Hillary Clinton has set the pace for first quarter fundraising. She has out raised the previous winner, President Barack Obama.
Clinton’s haul from her campaign’s launch in mid-April through June 30 is a record for primary money raised in a candidate’s first quarter. President Barack Obama held the previous record, raising $41.9 million after launching his re-election bid.
Money is a big obstacle to overcome. It not only takes money to get your message across to the public, it takes money before many potential supporters will consider you a serious candidate.
Looking only at fundraising, it looks like there is currently very little competition against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination.
The other candidates vying for the Democratic nomination, meanwhile, will likely have fundraising totals that are dwarfed by Clinton’s. Senator Bernie Sanders said he had attracted 200,000 donors as of mid-June and his campaign had raised $8.3 million online through June 17, according to FEC filings by ActBlue, the fundraising platform that he and some other left-leaning candidates and causes use. Another candidate for the Democratic nomination, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, who launched his bid in late May, raised $331,000 on ActBlue through mid-June.
If Bernie Sanders or Martin O’Malley don’t manage to up their fundraising totals, the question won’t be about who the Democratic nominee is, the question will be whether the other Democratic candidates can move Mrs. Clinton’s position further to the left.