Bernie Sanders has made his mark on the 2016 election this summer by drawing massive crowds, surging in the polls and, it seems, raising a few serious dough.
In what is the most compelling evidence yet that Sanders is serious about winning the Democratic nomination, and the presidency, he told former Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod that he hasn’t ruled out running negative ads for the first time in his career. The Sanders campaign, however, was spending just over $1.5 million. By contrast, the Clinton campaign-which held 58 fundraising events this quarter-is burning through cash more quickly, with only $32 million of the $75 million raised left.
The appearance was supposed to be top secret, and the Clinton campaign would not confirm it, the report notes.
Clinton hinted at the appearance during a television interview in with 7 News in Boston: “I have fun doing this”, she said.
Hillary Rodham Clinton was warned against revealing her private email practices at the State Department over hacking fears.
But Clinton’s financial advantage against the surging Sanders is supposed to be her saving grace, and the latest numbers could give worry to Democrats already rattled by her sluggish polling numbers in Iowa and New Hampshire.
Sanders’ fundraising efforts were aided by a last-minute texting and email push, campaign spokesperson Michael Briggs said after the fundraising deadline had passed.
Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was secretary of state has continued to hamper her standing among voters, contributing in large part to talk that Vice President Joe Biden might enter the fray. At the very least, it suggests that Sanders is likely to be around for the long haul rather than burning out early on as previous populist candidates like Howard Dean did.
Sanders campaign, though, touts its small donors with campaign manager Jeff Weaver asking donors to contribute $24.86 – the average donation the campaign had received in the past week. But she’s been spending money at a rapid clip, using up 40 percent of the $47 million in donations she had amassed by the end of June.