Bernie Sanders Just Made Presidential Campaign Contribution History
The Bernie Sanders campaign announced Sunday that it “reached a major milestone in grassroots financial support” during the third Democratic presidential debate.
A statement posted on its website says the campaign has now received over 2.3 million contributions. That means Sanders now holds the record for highest number of contributions for a White House bid, breaking the record held by President Barack Obama in 2011.
The statement adds that “grassroots supporters flooded” the campaign site during the debate, with the average contribution amount being below $25.
Last week, when his campaign surpassed the 2 million contribution mark, the Vermont senator praised the “People Power” supporting his campaign, saying, “You can’t level the playing field with Wall Street banks and billionaires by taking their money.”
The campaign also claimed victory for “winning social media” during the debate against his rivals, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland.
Sanders’ performance also got a nod from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who tweeted during the debate:
Sanders unexpectedly more credible on foreign policy than OM and Clinton, who repeat conventional wisdom that failed for a decade.#DemDebate
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) December 20, 2015
Some observers pointed to the absence of climate change from the debate. 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben tweeted:
Apparently ABC stands for Anything But Climate. Not that it’s been in the news lately… #demdebate
— Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) December 20, 2015
While climate change wasn’t mentioned, as one Huffington Post reporter points out, the debate moderators did make time to ask the candidates what role their spouses would play in the White House.
In addition to facing criticism for placing “its thumb on the scales in support of Hillary Clinton’s campaign,” the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has faced criticism over the number and timing of the Democratic primary—an issue stressed after this latest square-off by The Nation’s John Nichols:
Wait, before you go…
The DNC needs to schedule more debates on more nights when more Americans are watching.
That’s good for Democrats. And that’s good for democracy—especially in what is shaping up as an entirely unpredictable and frequently volatile political season that ought not be dominated by one party. As Lis Smith says, “It’s clear we need to open up the process, have more debates, and engage more voters in this process.”
If you're reading this, you probably already know that non-profit, independent journalism is under threat worldwide. Independent news sites are overshadowed by larger heavily funded mainstream media that inundate us with hype and noise that barely scratch the surface. We believe that our readers deserve to know the full story. Truthdig writers bravely dig beneath the headlines to give you thought-provoking, investigative reporting and analysis that tells you what’s really happening and who’s rolling up their sleeves to do something about it.
Like you, we believe a well-informed public that doesn’t have blind faith in the status quo can help change the world. Your contribution of as little as $5 monthly or $35 annually will make you a groundbreaking member and lays the foundation of our work.Support Truthdig