Sanders Rakes in $18M to Take Early Lead in 2020 Fundraising

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Two other candidates in the large herd of Democrats seeking to challenge Trump in 2020 have released their first quarter figures.

A "majority" of those who donated to O'Rourke's presidential campaign did not give to his failed bid to unseat Sen.

O'Rourke, who joined the race March 14, made a splash with an announcement that he raised $6.1 million during the first 24 hours of his campaign, a figure that exceeded that of Sanders, who reported raising nearly $6 million on his first day. However, former Vice President Joe Biden, who has not officially declared his intention to run, was ahead of Sanders with an average of 28.8 percent.

The 37-year-old Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, raised US$7m, calling it "a great look for our first quarter".

Sanders, meanwhile, revealed Tuesday that his first-quarter fundraising total was made up of roughly 900,000 individual donations from 525,000 people.

Sanders, a USA senator from Vermont making his second run for the White House, received 900,000 donations from 525,000 individual donors with the vast majority under age 39, campaign manager Faiz Shakir told reporters.

Candidates are required by law to track and disclose their fundraising reports to the Federal Election Commission, and those donations collected in the first quarter - between January 1 to March 31 - must be reported by April 15. Kamala Harris, U.S. senator from California and another popular candidate, said she has raised 12 million dollars. Per standards set by the Democratic National Committee (DNC), a candidate will qualify for a debate if he or she has received donations from at least 65,000 individuals across 20 different states, with a minimum of 200 unique donors per state.

The Sanders campaign has raised $32 million in total, including the $14 million that the campaign started with reported CBS News' Emily Tillett. One Democratic megadonor, Susie Tompkins Buell, already appears to have second thoughts on her preferred candidate, hosting a fundraiser for Buttigieg after endorsing Harris.

Ross Greer, a Green member of Scottish Parliament, in February publicly declared his support of Sanders in an appearance on the television show Scotland Tonight. One hundred donors kicking in 20 bucks provides considerably more value to a campaign than one person who writes a check for $2,000 observed Halper and Hook.

FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service delivering breaking news as well as political and business news. They elevate the profile of the candidate as a reformer who walks the walk of disavowing big money, unlike rivals who must still rely in part on big checks and well-connected fundraisers.

For example, Warren is among the perceived favourites in the field but has promised she'll be financing her campaign without leaning on traditional donors. "That's not this campaign".