“In order to get anywhere in the primaries, you need to have enough money to be noticed”, says Michael Malbin, executive director of the nonpartisan Campaign Finance Institute (CFI) in Washington.
Going into this quarter, though, Clinton had around 400 paid-staffers, by far the most of any Presidential campaign. He had raised a mere $15 million to Clinton’s $47.5 million in the previous quarter.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign revealed its third-quarter fundraising coming in at $28 million, barely ahead of Sanders’ campaign’s haul.
Before this deadline, Clinton had a wide gap over other campaigns – she had more than twice as much as any other campaign and more than three times as much as Sanders by the end of the second quarter.
The sum is nearly exactly what she brought in during the same period during her 2008 bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Clinton headlined 58 fundraisers this summer, CNN reports, while Sanders only did seven.
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.
As with Obama, many of Sanders’s donations have been from people contributing small amounts.
Sanders, meanwhile, is spending very little time crisscrossing the country for such fundraisers. Clinton, whose doing all she can to keep her approval ratings high, will look to round up a solid comedic routine to impress viewers at home.
A spokesperson added that thanks to the supporters the campaign could meet its goals and build an organization that is able to mobilize the millions of voters who want Hillary Clinton in our White House. The majority of Clinton’s donations come from donations of between $200 and the campaign contribution limit of $2,700. However, the Vermont senator has barreled past her in the number of donations coming from individuals, showing that Sanders is appealing to the Democratic base.
“First of all, Hillary Clinton, the great tolerant one with rainbow Twitter avatars granting open-mindedness to any family formation under the sun, seems a bit more traditional in private than she does in public“, Palin wrote. That means she set aside just $3 million of that total.