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Politico: Donors Have Given Ben Carson $10.5 Million

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By    |   Wednesday, 01 Jul 2015 03:10 PM

Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon running for president as a Republican, has taken in more than $10 million during his campaign that started in early May.

According to a Politico report, Carson's campaign has earned $10.5 million in donations during the first quarter of his candidacy.

The total breaks down to 210,000 donations at an average of $50 each.

"We obviously set some goals internally. We've exceeded those goals," Carson's senior adviser Mike Murray told Politico.

Murray added that the majority of each donation is $200 or less. Carson took out a $25,000 loan when he launched his presidential exploratory committee in March, and campaign spokesman Doug Watts told Politico "there never will be" any more debt taken on by the campaign.

In late May, it was reported that Carson's campaign had taken in $6 million since forming his exploratory committee, and $2.6 million since announcing his candidacy on May 4. Those figures mean donors have given Carson's campaign an additional $4.5 million since.

"I've never seen someone go from zero to 60 as fast as he has," Murray said at the time. "I think it's safe to say that nobody has built a grass-roots following in the past 18 months commensurate to what Dr. Carson has built."

Experts have predicted that candidates will need at least $50 million to get through the GOP primaries next year.

Leading the fundraising charge in the crowded field of 14 Republican candidates is former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who had hoped to take in $100 million by the end of June. It appears he might have fallen short of that goal, but his numbers are still large.

On the left, Hillary Clinton is on track to earn $45 million in the first quarter of her campaign, it was revealed Wednesday.

Candidates will have to report their earnings for the quarter that ended Tuesday sometime in July. When the figures are made public, they will tell a story of who is doing well and who is struggling.

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