Listen: Senator Bernie Sanders, Barack Obama And Hillary Clinton discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"Next year on the one hand we've seen a lot made already of the fact that nobody in the race right now is matching the kind of totals that we saw in two thousand seven from the democratic field that year Hillary Clinton brought in twenty six million dollars in the first quarter with Barack Obama kind of stunning the political world. By raising nearly as much twenty five million dollars. I mean, neither of them is an incumbent that raising twenty six and twenty five million dollars in the first quarter. Yeah. And John Edwards and Bill Richardson also brought in respectable halls in the first quarter again that last time Democrats will running without a democratic incumbent. Here's the equivalent numbers from this year. Senator Bernie Sanders has lot raked in over eighteen million dollars. That puts him ahead of what John Edwards had this time in two thousand seven, but even with that you can see none of the democrat of the democratic candidates is hitting the types of numbers that the candidates hit in two thousand seven. That said two thousand seven that donations to democratic candidates weren't being divvied up five million ways. Among all the different people who are running on the democratic side this year when there are fewer candidates running. Maybe each of them gets a bigger piece of the pie. That said if any Democrats going to beat Trump in two thousand twenty you want the whole democratic pie to be higher as George W Bush might say, you want the whole democratic pie to be really big you want fundraising numbers that represent democratic engagement and interest and commitment and on that point there are some really encouraging numbers for Democrats when it comes to you looking not just at the the size of the piles of money that each candidate has put together look at the number of people who are making donations to democratic candidates this year, for example, go back to two thousand seven in the first quarter two thousand seven Barack Obama had one hundred and four thousand donors which was an astronomical number at the time. Hillary Clinton had a very large number self sick over sixty thousand donors, but Obama blew everybody away with getting more than one hundred thousand donors in that first quarter. Look at this year apples to apples comparison. This is first quarter of the year before the first quarter of the year before the election in the first quarter. Five hundred and twenty five thousand people have donated to Bernie Sanders this campaign alone, a Rourke Buddha. Judge Harris Warren, they've each got over one hundred and thirty thousand people that donate to their campaigns. They've all got more donors tapped already than"