The Bernie Sanders cult liked to claim that his campaign was backed by small donors because the average donation was $27.
Like every other word that comes out of Bernie’s gulaghole, including some of the commas, that was a lie. Meanwhile Trump is showing what a real populist small donor campaign can look when the average isn’t $27, it’s $4.
President Trump’s re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee said on Tuesday they had raised $105 million in the second quarter of this year, outraising President Barack Obama in the equivalent period during his 2012 re-election campaign and signaling that Mr. Trump will have far more resources than he did in 2016.
Mr. Trump and his committees raised $54 million, they said, and the Republican National Committee raised $51 million, money that can be plowed into television and digital advertising, get-out-the-vote efforts and other activities related to the 2020 election.
Trump campaign officials said they received 725,000 individual donations online, with supporters giving an average of $4 — small-donor enthusiasm that was unprecedented in Republican politics, according to a committee official, who noted it was the first time the Republican National Committee attracted a larger share of donations under $200 than the Democratic National Committee.
This is what a populist fundraising wave looks like. The Democrats could harness it. But they need a popular candidate first.