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WashPo Tries to Throw Water on Bernie’s ‘$27 Average Donation’ Rallying Call

Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 12.03.26 PM“What’s our average donation?”

“27 dollars!!”

It’s a call-and-response as familiar to Sanders’ fans as “Who’s gonna pay for the wall?” (“Mexico!!”) is to Trump’s crowds. And it’s one that Washington Post‘s Philip Bump tried to splash some cold water on Monday morning.

“At its heart, the idea is just a talking point,” Bump writes.

Using the campaign’s data, Bump concludes after February fundraising (when the Bernie camp started touting the “$27” figure), the more accurate average donation size hovered around $29. But now that the 27-dollar figure has become something of a campaign totem it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy, since the Sanders camp encourages $27 donations on their website and the candidate is using the number as a rallying call. The number, Bump writes, is a point of pride for Sanders fans.

Taking March data into account, the average donation has dropped to “$27.88 — or $28 on average” [emphasis added].

“The campaign encourages those $27 donations, and his fans are excited to oblige, Bump concludes. “But is the average $27 every day? Not according to data from the campaign.”

[h/t Washington Post]

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