Are you sitting down? Since the polls in New Hampshire closed last night, Democratic primary winner Bernie Sanders has received $5.2 million in donations. Since he already set the record for the highest amount of donations for any non-incumbent ever back in December, it looks like he just broke his own record.
In September, Sanders became the first candidate from this election cycle to reach 1 million individual donors and the campaign has worn the private donations like a badge of honor. On his website, every page ends with “Paid for by Bernie 2016 (not the billionaires),” which is a direct reference to the super PACs funding the other candidates’ campaigns and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton taking money from Wall Street. When Sanders got a donation from ultra-rich “pharma-bro” Martin Shkreli, he donated it to HIV/AIDS research.
Last night, the candidate called for donations, “whether it’s 10 bucks or 20 bucks or 50 bucks,” and he got them.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 10, 2016
According to Politico, the $5.2 million crushed the record for most money raised in a day, too. It also crushed the server for the campaign’s website and the democratic donation site, ActBlue.
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