Bernie Sanders Raises $1.5 Million in 24 Hours After Announcement of Presidential Bid

Bernie Sanders is Hillary Clinton's contender in the Democratic primaries. (Reuters)
Bernie Sanders is Hillary Clinton’s contender in the Democratic primaries. (Reuters)

It looks like socialism sells.

Sen. Bernie Sanders — the Independent who announced an uphill fight against Hillary Clinton on Thursday – hauled in $1.5 million since he officially jumped into the race, the Vermont liberal revealed.

That’s more than several upper-tier Republicans immediately raised after announcing their own campaigns with well-orchestrated rollouts. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) raised $1.25 million, and Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) each said they raised a million.

Sanders low-budget announcement consisted of an outdoor press conference at the Capitol grounds location known as the Senate “swamp,” and a round to TV interviews.

“We hoped this thing would take off and it did,” Tad Devine, a Democratic consultant who is advising Sanders, told the Post. “We’re thrilled, obviously.”

Clinton’s campaign is expected to be a cash juggernaut. Her husband is flying around Africa this week with 20 well-heeled donors who have given up to $33 million to their campaigns and the Clinton Foundation, according to a Post analysis.

But she’ll have to be more mindful than ever when screening big contributors, given the scrutiny Clinton fundraising has gotten in recent weeks.

“With you’re help we are off to a great start,” Sanders tweeted Friday. “In the last day we had over 100,000 join us, 35,000 donate, and raised more than $1.5 million.”

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SOURCE: Geoff Earle 
New York Post

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