- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson’s campaign has secured more than $2.9 million in online contributions in the first two weeks of August, powered by a “money bomb” on Monday to try to boost his name ID ahead of the presidential debates.

During the two-week period, more than 90,000 people contributed an average of $32 online, the campaign said.

“The fact that we received more than 90,000 individual small contributions is overwhelming, and a major boost for the campaign,” Mr. Johnson said. “It is increasingly clear that a great many Americans, from across the political spectrum, are ready to join our effort to offer an experienced, credible alternative to the polarizing nominees of the Republican and Democratic parties.”

The campaign said they exceeded a $1.5 million goal for the Aug. 15 “money bomb,” including contributions attributed directly to the bomb and received over the previous few days in direct responses to join.

The campaign dubbed the effort #15for15, encouraging individual donations of $15 in an effort to get Mr. Johnson to the 15 percent needed in national polling to qualify for the presidential debates starting next month.

“These contributions, and the enthusiasm behind them, are providing the fuel we need to take our message of smaller government and greater freedom to the millions of voters who are looking for a way to break the two-party status quo,” Mr. Johnson said.

The totals are a big step up from June, when the campaign pulled in about $664,000. The campaign has not yet released its July fundraising numbers, which are due to the Federal Election Commission later this month.

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