Clinton raises record $45 mln in first campaign quarter

 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.

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.

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