The presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said he raised $25 million in January, more than his top rivals raised in any quarter in 2019.
The money came through 1.3 million contributions from 648,000 people, 219,000 of whom are new donors, Sanderss campaign said.
“Bernies multiracial, multigenerational, people-driven movement for change is fueling 2020s most aggressive campaign for president,” campaign manager Faiz Shakir said in a statement. “Working-class Americans giving $18 at a time are putting our campaign in a strong position to compete in states all over the map.”
Sanders has raised more than $121 million since announcing his presidential bid in February 2019. He raised the most in the fourth quarter of 2019, garnering $34.5 million, which is almost $10 million more than the nearest candidate, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
The January haul will go in part to adding staff members and spending $5.5 million on new or expanded advertisement campaigns in states voting on March 3, or Super Tuesday, aides say. Voters in California, Texas, and other crucial primary states will head to the polls that day.
The announcement by Sanderss campaign came as Sanders and Buttigieg were neck and neck in the Iowa caucuses with some results still to be released.
“Our campaign is made up of hard-working staff, volunteers, and supporters who over and over again overcome adversity because we are led by a senator whos spent his life doing what is hard and standing on the side of working Americans,” Sanderss Iowa state director Misty Rebik wrote in