But Sanders actually might be outpacing fellow previous Democratic primary outsider, President Barack Obama, when it comes to actual grassroots support.
The Vermont senator announced on the Reddit sub-thread r/SandersForPresident around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday that his campaign reached one million online contributions, faster than the Obama campaign did in 2008 and 2012. The announcement came just before the third-quarter Federal Election Commission fundraising filing deadline at midnight, and five months after Sanders announced his campaign.
In July, the Sanders campaign said it raised $15 million from 250,000 individual donors, compared to Democratic oppenent Hillary Clinton’s reported $45 million — which itself was a record — from “around 200,000’’ donations.
At the time of the end-of-June deadline, the Sanders campaign said the average contribution was $33.51 and that 99 percent of the donations were less than $250.
Sanders’ Twitter account said Wednesday afternoon the average contribution was now $24.68, urging more donations before the midnight deadline.
The third-quarter (June 1 to September 30) FEC deadline, seen as a measuring stick for candidates support, has spurred some creative campaign ploys to boost their donation numbers.
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