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Excerpt: "Senator Bernie Sanders would begin a 2020 presidential bid with 2.1 million online donors, a massive lead among low-dollar contributors that is roughly equivalent to the donor base of all the other Democratic hopefuls combined."

Bernie Sanders. (photo: Antonella Crescimbeni)
Bernie Sanders. (photo: Antonella Crescimbeni)

Bernie Sanders Has a Massive Lead in Online Donors

By Shane Goldmacher, Lisa Lerer and Rachel Shorey, The New York Times

09 February 19


enator Bernie Sanders would begin a 2020 presidential bid with 2.1 million online donors, a massive lead among low-dollar contributors that is roughly equivalent to the donor base of all the other Democratic hopefuls combined.

Beto O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman who narrowly lost a Senate race last year, is also poised to be a fund-raising phenom if he runs for president: He has twice as many online donors as anyone eyeing the race besides Mr. Sanders.

Three senators who are already running have their own solid track records with small donors. Senator Elizabeth Warren, with the third-highest number, has notable strength in New Hampshire, even topping Mr. O’Rourke there. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has built up broad national support among small donors, despite a reputation as a big-money fund-raiser, while Senator Kamala Harris raised $1.5 million online in her first 24 hours as a presidential candidate.

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-30 # pegasus4508 2019-02-09 19:43
I'm on Bernie's donor list and he won't get a dime from me. Not this time...
+12 # USADUDE 2019-02-09 21:23
Guess I’ll double my contribution.
-1 # jimallyn 2019-02-13 13:43
Quoting USADUDE:
Guess I’ll double my contribution.

Me too.
+2 # economagic 2019-02-09 21:24
So who ya backin'?

I'm not sending anyone one red cent until I've read the entire health care bill and something more substantial on the GND than the resolution. I love most everything there, but right now it's strictly aspirational, pie in the sky (by and by), and with zip on how we actually achieve the "Great Mobilization," which if it occurs will make that for the "Second World War" (actually Part II of the First) look like a Sunday School Picnic in scope and scale and in "blood, toil, tears, and sweat" (what Churchill actually said).

In the meantime I have a tall stack of solicitations from Pelosi and Company. As soon as I finish MY draft of a Green New Deal I'm going to start sending them to her,with the "surveys" redacted and a copy of my version of a GND tucked inside. I would even be willing to pay the postage on a few of them.
+6 # Moxa 2019-02-09 22:08
Why not?
+9 # pushingforpeace 2019-02-09 23:06
Already donated and would again.
+3 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-02-10 07:38
The NYT would like us to focus on fundraising. It has always promoted the idea that money is speech. The one who raises the most money should and will win.

Political elections are not about money. They are about issues and political positions. What does Sanders stand for? That is the only question that matters.

The US needs to get money out of politics. Media like the NYT are the biggest obstacle to that. The NYT is the mouthpiece for American oligarchs and they win when everything is about money. By keeping the focus on money, the NYT swings the attention of voters to the candidates the oligarchs want to win.

Political positions are all that matter. The media should be forced by law to cover all candidates equally, no matter how much money they have raised.
-1 # Thomas Martin 2019-02-11 22:05
"The US needs to get money out of politics." Yes, I know you're talking about fundraising in politics, but its worth emphasizing, and feeling good about, our growing movement for achieving economic fairness (as well as a lot more.) How about Bernie Sanders for President, with one of the special people mentioned in the article, as VP?
+9 # Wise woman 2019-02-10 09:05
This is very good news so early in the game when Bernie hasn't even announced his candidacy. It really shows how much the American people want him to be president. I hope this wittles down the present aspirants so we don't have a rerun of the Republican side show!
+8 # Forbes 2019-02-10 09:50
Got my $2700 ready for the day he announces. I would like Elizabeth Warren for VP, so expect I will be contributing to her also.

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