Washington: Hillary Clinton announced Wednesday she raised a record $45 million in the first quarter of her US presidential bid, putting the Democratic frontrunner in prime financial position in the opening months of her 2016 campaign.
"Here`s what we know: In the first quarter of this campaign, supporters gave more than $45 million," Clinton wrote in a tweet.
Final figures will be released once her campaign files its fundraising report in July.
Signaling successful grassroots efforts to raise modest amounts across a broad platform of supporters, her campaign said that 91 percent of the donations from April through June were $100 or less.
Clinton officially launched her White House run on April 12.
In a Wednesday fundraising email, campaign manager Robby Mook described it as "a new record for this early in a campaign."
It surpasses the $41.9 million raised by President Barack Obama in 2011 at the start of his re-election campaign, according to The Washington Post.
The donations, capped at $2,700 per individual, are to be used in the primary race for the party`s nomination.
Team Clinton had reportedly set a goal of raising $100 million in 2015.
The new haul leaves Clinton well ahead of her rivals for the Democratic nomination, including liberal Senator Bernie Sanders, former Maryland governor Martin O`Malley and Rhode Island ex-governor and senator Lincoln Chafee.
Candidates are expected to file their fundraising reports to the Federal Election Commission by July 15.
Clinton`s first-out-of-the-gate money announcement signals her team`s confidence in voter support as she gears up for a long-term campaign battle.