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Sanders Raised $16 Million From the Unemployed and Retired

Sanders, who eschews super-PACs, has raised more money for his campaign than any presidential candidate, Republican or Democrat, other than Hillary Clinton.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders visits with Culinary Local 226 members as they protest outside Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center on Feb. 18, 2016, in Las Vegas.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders visits with Culinary Local 226 members as they protest outside Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center on Feb. 18, 2016, in Las Vegas.

Photographer: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

A major chunk of Bernie Sanders' record fundraising is coming from an unlikely source: people without jobs.

Sanders raised more than $16 million in 2015 from more than 235,000 people who identified themselves as either unemployed or retired, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission. Almost all of it has come through ActBlue, an online platform for making political donations to Democrats.