Bernie Sanders’ campaign announced it raised $20 million in January -- just before the Iowa caucus and the beginning of the presidential primaries.
According to campaign aides, more than 770,000 individual contributions came in over the course of January, bringing the total number of donations past 3.2 million. That number is reportedly a record for donations so early on in a campaign, according to USA Today.
Democratic rival and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has yet to release January fundraising figures, but has a goal of $50 million in the first three months of 2016. Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said January’s fundraising puts the Vermont senator on track to beat Clinton’s goal.
“Working Americans chipping in a few dollars each month are not only challenging but beating the greatest fundraising machine ever assembled,” Weaver said in a statement.
Just a day before the Iowa caucus, Sanders spoke to roughly 1,200 of the state’s residents and compared his campaign to Clinton’s.
“It is fair to say that of any objective assessment of Secretary Clinton’s campaign and my campaign -- she has some really good people, I am not knocking her -- but I think the excitement and energy is with our campaign,” he told Variety, adding that his campaign was run on the “radical” concept of “telling the Americans the truth.”