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Galindez writes: "If the Clinton campaign wants to find Bernie Sanders, all they have to do is look in the left lane at the Million Person March passing them by. They don't have a super-PAC, and they aren't pouring money into television ads that people fast-forward through with their DVRs - they're doing it the old fashioned way, with a grassroots campaign."

The 10,000 plus crowd to see Senator Bernie Sanders at the Veteran's Memorial Coliseum in Madison erupt with applause on July 1st, 2015. (photo: Arun Chaudhary)
The 10,000 plus crowd to see Senator Bernie Sanders at the Veteran's Memorial Coliseum in Madison erupt with applause on July 1st, 2015. (photo: Arun Chaudhary)

Bernie Raises Almost as Much Money as Hillary

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

01 October 15


f the Clinton campaign wants to find Bernie Sanders, all they have to do is look in the left lane at the Million Person March passing them by. They don’t have a super-PAC, and they aren’t pouring money into television ads that people fast-forward through with their DVRs – they’re doing it the old fashioned way, with a grassroots campaign. They are using new technology but with people power.

Bernie Sanders is now up double digits in New Hampshire and Iowa and raising nearly as much money from more donors than Hillary Clinton. The Sanders campaign announced that they have reached 1 million donations. Bernie is now outpacing Obama’s online fundraising from 2008, and it appears he has as much cash on hand as Hillary Clinton, who is outspending Sanders by more than 2 to 1.

Sanders has a more vibrant social media presence that includes more followers who are more engaged than the followers of the former secretary of state, who many claim is buying Facebook friends. Whether or not Clinton is paying for Facebook followers, her pages do not have the activity that the Sanders social media has.


In a stunning development just prior to the midnight deadline on September 30th, the Sanders campaign announced that they had reached 1 million donors and had raised 26 million dollars in the third quarter. The Clinton campaign, which has been pushing hard for one-dollar donors, had raised only $2 million more during the same quarter, but Clinton does not have as many donors. Of course, with her super-PACs Clinton has more money, but the fact that the campaign barely out-raised Sanders in the past few months has to be a big concern.

One of the biggest reasons the Democratic Party establishment gives for supporting Clinton is her ability to raise more money than Bernie. That argument is in jeopardy with the latest numbers.


Bernie Sanders has clearly passed Hillary in New Hampshire and Iowa. In New Hampshire, some polls have Bernie up 20 points. In Iowa, one poll has Sanders up 10 and another has him up 1, but the latest poll has Clinton up 21. The poll with Clinton up 21 is a PPP poll of registered voters, while the polls with Sanders ahead are polls of likely voters. I would call the Clinton poll an outlier, but prior to the two polls with Sanders ahead, Clinton was leading Iowa, so we will need more polling before we can determine who is really leading Iowa.

Nationally, the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll has Bernie within 7 points of Hillary. Earlier in the year, Clinton was up 60 points, so Sanders has made up over 50 percent in the last months.


From the very beginning, Bernie Sanders has been drawing larger crowds than Clinton. While the Clinton campaign claims they have not tried to draw large crowds, the truth is the Sanders campaign hasn’t either. They just announce an event and the RSVPs pour in. In most of the locations where there were large rallies, the campaign didn’t have staff on the ground. The Clinton campaign has also announced events in advance, and they do not get the kind of RSVPs the Sanders campaign receives.

Bernie’s largest event so far was in Portland, Oregon, where he drew 28,000. Hillary’s largest event to date was her announcement on Roosevelt Island, which 5,000 people attended. Some in the Clinton campaign point to a fundraiser in Virginia that was attended by 11,000, but it was organized by the Virginia Democratic Party and was a fundraiser for them, not Hillary. While she was the big draw, the party was selling tickets for months prior to the event.

Social Media

On Facebook, Hillary Clinton has 1.4 million likes and Bernie has 1.6 million. More importantly, studies have shown that Bernie’s followers are more active on his page, while larger numbers of Hillary followers have only clicked the Like button and have not done anything else on her page. When it comes to the unofficial pages, Bernie’s advantage is greater. There are multiple pages in every state. There are many grassroots organizations organizing on their own for Bernie. One group has over 100,000 people who have RSVP’d for a rally in Washington DC likely to take place in March. Another group is organizing a protest at the first debate in Las Vegas. Progressive Democrats of America also has its own social media effort. People for Bernie is an effort led by veterans of the Occupy movement. Labor for Bernie, Veterans for Bernie, People of Color, Latinos, women, and many other groups are using social media to organize for Bernie in addition to the official campaign effort.

There is also a large effort from young people and students for Bernie, which will be the focus of a future article.

One thing is clear: the days of looking at Hillary Clinton as the presumptive nominee are over. We currently have two strong contenders for the nomination, with Vice President Joe Biden still deciding if he should enter the race. Clearly, the momentum is on Bernie’s side.

Scott Galindez attended Syracuse University, where he first became politically active. The writings of El Salvador's slain archbishop Oscar Romero and the on-campus South Africa divestment movement converted him from a Reagan supporter to an activist for Peace and Justice. Over the years he has been influenced by the likes of Philip Berrigan, William Thomas, Mitch Snyder, Don White, Lisa Fithian, and Paul Wellstone. Scott met Marc Ash while organizing counterinaugural events after George W. Bush's first stolen election. Scott will be spending a year covering the presidential election from Iowa.

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+28 # Dongi 2015-10-01 14:09
Bernie is ahead and picking up more and more momenturm. But, I still don't trust HRC. She is one sneaky person; snarky too.
0 # Cassandra2012 2015-10-05 16:46
As are you apparently. I prefer Bernie, myself. But am suspicious of all the boys on the left AND the right who are clearly misogynists.

Will vote for whoever wins the Democratic primary, as any including Hillary are clearly far superior to any Tealiban clown car candidate! [ or that despicable authoritarian, narcissistic bully, the Donald.]
+19 # tswhiskers 2015-10-01 14:15
Bernie's rise is proof to me that far too many Americans find our politics banal and boring. Give us a candidate with a real message, someone who speaks passionately about issues we care about and not the non-issues most politicians have used in the past. Bush I comes to mind as when he tried to run on a flag-burning amendment till Perot really spiced up the race in 1992. Hillary has a fine resume, but she is an example of the too-polished politician. Biden has so far stayed silent, but he too, has passion and honesty. I would be happy with Joe as president, but prefer Bernie.
+24 # Vegan_Girl 2015-10-02 02:18
The American political discourse is banal and boring but that is not our main problem. When times are good, politics should be banal and boring.

The problem is that this economical and political system is not responsible or even responsive to the issues affecting everyday people; and that the plight of everyday people in this system is becoming desperate.

Clinton and Biden are both beholden to the corporate elite. With either one of them, we would have no allies in Washington. We need Bernie in there.

Please ignore the personalities portrayed - the media and the political machine are extremely good at humanizing people who will not return the favor once we vote them in. Mr. Biden might be a nice person, but he is from the state of Delaware, where all credit cards are headquartered. He is Mr. Credit Card. I hardly think that he would rein in Wall Street.

Instead of personalities, look at the record. We are lucky to see politicians with a lifetime of voting record. And Bernie Sanders has the lifetime of speaking out AND voting for everyday Americans. Not the other two. With them, we would see the corporate agenda advanced (i.e. more wars, more taxes on us and less on them, and more destruction of the planet)
+7 # warrior woman 2015-10-02 05:43
Biden brought us the horrific student loan debt debacle, he may have passion but he is not honest in this regard. He is on the side of the banks. Where is he on the TPP?
0 # Cassandra2012 2015-10-05 16:47
Joe is just one more standard party line corporate, establishment Dem.
+23 # JJS 2015-10-01 17:50
When we vote for Bernie Sanders, or any other individual, we also vote for who will eventually be on their "team". We are fortunate that Bernie has been in politics and government long enough to know who the effective & able leaders are to place in his cabinet and other positions of power and who not to.

Obama brought on a few new faces but because of the vastness of the gov't & his lack of seniority he had to choose some of the same ol', same ol' from both the Clinton and Bush "machines". He left many players in their positions for lack of an alternative and possibly threats of mutiny. He also drew from the dregs of the .01%. BIG DISAPPOINTMENT, but I'm not the President, Obama is.

I'm more than sure that Hillary has her whole team lined up and ready to roll. How many of them, even the outliers, would work for Bernie or would Bernie even want to work for him? Experience can be a good thing, but not always. The learning curve of fresh hires can expose weaknesses for the "savages" to attack the new comer. Experienced Democrats may be reluctant to join the Independent turned Democrat Sanders.

One more thing, in government agency bureaucracies, there are the politically appointed heads and the lifer, civil service worker bees. The heads may change but the workers plug along. During the GW Bush years there was concerted and deliberate effort to get rid of the truly dedicated, career, civil servants and hire Republican ideologues at the grunt level.
Just some thoughts.
+20 # DaveEwoldt 2015-10-01 23:52
JJS... I'm agreeing with you, but what caught my eye was the statement that Establishment Dems won't back an independent.

It seems to me that Bernie is the only actual Democrat in the Democratic Party. The "Progressive" Caucus is mainly moderate Republicans, and the rest of them just kinda fall off the extreme right edge of the political spectrum, with the TeaPublicans floating out there in space somewhere, trying to find Ted Cruz's brain that was harvested by Planned Parenthood.
+3 # JJS 2015-10-02 04:04
I think you get that when I say 'Establishment Dems won't back an independent' I'm just acknowledging that Bernie may have to reach outside the formal Dem party to find willing and able talent. I hope he has a thorough plan and some good prospects that won't get eaten alive by the establishment sharks from both parties.

True about the political persuasion of many "Progressive" Democrats. If you are going to vote for a Democrat who is really a Republican, you might as well vote for a real Republican. I might rather have a real moderate, even liberal, Republican than a corporatist, conservative Democrat.
My point is that it is not just the individual but the team that follows that will control the levers of government. I can't think of more than a handful of Republicans I would even consider voting for. Not to mention names, but most of those are no longer in office or dead. It is the wingnuts of the party that I would like to see removed from office or striped of power. I guess that goes for Democrats, too. At least with Democrats I can think of maybe more than just a handful that I'd vote for with enthusiasm.
+1 # DaveEwoldt 2015-10-02 10:23
Oh, yeah. I'll take a Teddy Roosevelt Republican over a Corporatist Democrat any day.

Building the team, movement building, down-ballot campaigning, etc is where I'm focusing most of my efforts. Those support networks are going to be extremely important to help institute the necessary changes in Congress as well as at the state level.
+1 # JJS 2015-10-02 16:31
It's those "down-ballot" campaigns who need money, bodies, support and "feet on the beat" as much as Bernie needs them on the national level. Thank you for your energy and effort. I do my best to work and give where/when I can, too.
-5 # Anonymot 2015-10-02 03:08
Yes, yes, of course, but I assume you all realize it's 9/10 months until we even get to the conventions. Anything can happen in the interval. It's designed to fill the media space and soak up the 3 Billion bucks the public lays out for just the presidential politics? Good governance is lost in all this.

Lest we forget, Obama started all this race for money when he declared in August 2011 that HE would have a Billion dollars for his campaign.

The public will be sick and tired of this a year from now.
+9 # diamondmarge7 2015-10-02 06:03
To make sure Bernie Sanders is elected PRESIDENT, call 202-683-800 and tell DebbieWSchultz to schedule more Democratic DEBATES. I left a detailed msg on her voice mail-takes 5minutes.
Also, THE PLEDGE TO WRITE IN BERNIE'S NAME SHOULD THE DEMS trick us w/only Shillary's name. PS where did anybody get the idiotic idea that Progressive Dems are really Republicans? IDIOTIC.
+5 # Laardvark 2015-10-02 11:27
Going to a Bernie rally tomorrow in Springfield MA. Last night, HRC held an event in Holyoke MA, about 10 miles away. Bernie's event is of course free. Hillary's was $500 for the back row, $2750 for a guaranteed photo op with her. Says volumes, eh?

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