Accuracy in Media

President Donald Trump raised $125 million in the third quarter of 2019 – more than all Democratic presidential candidates combined.

According to the mainstream media, the fundraising champion for the third quarter of 2019 was Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

“Fueled by an army of low-dollar donors,” wrote Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Sean Sullivan and Amy Wang of the Washington Post, Sanders raked in $25.3 million, his campaign said, “the largest quarterly haul by a Democrat presidential candidate so far this year.”

It would have been more, but “The Democratic field has split up the donor base, which is giving to multiple candidates or not giving at all until donors see the primary field narrow,” , the Post reported.

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg took in $19.1 million – “less than Sanders did but an amount that gives him staying power in a crowded field.”

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), raised $11.6 million – “on par with her haul last quarter.” And Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) took in $6 million, bringing the Democrat total to $56 million.

But Sanders was the star of the quarter. His take “rivals his $16 million haul at this point in the primary campaign in 2015, when he stunned the Democratic field by nearly matching the total of his opponent, Hillary Clinton, with an infusion of money from donors giving less than $200. Yet this time, he is facing more than a dozen opponents,” the Post wrote.

It’s especially good news given Sanders has fallen behind former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warre(D-Mass.) in some polls. His fundraising email list, “which has been without an equal in recent years, could help him weather those challenges into a crucial fall stretch,” the Post wrote.

The Post also wrote that ActBlue, the Democrat online fundraising tool, announced it had had the largest number of individual contributions in a day since its founding in 2014, although no such announcement can be found on its website or any other news account.

It does not cite the amount but does point out that WinRed, the GOP platform for online donations, took in $13.7 million in the six days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an impeachment inquiry.

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