Thursday, October 1, 2015

Sanders Nearly Matches Clinton In Fundraising For Third Quarter

By Matea Gold, Sep 30, 2015 Washington Post

Former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton’s front-runner status in the Democratic presidential primary fight was jolted Wednesday by a new and unexpected vulnerability: a financial one.

The more than $28 million that Clinton’s campaign announced Wednesday it had raised in the third quarter was nearly matched by the $26 million that Sen. Bernie Sanders brought in, thanks to small contributions that came in for him at a faster clip than even in President Obama’s campaigns.

As the midnight deadline loomed to collect third-quarter donations, Sanders’s passionate supporters raced to expand his total, raising the possibility that he might finish the quarter with more money in the bank than Clinton.

The ability of the senator from Vermont — who has largely eschewed wealthy backers and fancy fundraisers — to compete with Clinton’s four-decade-old donor network could drastically alter the dynamics of the primary contest.

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