The PJ Tatler

Bernie Nipping at Hillary's Heels in Third-Quarter Fundraising

Despite their big differences in campaign fundraising, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) nearly caught up to Hillary Clinton and the family’s well-heeled backers in third-quarter fundraising.

Sanders’ raised $26.2 million during the third quarter of this year, according to his campaign. He’s raised $41.4 million since launching his campaign April 30 and has $27.1 million in the bank.

Clinton’s camp boasted that they have more cash on hand than any other candidate on either side of the aisle: $32.9 million. In the third quarter Hillary pulled in $28.7 million.

Bernie eclipsed Hillary in the number of donors: he had 650,000 (with, his campaign boasted, only 270 giving the maximum $2,700 contribution) and she has “more than 600,000 contributions from nearly 400,000 individual donors to the campaign to date.”

Sanders released an average donation figure — $30 — while the Clinton camp would only say “93 percent of Q3 donations were $100 or less.”

“Other campaigns are bankrolled by big donors who have given so much even under our current corrupt political system they can’t legally give any more,” said Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver. “Bernie’s big base of small donors may give again and again. What is clear now is that this campaign to transform America will have the resources to fight all the way to the convention.”

On the GOP side of the third quarter, Ben Carson topped the field with $20.8 million raised in the period. He has $11.2 million cash on hand.

Jeb Bush had the second-largest third-quarter haul, with $13.4 million. He has less cash on hand than Carson, though: $10.3 million.

The rest of the GOP pack’s reports:

Donald Trump – raised $3.9 million but is not actively fundraising, has $255,000 cash on hand

Ted Cruz – raised $12.2 million, has $13.5 million in the bank (his campaign has been doing crowd-funding bundling to raise cash)

Scott Walker – raised $7.4 million in the third quarter, but dropped out

Carly Fiorina – raised $6.8 million (more than a third after the last GOP debate), has $5.5 million on hand

Marco Rubio – raised $6 million and has more cash on hand than fellow Floridian Jeb with $11 million

Chris Christie – raised $4.2 million, has $1.4 million cash on hand

Rand Paul – raised $2.5 million, has $2.1 million in the bank

Mike Huckabee — raised $1.2 million, has $760,000 in the bank

Lindsey Graham – raised $1.1 million, has $1.7 million cash on hand

Bobby Jindal – raised $580,000, has $260,000 to spend

Rick Santorum – raised $388,000, has $227,000 cash on hand

George Pataki – raised $150,000, has $13,570 cash on hand

Jim Gilmore – raised $100,000, has $35,000 in the bank

The reports also note that Rick Perry was down to just $45,000 when he dropped out of the race.