Many candidates, like Sanders, Yang, Klobuchar, Biden, and Booker had the best fundraising quarters of their campaigns.
Several Democratic candidates for president are celebrating after the final fundraising numbers for the fourth quarter of 2019 were made public.
Sen. Bernie Sanders raised a whopping $34.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, closing out a historic year of fundraising in which he was consistently near the top of the 2020 pack. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg raised the second most in the field, bringing in $24.7 million in donations from more than 326,000 people, his campaign said.
Both candidates have been consistently strong fundraisers throughout the primary thus far, and are considered frontrunners both nationally and in early states. But also of note were the fundraising totals of candidates that lack the strong polls numbers enjoyed by Sanders and Buttigieg, particularly the fundraising of entrepreneur Andrew Yang and Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
Yang, who is running on a platform centered around universal basic income, had the best fundraising quarter of his campaign, bringing in $16.5 million. The total topped his third quarter fundraising by $6.5 million and was accompanied by a glowing piece in BuzzFeed News declaring “Andrew Yang Could Win This Thing.” Klobuchar also had an impressive showing, hauling in $11.4 million, an all-time best for her campaign and a 137% increase over her third quarter fundraising numbers.