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Bernie Sanders Reaches 1 Million Donations Faster Than Any Presidential Campaign in History

And dedicated Super PACS are not part of the equation.

This morning, the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign announced that it had crossed the threshold of one million individual contributions to his campaign. 

As the Wall Street Journal notes, this is a record for U.S. presidential campaigns. During his 2008 run, Barack Obama did not reach this threshold until February of 2008. During his 2012 run for re-election, he did not hit it until October 2011.

The number of donors behind these contributions to Bernie for President was not released, but it is presumably lower than one million, as many give repeat contributions. The Sanders campaign did release its average contribution number, which is $24.86. The campaign has repeatedly pointed out that it is not supported by dedicated Super PACs, as are all of his opponents on the GOP side and Martin O'Malley and Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side.

With the Federal Elections Commission deadline for the third quarter of 2015 ending tonight, we will soon see how much money the Sanders campaign—and the campaigns of his rivals—raised in total. 

Zaid Jilani is an AlterNet staff writer. Follow @zaidjilani on Twitter.

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