

What we are doing through our campaign is proving that you don’t have to go around begging Wall Street, fossil fuel lobbyists, and pharmaceutical executives for outrageous sums of money in order to run a winning campaign.

I am very proud of that fact. You should be as well.

And building this kind of broad-based, grassroots movement is important because this moment in our history requires transformational change that no candidate for president, not Bernie Sanders or anybody else, can achieve alone.

That is why we are building a political revolution that is bringing millions of people together. Working people who have given up on the political process. Blacks and whites, Latinos, Asian Americans, Native Americans, straight, gay and transgender, female and male, people who were born in American and people who immigrated here all joining with each other.

And what we are saying loudly and clearly at every volunteer event, every rally, and with every contribution is that we believe this government belongs to all of us, and not just a wealthy few campaign donors.

That is what this campaign is about.

That is the political revolution.

In solidarity,

Bernie Sanders

March 1, 2016
Contact: Michael Briggs

Sanders’ Historic February

BOSTON – Lifted by more than 1.4 million contributions averaging $30 a piece, Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign on Monday announced it raised more than $42 million in the month of February. The total is the most raised in a single month by any candidate running for president in 2016.

Sanders hauled in more than $6 million on the final day of the month alone, nearly matching the amount he raised in the 24 hours after a 22-point victory in the New Hampshire primary.

“Working Americans chipping in a few dollars every week are changing the way campaigns in our country are financed,” said Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign manager. “Not only are we going to smash Secretary Clinton’s personal goal of raising $50 million in the first quarter of 2016, our supporters are putting Bernie on the path to win the nomination.”

Unlike other campaigns which rely heavily on wealthy donors who give the maximum allowed by law, more than 99.9 percent of Sanders’ donors can give again. In sharp contrast, Federal Election Commission reports indicate that a majority of the money given to Hillary Clinton came from donors who already have given her the maximum allowed by law.

Clinton finished the month on a fundraising tear, holding high-dollar events in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.

“Our supporters are a firewall protecting Bernie from the Clinton campaign’s wealthiest donors and super PACs,” Weaver said. “But with the amount of high-dollar fundraisers she’s held this month, it’s hard to see how we possibly raised more than Secretary Clinton in February.”

January 31, 2016
Contact: Michael Briggs

Sanders’ Campaign Raises $20 Million in January

FEC Report Showcases Small-Dollar Fundraising Power

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – More than $20 million – almost all from online contributions averaging about $27 apiece – was donated to Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign in January during the run-up to Monday’s Iowa caucuses.

In another powerful demonstration of Sanders’ growing grassroots backing, the more than 770,000 individual contributions in January pushed the total number of donations for his entire campaign past the 3.25 million mark. That’s a record at this point in the campaign for any White House candidate.

Unlike other campaigns which rely heavily on wealthy donors who give the maximum allowed by law, more than 99.9 percent of Sanders’ donors can give again. In sharp contrast, Federal Election Commission reports indicate that more than 3 in 5 dollars given to Hillary Clinton come from donors who already have given her the maximum allowed by law.

“The numbers we’ve seen since Jan. 1 put our campaign on pace to beat Secretary Clinton’s goal of $50 million in the first quarter of 2016,” said Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign manager. “Working Americans chipping in a few dollars each month are not only challenging but beating the greatest fundraising machine ever assembled.”

While the Sanders campaign is supported by millions of small-dollar contributions, Clinton left the campaign trail in Iowa one day last week to hold a fundraiser in Philadelphia sponsored by leading executives of a large investment firm. It’s not yet known how much she added at that event to her reported $17 million in campaign contributions over the years from Wall Street and financial services interests.

Sanders also has refused to coordinate with a super PAC which Clinton and other candidates have used to take unlimited contributions from millionaires and billionaires. For example, Priorities USA Action, a super PAC backing Clinton, claimed on Friday to have nearly $45 millioncash on hand. Donors have pledged at least $42 million in additional contributions that would give her a bigger super PAC war chest than any Democratic fund ever before.

“As Secretary Clinton holds high-dollar fundraisers with the nation’s financial elite, our supporters have stepped up in a way that allows Bernie to spend the critical days before the caucuses talking to Iowans about his plans to fix a rigged economy and end a corrupt system of campaign finance,” Weaver said. “Bernie's campaign is built for the long haul and we look forward to bringing his message to voters all across the nation, and to drawing millions of new people into the Democratic Party primary process,” he added.

Sanders’ campaign on Sunday will file a year-end Federal Election Commission report showing that almost $33.6 million was raised in the fourth quarter of 2015. Seventy percent came from contributors giving $200 or less. Only 1.3 percent of the campaign’s fourth quarter donations came from maxed-out contributors.

While the Clinton campaign has not released information about the breakdown of its campaign contributions, its most recent report indicated that only 17.4 percent of the money raised came from small-dollar, un-itemized contributions. Her third quarter report indicated that about 60 percent of her money came from donors who already have contributed the maximum allowed by law and may not give again to her primary campaign.