Baku, July 2, AZERTAC
Democrat Hillary Clinton has raised $45 million for her presidential bid during the first fundraising quarter of the 2016 campaign, figures released Wednesday show, according to USA Today.
The haul, all of it in money set aside for the primary fight, exceeds the record for primary money raised in a candidate's first fundraising quarter, set byPresident Obama when he raised $41.9 million in primary dollars during the same period in 2011. The totals were discussed by a campaign official who was not authorized to disclose the figures publicly.
The number also surpasses the $36 million Clinton raised during the opening quarter of her 2008 presidential bid.
Clinton's team has touted its push to raise money in more modest amounts. While the final figures still are being tallied, the numbers appear to highlight Clinton's early grassroots success: 91% of donations have come in amounts of $100 or less.
"Many people doubted whether we could build an organization powered by so many grassroots supporters," Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said in an email to Clinton's backers late Monday morning. "Today's announcement proves them wrong."
Tuesday marked the end of the April-to-June fundraising quarter for federal candidates. Clinton is the first major presidential candidate to release her fundraising totals. She leads her Democratic rivals — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee — in early polling.
Allies of Republican contender Jeb Bush have predicted he could exceed $100 million in contributions, virtually all of it flowing to outside groups that can raise money in unlimited amounts to back his candidacy.
Democrats are likely to trail fair behind Republicans in outside money. Priorities USA Action, a super PAC aiding Clinton's candidacy, is not expected to raise more than $15 million.
In his email, Mook warned supporters that they can't get "complacent" in the face of an expected Republican onslaught and immediately asked for more donations.
Clinton does not have to disclose the paperwork detailing her fundraising and spending until July 15.