- The Washington Times - Monday, February 29, 2016

If Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont doesn’t win the Democratic nomination, one thing is clear: It will not be because of a lack of fundraising.

Mr. Sanders said his backers were aiming to raise $40 million by Monday’s end-of-the month deadline, setting the ambitious goal of bringing in more than that in February alone. As of Sunday, Mr. Sanders campaign had raised more than $36 million from 1.2 million individual contributions, his campaign said in a statement. That sum already makes the shortest month of the year the best yet in the 10-month-old campaign.

The average donation to the Sanders campaign is $27, the statement said.

“That in itself is revolutionary because we can show billionaires we can run a campaign without their money,” Mr. Sanders said during a campaign rally in Colorado on Sunday.

Recognizing the Sanders threat poised by fundraising, Mrs. Clinton’s team sent out an email on Friday, pleading with her backers to donate more, and warned them what happened in New Hampshire, when the former secretary of state lost by double-digits after being outspent nearly 3-to-1 by the Sanders campaign.

It’s amazing that 800,000 people have chipped in to own a piece of this campaign, but with just four days left until Super Tuesday, we can’t ignore the fact that we’re really being outspent in key states,” Dennis Cheng, Mrs. Clinton’s national finance director, wrote in an email. “The Sanders campaign is outspending us on television by hundreds of thousands of dollars in Minnesota and Oklahoma, and they’re more than doubling our spending in Colorado.”

On Sunday, Mrs. Clinton walloped Mr. Sanders in South Carolina, winning by a 5-to-1 ratio among black voters. Mr. Sanders still won the majority of white voters in the state and is betting on midwestern states like Minnesota, where there is a predominately white electorate, to help carry him through Super Tuesday.

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