15 Oct 2020
Joe Biden’s presidential campaign beat monthly fundraising records again in September with an impressive $383m in donations.
The money raised last month has left Mr Biden with a $432m war chest, his campaign manager said, as he is currently significantly ahead of the incumbent Donald Trump with just 20 days to go until the election.
The amount far outstrips the $154 million raised by 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in September 2016.
“Mr Biden’s haul in September beat the previous record of $364.5m, which he had set in August. The Trump campaign and Republican National Committee have not yet released their fundraising totals for September, but their August total of $210m trailed the Democrats by some $150m,” reported the Financial Times on Thursday.
The donations, reveal figures, came from 5.5 million donors with an average contribution of around $44.
On the news, the former Vice President under Obama tweeted: “To every person who chipped in a few dollars last month — thank you. Because of your support, we raised an astounding $383 million. I'm incredibly humbled. There's still more work to be done, but I wanted to share the good news with Trimicka, one of our grassroots supporters.”
Biden campaign manager Jen O'Malley Dillon later tweeted that 1.1 million of last month’s donors were new, and that $203 million came from online donors.
Democrats experienced a surge in donations in September following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Supreme Court justice who was an equal rights advocate – and, often, a thorn in the Republicans’ side.