Bernie Sanders Raised $18 Million in 6 Weeks, His 2020 Campaign Says

The announcement puts Mr. Sanders ahead of the other Democratic presidential candidates who have announced their first-quarter fund-raising numbers.

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  1. Since Bernie has nearly 100% name recognition already, his fundraising haul is unlikely to be particularly useful in broadening his appeal beyond the 20% he started with. That 20% figure means that more than half of the folks who voted for him in 2016 prefer someone else now. It also implies he has not won over the support of anybody who voted for Hillary. These are pretty tough hurdles to overcome. This will race will pretty quickly winnow down to 4 major candidates and I have no doubt Bernie,thanks to his fundraising, stubbornness and ego, will be one of the 4 holding on strong to his solid 20%. But I seriously doubt he will be the nominee no matter how much he raises.

  2. @Stan - sour grapes from disaffected Clintonites will not win in 2020

  3. @Stan, 20% of Sanders' 525,000 contributors have never given him money before. He continues to inspire new people to support him. Also, Sanders may not have as much support in the primary polls as he did when it was just him and Clinton (there are a plethora of good candidates running this time, after all), but he is still polling higher than any other declared candidate. He is likely to be the nominee and I hope you vote for him in the general if that's the case.

  4. @Stan Oh, a new EGO accusation. Why don't you consult a VTer about whether Bernie is known to have an ego problem during his forty years of public service there? (I was there for seven of these.) This is preposterous. And your numbers and reasoning are WAY off. Since the fall of 2015, Bernie Sanders has remained THE most trusted and popular presidential candidate, period (based on poll after poll). And trying to suggest this early, fundraising display of continued, broad appeal shows anything NEGATIVE about his popularity is simply contrived. Bernie's supporters from his state are still resoundingly backing him, as are his new supporters from across the country that have come to know him over the past three years. I'm sure desperate attempts will be made to show that Bernie's popularity is somehow slipping, like when new poll figures come out and show that he has less support now among Democrats that he did in 2016 - glossing over the fact that the pool now is divided among a dozen candidates! These are the little tricks that show their bias. The general election will include MANY more voters, most of them neither Democrat nor Republican. Just look at poll numbers for voting age citizens (or registered voters) to see who would likely win in the general election. At this point (as in 2016), it clearly remains Bernie Sanders.

  5. How does he do this without having strings attached to wealthy donors? He raises money from his many small supporters, the strings attached are called democratic. And despite the massive wealth inequality he still has more money. Sounds like he could win big!

  6. @Corbin Sounds like Trump wins big for 4 more years when a Jewish socialist runs against him. And I am both Jewish and a socialist but Sander's followers sat at home and let Trump win in 2016. So much for how smart they are and their donations are meaningless with Trump back in the WH destroying our country for 4 more years.

  7. As a senior citizen, I am standing in solidarity with the young, first time voters, the genxers, the millennials, the greatest generation, and my fellow boomers, as we move forward to elect Senator Bernie Sanders as the 46th President of The United States! #sanders2020 #notmeus

  8. If we've learned anything, its that the number of dollars raised is not the same as the number of votes cast. Ask Hillary Clinton. Ask Howard Dean. Ask Jeb Bush. Fundraising matters (I'm a fundraiser - believe me.) But it is not as determinative as the press would lead us to believe. The 2020 election will not be won with money. It will be won by elbow grease in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Yes, that takes money, but not vast sums.

  9. @Cousy Bernie has the numbers of PEOPLE POWER. He has the enthusiasm of the activists who get out in communities and organize. His campaign is authentically democratic (small D). The others are not.

  10. If you want someone who can beat Trump, Bernie is the one. If you want to continue with democrat corporate shills, Trump will win. Like it or not the majority of Americans are sick and tired of these bought off corporate lackeys in both parties.

  11. @MDM If all the other Dems are "corporate shills" than Bernie is a Marxist Communist. His fanatical supporters seem to hate moderate and liberal Democrats more than they hate Trump. It seems that they would rather Trump get re-elected with all the negative implications for Black, Latino, Gay, poor people, etc. here and around the world than vote for a less radical Dem. Why don't his supporters just vote for Trump, because that will be the result.

  12. @BSargent - Using your logic, shouldn't the corporate shill supporters just vote for Bernie? Because it seems they would rather get Trump re-elected than support Bernie...

  13. @BSargent That's very inaccurate: do you mind sharing your statistics? From a CNN poll, Bernie's target demographic are the most vehemently progressive: 5.5% of Bernie supporters would vote for Trump. But 8.7% of Biden's voters would vote for Trump. Give that a thought or two. I'm ready to be dis-proven here: anecdotally, every Bernie supporter I've met (in knee-deep Trump territory) would take a shot to the head than vote Trump. "In CNN's early February poll, only 5.5% of those polled who said they were very or somewhat likely to vote for Sanders also said the same of Trump. Of possible contenders in the 2020 race, Sanders isn't the one with the highest overlap on Trump support. Of those who said they were very or somewhat likely to support businessman Howard Schultz, 9.8% said they were likely to support Trump as well. Another 8.7% and 7.7% said the same for Joe Biden and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, respectively." https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/05/politics/bernie-trump-voters/index.html

  14. What percentage of Kamala's money came from people giving $200 or less? Significant data point, which is missing.

  15. @JJ - Yes, it would be good to know. I followed the link in the article to the Harris article. That only said that 98% of her donors gave under $200. But it didn't say how much in total they gave. Did a handful shell out millions? We don't know at this point.

  16. There is no question that Sanders inspires enthusiasm in his base, but is his base representative of the broader base of voters Democrats need to win in 2020, and win by enough begin to put the country on a unified path? We don't need to replace a President of the Republicans wiith a President of the Democrats.

  17. @RD, Sanders's donors for this quarter included 100,000 registered Independents and 20,000 Republicans. He has more crossover appeal than most, if not all, of the Democratic candidates.

  18. @calantir Across the board, Biden beats sanders in the polls, in some by a substantail margin. To Sanders' credit, he comes in second. But that still leaves the question about whether voters at large subscribes to his vision.

  19. @RD, you're correct that Biden leads Sanders in the Democratic primary polls, but your initial post was about whether Sanders and whether he had enough broad support. I think it's clear the does. Biden also seems likely to have crossover appeal. But this is an article about campaign donations, and Biden is not a candidate at the moment, so we can't compare his the cross-section of his donors to Sanders'.

  20. We need a candidate who will win. Sanders’ proposals are not popular with the majority of Americans and he does not appeal to minority voters. Choose him and we’re looking at another 4 years of Trump. This from a lifetime liberal Democrat.

  21. @LAM - I don't agree with your assessment. The strength of his fundraising alone says many Americans agree with his proposals -- not to mention polls showing the same.

  22. Many - yes but you need a majority to win. You may be a passionate Sanders supporter and I agree with many of his positions but he doesn’t have a broad enough appeal to win a majority in this country.

  23. @LAM Only half-joking: you don't need a majority to win, as Hillary Clinton in 2016 & Al Gore in 2000 can remind us. The recent polling show that Sanders *does* beat Trump in a lot of places. https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2020/president/us/general_election_trump_vs_sanders-6250.html Depending on the Electoral College, we'll see if a +4.3 Sanders swing is enough. If the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact works out, we're good. At the moment, I'd take a Bernie v Trump Electoral College vote vs anyone else.

  24. Waste of money.

  25. People want to know who all are contributing to these candidates. Are these campaigns driven by big money interests or grass-roots? If this paper is worth its salt, it will expose the TRUE differences between the campaigns. Campaigns will use trickery to get their donation averages down - and these tricks need to be exposed! Campaigns that encourage multiple, minuscule donations online in order to bring down their averages should be reported. Hillary's campaign did this during the later part of the primaries in response to Bernie's popular support and legitimately "better" numbers. NYT did not report this, of course. (But maybe they've changed their ways this time around.)

  26. @carl bumba Yes, that's noted - 88% of Sanders' total funds came from donations of less than $200. What other candidate can make that claim? NYT should report that fact (percentage of total below $200) for all the other candidates.

  27. @Bill Wolfe. There are computer programs that will continually make random dollar amount donations. I’m not saying that he used that at all, but the only real numbers that count will be at the primaries.

  28. @carl bumba A couple of useful metrics it would be nice if the NY Times would track: 1. % of total funds raised in individual donations of under $200 2. NUMBER of individual DONORS who have contributed no more than $200 per month. We can quibble about the $200 figure. But the combination of BOTH metrics would provide a clear view of the situation. Either one by itself is not so informative.

  29. "Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont raised $18.2 million over the first six weeks of his presidential bid, his campaign announced Tuesday, a display of financial strength that cements his status as one of the top fund-raisers in the sprawling Democratic field." "...one of..." Interesting choice of words there Mr. Kaplan. Almost as if there many "top fund-raisers in the sprawling Democratic field". Well, we don't know how much Beto raised but by next week, even you may not be able to write "one of" with a straight face.

  30. I’m not excited about a Bernie presidency... but I think he might be our best shot at taking back the White House from the swamp monster. For better or for worse, people resonate with anger these days, and that alone may be enough to pull Sanders over the finish line. Especially when it comes to the Trump voters who voted for him as a last resort.

  31. @Alex I can respect that. At the same time, the anger is real, in a lot of America: a false justice system for minorities (i.e., killed by law enforcement without accountability), the shocking disregard of climate change legislation, the college application rigging and bribery, corporations walking over our government, and all the while, politicians running to the top 10% of American earners for donations in a barely-concealed sort of legalized corruption. If people *aren't* angry about injustice in America, it feels as if they haven't paid attention. Is that unfair?

  32. @Alex I think you're right. If you had to bet your own money who would likely win the general election, at this point, it would have to be Bernie Sanders. Getting "excited" about your preferred candidate is way over-rated in America. "Hope" is also an over-rated, campaign prerequisite here. Bernie is deeply committed and serious about major changes to our political system - and this is what's behind his working class popularity, IMO.

  33. @Justice. So they let a Republican get in charge?

  34. Bernie has been a force for bringing new thinking and approaches to the Democrats, healthcare and college education among his most prominent programs. And he deserves our respect and appreciation for doing so. But with that new forces are being heard among the party with individuals like Harris, O'Rourke, Abrams, Buttigieg, and others, and we need to listen to them, and support them where we can. They are the future of our country.

  35. @cherrylog754 Your first two are wall street/corporate clad henchmen. Harris supported locking a person up if their high school student was truant. You cannot get more regressive than that. us army 1969-1971/california jd

  36. Why is this headline, an actual news story, smaller than an article about the lack of a scandalous news story in Virginia?

  37. Absolutely wonderful for Bernie! I still believe the next President needs to be under 60. Too much old bad blood in America. It's time to wipe the slate clean.

  38. @John Montalvo That's ageism and inaccurate in this case. Bernie is the best candidate, and given that he's healthy, which he is, and age doesn't matter.

  39. Can we see the receipts? Along with his taxes?

  40. The "campaign says" language in the headline injects uncertainty and undermines the statement by inferring it lacks a factual basis. Do headline editors think the campaign is lying?

  41. In fact, why is this news story far below the story on Kamala Harris' donation numbers, who raised FAR less?

  42. Does he support Medicare4all unconditionally? If yes, he gets my vote (and maybe a few $$s too!).

  43. @Har Yes! Join us!

  44. @Har > Does he support Medicare4all unconditionally? Yes. He was all alone in doing that in 2016 but now he has lots of friends doing the same.

  45. Corporate money and donations from the upper echelons of American's populace have rarely stood for a bright democracy. It's corruption with a kinder name and we Americans should say that loud and clear. We have become an oligarchy, beholden to these gatekeepers of greed. The status quo is rotten. Thank you to Bernie and all Democratic candidates (and Republicans, if there ever were) who have wholly shunned pandering and schmoozing to bundle up $2600 maxed-out donations. Ridiculous it is still a debate in 2019. #RepresentUs #RepealCitizensUnited #EndCorporateGatekeepers

  46. @Justice. We can’t get big money out of politics until we make laws that force it out. Those laws will not be made without Democrats/liberals/progressives/etc in charge. Right now, I don’t care where they get their money, as long as they are dedicated to getting big money out. We are going no where if we are waiting on perfect politicians.

  47. Bernie' Bros. showing in mass early on with their $20 contributions is no prediction that Bernie's appeal will grow. With unrealistic promises, Bernie won't gain the support of the vast America's middle and will stall in the primaries. I hope that then his fans choose not to boycott whoever is the designated Dem candidate.

  48. My serious question is, will you who supported HRC consistently during the rigged DNC Primary in support of her candidacy, in spite of her being a deeply flawed,corporatist candidate of the same system that got us here, (with obscene levels of inequality and increasing oligarchy such that we are inadvertently becoming like Russia, in such desperate times that even two-time voters for Obama ended up voting for Trump because as a country we can’t survive continued strip-mining from the bottom and what’s left of the middle to the top), will you get behind and support the candidate who has the most .grassroots. dedicated support nation-wide (despite no main stream media support, like she had in spades and still lost), and who could actually defeat the unindicted coconspirator? By giving us no other choice, we were forced to vote for the lesser evil. Now, (possibly) the DNC has no candidate they plan to force on the country from the top down this time, but even if they do... Will you?

  49. @Gian Piero. Most of his fans are younger, they have already let Trump make a toxic earth for them to inherit. Well, I guess if they want to be that way, they will making the world toxic or poison forever. Good way to stand your principles?

  50. @Merriwether That was the longest sentence I can remember reading in Comments. Fourteen lines, striking!

  51. For a candidate who loves to rail against the millionaires and billionaires, it's funny that whenever I hear from his campaign, it's only ever them talking about about how much money they have...

  52. @Eli Beckman no, it's talking about how many CONTRIBUTORS and real supporters he has. So you've somehow not seen enough coverage of Medicare for All, $15/hr minimum wage, public university zero tuition, less military spending, and a bunch of other proposals that competitors copy every day??

  53. @Eli Beckman - From multiple small dollar donors and not super PACs. What a wonderful message to hear.

  54. @Eli Beckman, how much money they have matters because of how they raised it. It's not millions bundled together from a small number of wealthy donors, it's millions from hundreds of thousands of average Americans giving in small amounts. Sanders is running to represent average Americans.

  55. Oh goodie!!!!! Money in politics is king; never mind who has the best ideas, ability or temperament to govern and bring the country forward. Isn’t Sen. Warren boring, what with her position papers and avoidance of big money. The press will be covering, with HUGE!! headlines, only those individuals who have accrued the most money because that’s what the looter democracy class demands it. Kamala Harris has been doing Hollywood living room fund raising, Gillibrand likewise has been celebrated in swanky NY living rooms, what could go wrong?

  56. @TedThe NYTimes doesn't emphasize the important point here. Money in politics IS Bernie's biggest contribution to the political debate, to moving America forward. He and Elizabeth Warren are not taking money from big donors because they know that the only way to combat climate change, to get better health care, to stop killing people in the developing world is to get big money out of politics. The headline here shouldn't be about money. It should be about the hundreds of thousands of normal, working Americans who are supporting Bernie's ENORMOUS idea with $20 contributions.

  57. I like Bernie's ideas, and I voted for him in the primary against Hillary, but he is very much on the older side of the candidate age spectrum. I'm not comfortable with the possibility of the election being between two 70+ year old white men from the east coast. Bring on Kamala. We need youth, diversity, and a new perspective. We also need someone who is aggressive and practical instead of a philosophical idealist.

  58. @Gunnar If you think that the age differences of the candidates will determine their performance more than their individual differences in politics I suggest that you look at the past voting behavior of the candidates, including Kamala Harris. If you're progressive or even liberal, Tulsi Gabbard would probably be your best bet if YOUTH (or gender) is paramount for you.

  59. @Gunnar Is Kamala pushing a new perspective? I love the increasing teacher salary push, but I feel like every politician says that (on both sides, as I rightly know here in Kentucky). But, unfortunately like Bernie, she's also got no policy proposals on her site (but at least it has a speech she gave). What is this new trend? Still to be fair, Bernie is most popular with the younger crowd: he wins by a landslide if you only poll people under 29, at least according to Harvard last week: https://iop.harvard.edu/about/newsletter-press-release/18-29-year-olds-likely-democratic-primary-voters-prefer-sanders-biden

  60. @Gunnar Harris supported locking a person up because their high school student was truant! That ruined her for me, although she also seems to shift in the wind and takes money from the Wall Street thieves. So I do not support Harris. If not Bernie, then Warren. us army 1969-1971/california jd

  61. The old guy is still the Pied Piper of the left. I'm still questioning what kind of an administrator he would be. Whom would he appoint and would we just get a left sided Trump-like incompetent to serve in his cabinet.

  62. @Michael Kelly Look at how he's performed thus far as a Senator, Mayor

  63. @Michael Kelly Why does Sanders occur to you in the same realm of competence as a man whose primary use of time is moaning on Twtitter and who has been averaging 20 lies a day lately?

  64. I give $27 to Sanders' campaign with each paycheck. It's not much, but it's what I can afford. I'm confident that Senator Sanders, if elected President, will work hard to make life better for all of us paycheck-earners as well as those in poverty and unemployed. Many of the other Democratic candidates have adopted parts of Sanders' platform, but unlike him, they haven't been advocating for that platform throughout their political lives, and we don't know for sure that they'll carry out M4A, GND, etc., if elected. We need someone who is authentic and can be trusted to do what they say they'll do once they are in office.

  65. @calantir your previous posts show an extensive knowledge of the granular details of Sanders' fundraising. You are pretty obviously a representative of his campaign. There's nothing wrong with that but please don't pretend to be just a supporter collecting your pennies to support his campaign by giving $27 a paycheck. That lack of authenticity makes me less likely to support Sanders, not more.

  66. @Stan, I'm not a representative of his campaign, but I'm very enthusiastic about it. His policies, if enacted, would make a huge positive difference in my life. Because I'm enthusiastic, I've read a lot of articles about his fundraising (like https://www.cbsnews.com/live-news/democratic-fundraising-2020-democratic-candidates-reveal-q1-fundraising-efforts/) for example. Unfortunately, one often has to read widely to get all the details. Hopefully I can volunteer for Sanders' campaign in the future, though I don't have a lot of free time (I commute two hours each way to work, thanks in part to a lack of infrastructure in our country). I think you should ask yourself why you jumped to the conclusion that someone enthusiastic and informed about Sanders must therefore be inauthentic. The fact is, none of us can afford to be politically ignorant in this day and age, especially those in my generation (Millenials) and younger.

  67. @Stan Assuming someone is being disingenuous because they are educated seems like a risky assumption in my experience. And that's an assumption you base your choice for president on? Please take a closer look at the issues and consider supporting Bernie's campaign, this time, because it will benefit you and every American. And thank you in advance!

  68. I volunteered for 8 months for Bernie in Hillary country (NYC). I also gave every time he asked. In my heart I believe he would have won Wisconsin and Michigan. But this time our country has been radicalized by Trump, and people are even less open to "socialist' labels. Also, I'm sensing Bernie is too angry and frankly too old this time around. My money is on Pete Buttigieg, every month till the election. I'll support whomever gets the nomination as long as it's not a Hillary.

  69. Bernie stands above the other candidates with his progressive policies. He is electable. He is pragmatic. He is polling well, including with young voters and with people of color. All you old folks who think he's too old, too white... well, look at the numbers. The data suggests a different picture: he can win.

  70. @Area Man Yes, just because SOME old people become significantly diminished with age does not mean that everyone is affected that way. I believe there are FAR greater differences between the capacities of individual presidents, say between George Busch, Jr. and Obama, than differences due to aging within a single president's term (or two).

  71. There's a lot more where this came from. He's got more donors than the rest of the field, combined. More volunteers than the rest of the field, combined. And he'll have more money than anyone else in the field. All of the candidates have picked up parts of his platform, but we don't want parts of his platform... The other candidates won't be able to compete unless they take huge sums from special interests, lobbyists, etc... but that's political suicide now that a majority is done voting for leaders owned by the corporations and billionaires. The New York Times and the rest of the corporate media will do their best to protect their owners, advertisers, money interests, etc.. .and smear him, ignore ignore, distort, lie, manipulate, etc... just like they did last time. But it's not going to be enough this time. It's time to take back the trillions that have been stolen from the working class in this country and join the rest of the world in securing healthcare for all citizens, education for all citizens, and a habitable planet for the future.

  72. Bernie’s fundraising is under-reported, as others have mentioned. The size of his crowds is also not being reported. Is anyone getting bigger crowds? Hard to answer that question if you only stick to mainstream media.

  73. @russemiller - Sanders had rallies in San Francisco and Los Angeles last week, with crowds of at least 15-16 thousand at each. There was a mention beforehand of the rallies in the NYT, but no post-rally reporting and nothing about the size of the crowds. We just may have to elect him president despite our overlords. The LA Times and some other California news sources did provide crowd estimates. Check those for reference.

  74. Sander’s crowd in Los Angeles was a lot more than the 15,000 reported, more like 20,000. I was there. The area holds many more than 15,000 and the overflow was up the courthouse steps and into the neighboring streets.

  75. In 2016, Bernie was the only candidate talking about getting money out of politics. All of America’s institutions - from health care and education to the catastrophic legal/criminal justice system - are broken. Our institutions are being run by the grifter class; corporate leaders have legally purchased the political leaders and then put the lobbyists in charge of writing the laws and policies designed to shaft the little people, thus guaranteeing that wealth will continue to trickle up to the top. This lucrative arrangement has been entirely acceptable to the centrist in both parties, Democrats and Republicans. It may well be too late to salvage any semblance of a democracy, but we should still try, and if getting money out of politics isn’t on the agenda, then we have no hope at all. I’m supporting Bernie because he actually cares about the people and the future of our potentially great nation, and I can trust him.

  76. @Annie Gramson Hill Right on.

  77. I don't know where Bernie was in 2000 and 2004 but his time has passed no matter how much money he raises. If he thinks he is forcing the party to adopt more progressive positions he is kidding himself. There are far more progressive thinkers out there led by Elizabeth Warren, who will not be the party standard bearer either. The most critical qualification for any Democrat who runs is can she or he rid the country of the scourge in the White House. Bernie is not that candidate.

  78. @Tom Just because Bernie was off YOUR radar in 2000 and 2004 doesn't me he wasn't active as the most popular politician in his home state's history. And you may want to read up on the rich history of American progressive politics. This would include oversight of the financial sector - Elizabeth Warren's (pretty much) singular contribution. But it's MUCH more than this. Its bread and butter is protecting the rights of the working class. Bernie has been actively committed to this for about 40 years. Most progressives would know this. They probably also know that if Bernie had managed to get past the democratic establishment in 2016 he'd be president right now. The primaries have always been the big challenge for progressive politics in our two-party system - NOT the general election. That's the easy part. The majority of the people want progressive reforms.

  79. @Tom - Why not? I'd be interested to read some specifics. In April-May, 2016, at the height of the primaries, Quinnipiac did a series of polls in PA, OH, and FL, comparing a Trump/Sanders race to a Trump/Clinton race. In EVERY case Sanders had a wider winning margin than Clinton. He seemed to appeal to swing voters more effectively than she did. In spite of his "socialism" he came across as a Populist outsider, which was what people wanted. Of course 2020 is not 2016 and DEMs have a wider set of choices. But fundamentally, Sanders' message hasn't changed. Nor have swing voters. Washington outsider Populism still reaches key voting groups. https://poll.qu.edu/2016-presidential-swing-state-polls/release-detail?releaseid=2345

  80. Half the democrats are running on his 2016 platform, just less convincingly. Warren voted republican in the 1990s and believes in markets. As to his moment having passed, seems an odd thing to say about the front runner of the race this early on. Clearly the intelligent strategy especially in a year when most people will be already voting for trump or against him, is to run a centrist candidate with no new ideas and less support. Don't get me wrong Warren is not so bad, but putting her ahead of Bernie despite evidence of the opposite seems ridiculous.

  81. The 2020 DEM Primaries horserace will be a very different beast than 2016 for this reason. In 2016, with just 2 strong candidates, the leader by definition had over 50%. In 2020, Sanders comes in with a big head start, huge name recognition, a donor base and organization already in place, etc. He doesn't need to get 50%. He just needs to get a substantial amount. Much of the remaining support will be fractured among many smaller candidates, preventing any of them from making a strong showing. The math is quite different. Now we just have to wait and see if someone comes along and says, "Five years ago he breathed on my ear while he was whispering advice before I gave a speech and it made me uncomfortable."

  82. I think many astute political commentators have rightly seen that a male + female ticket which has the additional advantages of an African American + an Anglo would work particularly well in the USA Today. Having said that I think that Beto O'Rourke will clearly come up with numbers in the fundraising Rush that will re-establish his credibility as a first-tier candidate. Although I personally opposed him in his race for US Senate, I am sanguine enough to realize that outside of Texas his message will play very well. Bernie Sanders is too old, Joe Biden is too gaffe-prone, Senator Warren simply can't raise the funds and has terrible baggage with her DNA test, And other candidates simply aren't raising any money. So it looks as though the President and Vice President candidates will be Kamala Harris and Beto O'Rourke.

  83. @Mike O'Rourke is an energetic pretty face. Harris is political expediency with a veneer of demographic allure. She might become a good Senator. This country needs a President you can believe in, with serious bold ideas, Bernie Sanders 2020!

  84. Judging from his popularity with younger voters it seems the people LEAST concerned about Sanders' age are the young ones.

  85. @J Jencks Exactly. Anyone who mentions Bernie's age is insincere. The FACT that young people worship him, arguably makes him the greatest candidate in world history! A cranky OLD guy winning the hearts of a billion young people? WOW.

  86. Bernie's failure to release his tax returns (he did not release his tax returns in 2016, either) should disqualify him from the nomination. He seemingly has made a political calculation that the pain of not releasing them is less than the pain of releasing them. Perhaps we would find out that being a Socialist looks a lot like being a capitalist.

  87. @Paul R Fantastic Script you plagiarized there, Paul! Well done! 1) Bernie DID release some tax returns, so your Talking Points were wrong again. 2) As Bernie himself pointed out, he didn't get the NOMINATION and was no longer in the race, so there was no purpose to him and Jane digging up their files etc. You're going to have to try harder to smear Bernie. We, the 99% are fed up and it's time for radical change.

  88. @Brandon Still waiting....it's now April

  89. Whether or not Sanders gets nominated he has already redefined what the 2020 election will be about. It took his challenge and a YUGE trauma to get the DEM leadership to begin to see sense. (There are still some holdouts, but they are outnumbered.)

  90. @J Jencks I must admit, the view from out here in Flyover Country is somewhat different. I'm still getting used to it.

  91. Although I’m not a Bernie fan to begin with, but, seriously, I don’t think he fell the other day, I think he passed out. I’m only saying to keep an eye on his health. He is not going to have as easy of a time as he did before. He is going to be a major target, for many of the people vying for the nomination. The stress will be bad, not like 2016 when most people didn’t take him seriously, so, yeah, just keep an eye on him, he is in for a helava ride.

  92. @Joy - He maintains an unbelievably busy schedule, for a person of any age! I hope I have half his energy when I'm his age. Remember when HRC fainted during her campaign? It happens.

  93. Besides voting, patriotic Americans have a new responsibility of citizenship: give money to run the campaign of your candidate (s). Even if it's just "the widow's mite." If we want a government that truly represents us instead of the rich and powerful, we have to financially support the candidates who run without deep-pocket special interests writing big checks. For most, it's not a painful sacrifice. Just skip a Starbucks fix, an eat-out meal, a new clothing item, an entertainment event. Consider it an investment in democracy and the quality of life of yourself, your family and all Americans.

  94. Bernie showed his total lack of judgement when he claimed the American Dream was now to be found in Venezuela. He is completely and totally out of touch with reality, as are those who support him.

  95. @jaco - Ah yes! ... If only it were true! But Bernie Sanders does NOT see Venezuela that way. The link below provides a detailed rebuttal of the lies attached to Sanders by his various opponents. I will also add one small quote from the article. "It is true that Hugo Chavez’s successor, Nicolas Maduro, did publicly call Sanders “our revolutionary friend” and praised his candidacy – an endorsement neither sought nor welcomed by Sanders or his campaign. In September 2015, Sanders explicitly disavowed any ideological sympathy with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, whom he described as a “dead communist dictator” in an email to campaign supporters. Sanders’s disavowal was scorned by Venezuelan state media and dismayed Chavez’s remaining defenders in the West." https://quillette.com/2018/03/10/sanders-venezuela-meme/

  96. @J Jencks The problem you have is Bernie Sanders own words: "These days, the American dream is more apt to be realized in South America, in places such as Ecuador, Venezuela and Argentina, where incomes are actually more equal today than they are in the land of Horatio Alger. Who's the banana republic now?"

  97. @jaco The Horatio Alger myth is more of a myth than ever. In the US is it is extremely unlikely that children will do better than their parents. A worthwhile read: The Birth of the New American Aristocracy - The Atlantic The US desperately needs Bernie's bold ideas that will lead to better lives for working families and a more thriving nation! President Bernie Sanders 2020!

  98. While breathless reporting of box office intake for movies is mostly silly and annoying, doing the equivalent for political candidates is downright dangerous - we partly owe the "pleasure" of a Trump presidency to that type of nonsense. Money is only loosely related to the quality of a candidate, the prime examples being O'rourke and Trump. People can easily find out who has the most money by observing who annoys them the most with their ads. Focus on the policies, not on the equivalent of "likes".

  99. @Groovygeek We need campaign finance reform for sure. The US system of candidates raising billions for never ending campaigns is absurd, grotesque, and wasteful. But I support Bernie, because, until we do get reform, he's not bought.

  100. Bernie Sanders is George McGovern circa 1972.

  101. Well, Paul, what should we say if a corporate Democrat wins the primary? That the Democratic nominee is Hillary Clinton circa 2016? So-called centrists have proven that if they can't win against Trump and if they are weak in red states then it's time to try a new approach. Progressive policies are supported by a majority of the public.

  102. I'm about to be crucified, but so what. Go away, Bernie. I will never, ever forgive you and the Bernie Bros, for the continued mistreatment and harassment of Clinton, even after she WON the nomination. And, what gives you the right and privilege to run as a Democrat ??? A Dem only when it's convenient, and in your best interests. Don't be a spoiler, again. Bye-Bye. Period.

  103. @Phyliss Dalmatian Spoiler for whom? Whose turn is it supposed to be this time? Right and privilege to run as a Democrat? Unless you'd prefer that he run as the Independent that he is. I'm fine with that. But the Dems would cry if he did that too. Keep in mind that 70% of the electorate are not Democrats. Probably we shouldn't vote Democratic. Good luck winning with your 30%.

  104. I’ll tell you whose turn it is. Younger people. It is time for the elders to exit gracefully and allow those of the next generation to lead our country into the future.

  105. Average donation even less than before! Power to the people! Feel the Bern!

  106. Bernie has long been an advocate for the most important issues facing the country: Medicare for All, campaign finance reform, raising the minimum wage, combating climate change, etc. etc. etc. Now we see other candidates joining him in these positions. But it's important to remember that the measure of the man is that he took these positions and fought for them when it was unpopular to do so. Which means if elected President he will continue to fight for what is right, not what is popular in the moment. The quibbles against him are well known and mostly silly. He is or isn't too much of a Democrat. His supporters didn't support Hillary (they did, actually). He's a socialist (he's not, and everyone who pays attention knows it. Conflating "democratic socialism" with "socialism" is like conflating "dog" and "dog poison." It kinda matters which words we use.) The real opposition to Sanders is not from these quibbles, though. It is from the entrenched wealthy and powerful who have become accustomed to buying Washington and enjoying the benefits for themselves. Right about now, they are petrified. The grassroots support evidenced by this funding report shows that Bernie's support is massive, and growing by day. So, Koch brothers, Republicans in Congress, President Trump, I've written you a haiku: Snow on Mount Fuji Washington buried in lies Sunrise in Vermont

  107. @Asher B. Anyone who thinks all these free bees are possible is out of touch with the world. We are over 22 Trillion Dollars in debt where exactly do you think the money will come from? The only answer would be the middle class AGAIN. Why can't people just work to pay for their own debts like the rest of us? The poor won't have to contribute one dime, the rich hide their incomes, so guess what the hard middle class workers will have to foot the bill again through their taxes.

  108. Beto has not announced his campaign donation numbers yet...what's new

  109. If this announcement by the Sanders campaign shows me one thing, there are still plenty of Millennials drowning in Student Loan Debt and still have hopes of getting their savior elected. And of course I'm including their parents, grandparents, and uncles and aunts who continue to chip in to pay off their debt. Remember, these are the same individuals who didn't know Bernie Sanders from Colonel Sanders before the run-up to the 2016 election. With that said, Sanders, in my estimatimation, remains a 'one-trick pony'. Nor will I ever forget, nor forgive, when every vote counted, his campaign officials letting those 'Anyone but Hillary' t-shirts appear in the final days of the 2016 election.

  110. A "one-trick pony"? Obviously, your ignoring a 38 year record that says just the opposite. Merc, if you think that corporate-backed candidates are on your side, you are sorely mistaken.

  111. Every vote does NOT count. That's part of the problem. Hillary has no one to blame but Hillary. She set up shop in Brooklyn! And then spent her time preaching to the choir. In the game of "electoral college", that's a good way to lose, as she proved.

  112. I'm feeling for Bernie as he has done so many Rally's that he is loosing his VOICE! Dear Bernie, take time off and HEAL your voice because you're going to need it down the road! PLEASE TAKE TIME OFF AND HEAL! We LOVE YOU and want full steam ahead come 2020!

  113. BERNIE's the best -- he's getting on now, but I'm starting to get behind him again. In 2015 I gave relatively small but regular sums, and I may start doing this again now. His platform is my platform! I've stood behind him through his years in office. If we ever get Medicare for All it will be because he convinced a great many people, including the new Democrats in the House, that we could get such a thing -- and that we'd pay for it through our taxes, but according to income! We need Bernie to stick by all the progressive measures we so badly need!

  114. Bernie has strong grassroots support because he does not take big money. Never has. The other candidates do take big money. That explains the difference in policies and why Bernie is willing to take on the powerful special interests that control Washington and state houses across the country. Bernie has been consistent in talking about the same issues for his entire political life, not just because he's running for president.