- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Sen. Bernard Sanders may have lost a majority of states on Super Tuesday, but he continues to pull ahead of Democratic presidential primary rival Hillary Clinton in the money race.

The Sanders campaign announced Tuesday it raised $42.7 million in February, and the Clinton campaign announced Wednesday morning it raised $30 million during the month.

Mr. Sanders argues his impressive fundraising win in February is further evidence he’d be a stronger nominee in November.

“Donald Trump is going to have plenty of money to compete in November,” said Jeff Weaver, campaign manager for Mr. Sanders. “It’s important that our nominee be able to raise the hundreds of millions of dollars necessary to defeat the Republicans in November. Secretary Clinton’s reliance on maxed-out mega-donors isn’t sustainable and should scare Democrats who want to keep the White House in November.”

But the Clinton campaign is pushing back against the notion it is solely depending on the wealthy for its donations and insists its grassroots fundraising has picked up dramatically.

“We continue to beat every fundraising goal and, more importantly, make smart and efficient investments,” Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said in a statement. “Grass-roots support is truly powering this campaign as the majority of our fundraising came from online donations. That support has helped Hillary Clinton gain momentum by winning three out of four contests in February, and eight on Super Tuesday. We move forward with a commanding pledged delegate lead and the resources we need to run a competitive race.

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