The Vermont Senator was the talk of the Internet following last night's debate, raising over a million dollars in just a few hours.
Last night’s first democratic debate had its fair share of moments, but for the most part was a civil discussion about the issues Americans are the most concerned with. While pundits have been choosing their favorite performers from the debate, the one true metric of performance can be found in the contributions made by American viewers. And according to a report from the Examiner, Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Senator, was the undisputed champ of fundraising, amassing a whopping $1.3 million from small contributions in just a matter of 4 hours.
Sanders and his primary opponent, Hillary Clinton, spent the night volleying various viewpoints on issues like the economy, the climate, and money in politics. Sanders gained a raucous laugh and a handshake of gratitude from Clinton after he announced that the country was tired of hearing about her “damn emails.”
Sanders, a self-proclaimed “democratic socialist,” spoke with grace and conviction about the income inequality facing the nation, taking a strong stance against large financial institutions where other candidates tried to divert the blame for the nation’s monetary woes.
Sanders took advantage of the screen-time to bolster his innovative campaign model, which relies heavily on a large volume of small donations from individual supporters across the country. The Senator had no special interests to appease but those of the general voting population, and his honesty and charisma led to a record-breaking night of grassroots fundraising.