Bernie Sanders is raking in small-dollar contributions from an enormous number of donors, bringing his fundraising numbers close to those posted by his leading Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
The Vermont senator received $26 million in contributions, $2 million of which came in on Wednesday, just before the quarterly disclosure deadline, according to a campaign spokesman. Meanwhile, Clinton’s campaign announced it raised more than $28 million. The numbers have undoubtedly bolstered Sanders’s camp, which as of close of the second-quarter had $12.2 million cash on had. In comparison, Clinton then stood at $28.9 million.
Sanders’s success in gathering small-dollar donations speaks to the grassroots movement he has built on the campaign trail. On Wednesday night, he reached 1 million online contributions, outpacing President Obama’s 2008 campaign, which didn’t reach that mark until February of that year.
Clinton’s campaign has touted the number of small donations her camp received, but she’s also had success holding big-dollar fundraisers—a method the Sanders’s campaign has not pursued. “This deadline is an opportunity to send a powerful message to the political media and the super PACs attacking us about the strength of our campaign,” the campaign told supporters on Facebook.