Top officials for Hillary Clinton's campaign have long said their fundraising goal for 2015 is $100 million—but the campaign's haul for Clinton's first three months in the race suggest she'll easily surpass that.
The campaign will report raising $45 million between its launch in mid-April and June 30, aides said Wednesday—a record for a presidential candidate's first quarter in the race. Previously, the most money raised by a candidate in their first three months in the race was President Obama's reelection bid in 2012, when he raised $41.9 million in primary money. It's also considerably more than Clinton's first quarter as a candidate in the 2008 race, when she brought in $26 million (which was for both the primary and the general election).
The new numbers—released by the campaign the day after the quarter ended, though final reports aren't due to the Federal Election Commission until July 15—come after a frenzied schedule of fundraising events across the country. At this point, Clinton's campaign is focusing solely on raising money that can be used in the Democratic primary; the entire $45 million haul is primary money.
Just over 90 percent of donations were for $100 or less, the campaign noted.
Though Clinton aides haven't released information about the total number of donors, the campaign must have received at least 134,000 donations in the second quarter, based on the financial information her campaign provided. The actual number is likely far higher, but there is no way to know anything more than the minimum without more data than the Clinton campaign provided Wednesday.
Clinton's Democratic primary opponents haven't released their fundraising details yet, but Sen. Bernie Sanders told CNN Tuesday that his campaign has received 200,000 donations—a sign of his strength among the progressive grassroots.
Clinton thanked supporters in a handwritten note posted to her Twitter account. "Thank you so much for being part of this campaign," she wrote. "I'm grateful for all you've done and excited for what comes next."
Scott Bland contributed to this article
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