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Within three-and-a-half hours of announcing his 2020 presidential campaign, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders had already raised more than $1 million, a campaign aide confirmed on Tuesday.
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It was not immediately known how big the average donation was, the aide said, although Sanders said in a tweet that supporters from all 50 states have already donated.
After weeks of speculation, Sanders early Tuesday morning confirmed that he was launching a presidential bid during an interview with Vermont Public Radio (VPR).
"What I promise to do is, as I go around the country, is to take the values that all of us in Vermont are proud of — a belief in justice, in community, in grassroots politics, in town meetings — that's what I'm going to carry all over this country," Sanders told VPR.
During the 2016 presidential election, when Sanders was runner-up to then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, the Democratic socialist eschewed PAC donations. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, contributions under $200 accounted for about 58 percent, or about $134.6 million, of his total funds.
Comparatively, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., who announced her own presidential bid at the end of January, raised more than $1.5 million within 24 hours. The first 12 hours alone registered $1 million in funding, and the average donation was around $37, according to The Wall Street Journal.
According to Harris’ website, she will also not be accepting PAC donations.
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Harris served as the attorney general in California until 2017 when she was elected to the Senate.
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