Democrat insiders sounded the alarm last week that Bernie was back and may even win the nomination.  Fourth quarter fundraising suggests they are right to be alarmed. He raised a whopping $34.5 million.

He still lags behind President Trump, who raised $46 million, however.

Former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg raised $24.7 million, and Andrew Yang raised $16.5 million.

NBC News reports:

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and businessman Andrew Yang each bested their previous 2020 campaign fundraising records in the fourth quarter, their campaigns said Thursday.

Sanders’ campaign said he raised $34.5 million, an increase of more than $9 million over his third-quarter haul and nearly double what he raised during the second quarter of last year.

. . . . Meanwhile, Yang’s campaign said Thursday that he raised more than $16.5 million during the 4th quarter, topping his previous best of $10 million in the third quarter. The campaign said its highest single-day haul came on Tuesday, with donors contributing more than $1.3 million.

. . . . The campaign for another contender for the Democratic nomination, Pete Buttigieg, said Wednesday that it brought in $24.7 million in donations in the last quarter of 2019, just missing his high mark of $24.8 million during the second quarter of the year.

Meanwhile, Trump not only out-raised the individual Democrat candidates who’ve thus far released their fourth quarters hauls, but he is also sitting on a $103 million war chest.

Fox News reports:

President Trump’s campaign raked in a whopping $46 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, fueled in part by a backlash from his base against House Democrats’ impeachment efforts and blowing past any of his would-be Democratic rivals.

The incumbent now starts the election year sitting on a nearly $103 million war chest.

Trump’s reelection campaign touted their fundraising efforts Thursday, noting that the fourth quarter marked the best fundraising quarter for the campaign in the 2020 cycle.

UPDATE:

Tulsi Gabbard raised $3.4 million.

Politico reports:

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) raised $3.4 million in the final quarter of 2019, a slight improvement over her third quarter numbers that nevertheless leaves her well behind the Democratic primary’s fundraising leaders.

. . . . Gabbard raised about $1.2 million for her run in the month of December. She raised $3 million in the third quarter of 2019, which had been her best quarter.

 

UPDATE:

Joe Biden raised $22.7 million in the fourth quarter:

Biden’s haul follows a lackluster third quarter. His campaign took in only $15.7 million in individual contributions during the period and ended September with about $9 million in the bank.

Both figures lagged his top rivals for the nomination, Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Buttigieg.

Biden and Buttigieg have taken a different approach to raising cash than Sanders and Warren, who have sworn off big-dollar fundraisers in favor of smaller donations. The campaign fundraising events with wealthier donors have sparked backlash for both Biden and Buttigieg.

 
 
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