Supporters for the cause of Senator Bernie Sanders under the Democrat banner grew as can be gleaned from the number of donors who donated $200 or less to accumulate less than $10.5 million of the $13.7 million funds gathered for his campaign.
The grass-roots donor base for the senator from Vermont has been a source of envy not just among the Republicans, but also within the camp of fellow Democrat presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton, news say. Though Clinton was able to raise $47.5 million, only $8 million accounted for $200 or less donations. It has been reported that Clinton’s $47.5 million fund was partly due to the staff’s efforts in asking for $1 donations before June 30.
In a report from Politico, donations worth $200 or less tell how significant the influence of a candidate is. In Sander’s case, the small amounts indicated the “significant grass-roots influence” in “liberal insurgency,” which fuels his rising popularity around the country “in the polls against Clinton.”
Needless to say, the 73-year-old senator is equally receiving donations above the $200 bracket that as of end of June already amounted to $3.3 million. Reports say, however, that Sanders’ figure was small compared with Republican Ron Paul who got $23 million in donations valued at both over and below $200 as of July four years ago. Paul garnered $45.4 million by end of July in 2011.
News also say that Sander’s overall campaign funds reached $15.2 million, including the $1.5 million released from his campaign committee in the senate. But such figure is still meager when compared with how much President Barack Obama received for the same period in 2007.
On a campaign on Wednesday, Sanders’ campaign disclosed it received 390,730 donations amounting to more than $35 from 284,062 donors.
Republicans Trailing Behind Sanders
Politico reports Republicans who trail close to Sander’s grass-roots donor base include Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon conservative who raked in grass roots notwithstanding little efforts in campaign. News say Carson received $8.5 million in donation, 67 percent of which came from $200 or less contributions. Three percent of former Governor from Florida, Jeb Bush’s reported total funds received came from small amounts.