Hillary Clinton raised a record $45 million dollars in donations from supporters during the first quarter of her campaign, according to early numbers released by her staff.
Although all numbers are not finalized yet, the mid-April to June 30 haul appears to be a record for a candidate in their first quarter, with the previous record having been held by President Obama, raising $41.9 million in the first quarter of his re-election campaign.
Ninety-one percent of all donations were $100 or less, according to Hillary for America Chairman, John Podesta. Clinton said that this was a number she and the campaign are "especially proud of."
"I'm grateful for all you've done and excited for what comes next. When the road ahead is tough you need the best people by your side," Clinton told her supporters on Twitter. "That's why I'm thankful for you."
Clinton's campaign has put much more effort into raising money this quarter, and the efforts have paid off as she only raised $26 million during the same first quarter during the 2008 primaries. The Democratic frontrunner has travelled to 18 states during the past two and a half months, holding over 26 fundraisers since May 3.
While many of Clinton's cash gathering practices remain low-key, such as a Flag Day dinner in New Hampshire, others held $2,700 entry tickets (the maximum donation by an individual donor), and included luxuries such as caviar and serenades from Lady Gaga. Clinton has been raising over an average of $550,000 per day.
While the fundraising quarter ended July 1, candidates do not have to report their earnings until July 15. Some Republicans have boasted large hauls this quarter, and it is expected that Jeb Bush raised over $100 million.
"Some of the Republicans are rumored to have raised $100 million into their war chests, every penny of which they'll use to tear down our campaign and strengthen theirs," Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook told supporters, "To prepare ourselves against this kind of onslaught, we're going to continue to do this the right way: by building a campaign with the broadest possible base of support ... So I think it's fair to say you can expect a few more fundraising emails from me over the course of this campaign."
The Clinton campaign was the first to volunteer its numbers, and more are expected to leak during the next two weeks.