With just over 12 hours left before the end of the quarter fund raising deadline, the Bernie Sanders campaign announced at 11:30 AM this morning that it reached the amazing milestone of one million individual contributions; “We’ve just reached our goal of one million online contributions. There’s still 12 hours to send a powerful message about the strength of our movement before tonight’s midnight ET deadline.”
Bernie Sanders is not only the first candidate running for the 2016 presidency to reach one million contributions, but his campaign has reach this milestone earlier than any presidential candidate in history – the goal was last achieved by President Obama in October 2011.
The Sanders campaign has been fed by a diet of small donations with this week’s donations averaging just under $25. Sanders has consistently refused to take money from any super PACs and his campaign is capitalizing on this accomplishment as an opportunity to send a powerful message “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 posted in a fundraising message on Facebook. “Let’s make sure they hear us loud and clear.”
Last quarter Sanders campaign raised $15 million in only two months with average contribution of $34 and 99% of contributions amounting to less than $250. Sanders makes use of the popular site Reddit, a collection of forums, to raise money. His subreddit is the largest of any presidential candidate and boasts more than 110,000 members. To show their enthusiasm today, as the deadline approached, members of his subreddit posted screenshots of their donations as encouragement for others to do the same.
Bernie Sanders’ campaign is truly a grassroots movement founded on the powerful message of economic popularism – the idea that establishment economics is not working to help the poor and the middle class. As Bernie Sanders gets the message out, more and more people from Maine to California are ‘feeling the bern’ as evidenced by this truly amazing milestone that the Sanders campaign reached today.
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.