Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders raised more than $1.3 million in the first four hours after the Democratic debate began, according to his campaign.
Sanders scored more than 37,600 individual contributions, averaging $34.58 during the four-hour stretch, spokesman Michael Briggs said.
The Vermont senator’s campaign sought to capitalize on one of the biggest moments of Tuesday’s debate, Sanders’ insistence that the “American people are tired of hearing about” Hillary Clinton’s “damn emails.”
The debate wasn’t even over when Sanders’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver emailed supporters a video clip of the quote and asked them to send a small donation “before Bernie steps off the stage.”
Clinton’s aides also sought to parlay her strong performance into campaign cash. “Turn on your TV,” was the subject line of a mid-debate email from former President Bill Clinton. “Chip in $1 right now and show her you’re with her.”
On Wednesday morning, Clinton’s camp wasn’t saying whether her big night on the debate stage yielded big dollars.
Sanders, who rails against money in politics, has proved very adept at raising it for his campaign. Fueled largely by small donations, the self-described democratic socialist raised $26 million during the summer, just $2 million shy of Clinton’s haul.