The Democratic money primary has turned into a battle of big ticket fundraisers versus online donations.
Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign raised $28 million during the third quarter, her campaign said Wednesday, bringing the fundraising haul since her April launch to $75 million. Clinton spent the final days of the quarter on a cross-country dash to headline events where tickets generally cost between $1,000 and $2,700.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, raised $25 million, his campaign said Wednesday. (They later updated the figure to $26 million, according to MSNBC.) He held just a handful of fundraising events all quarter, instead building his war chest through hundreds of thousands of online donations. Since he launched his White House bid in the spring, his campaign said it has collected over 1 million individual contributions.
The latest quarter was never expected to be quite as strong for Clinton as her first, yet the total will be parsed as show of relative strength amid a summer of questions about her use of a private e-mail server while at the State Department.
“Thanks to our supporters, we are able to meet our goals and build an organization that can mobilize millions of voters to ensure Hillary Clinton is their fighter in the White House,” campaign manager Robby Mook said in a statement.
A Clinton aide boasted that the campaign's $28 million third quarter was the largest off-year third quarter ever for a non-incumbent candidate and puts her on track to raise $100 million before the end of 2015 to spend on the Democratic primary. Sixty percent of this quarter's donors were women, about the same proportion as during the second quarter, far higher than is typical in the male-dominated world of campaign finance.
In addition to the millions raised for the campaign itself, the Hillary Victory Fund, which established joint fundraising agreements with the Democratic National Committee and 33 state Democratic parties during the quarter, took in at least $3 million.