Ben Carson Raises $20 Million In Third Quarter

In a sign that he’s likely to stick around for some time going forward, Ben Carson’s campaign announced last night that they had raised an impressive $20 million in the fundraising quarter than concluded yesterday:

Ben Carson’s presidential campaign has raised $20 million in the last three months, according to a new report published Wednesday.

The fundraising haul, which will be made publicly available on Oct. 15, is a staggering sum that would put Carson, the conservative former pediatric neurosurgeon, in the top tier of well-funded campaigns, with more than $30 million raised in total.

The news was first reported by the Associated Press.

These numbers don’t come as a total surprise. In the quarter that ended June 30th, Carson raised some $10 million event though he had only been in the race for less than 60 days, doing far better than candidates who had been in the race longer such as Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, and matching others such as Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Additionally, Carson has had a fairly good quarter in the race, performing well in both of the Republican debates and seeing his numbers rise as a result. Given that, it’s not surprising to see the money match his performance. Whether he’ll be able to turn that into a credible campaign is another question.

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  1. Davebo says:

    This is good news. $20 million is enough to keep him in and talking and that’s good.

    It’s not nearly enough to mount a credible nomination campaign for a lousy candidate however. Just ask !Jeb!.

  2. James Pearce says:

    If some bigoted pizzeria can make a million dollars by saying they wouldn’t cater a gay wedding, then it’s no real shock that Ben Carson can make 20 million running for president. On the right, having an unpopular opinion can, at times, be a real cash cow.

  3. Electroman says:

    @Davebo: You mean “¡Jeb!”, right? 😉

  4. al-Ameda says:


    Who wouldn’t want to give money to a guy who has stated that modern liberalism and Nazi Germany have a lot in common, that ACA can be equated to slavery, and that homosexuality is a choice because a lot of people who go into prison straight and come out gay.

    Democrats need Ben Carson to be around for awhile.

  5. Pinky says:

    @al-Ameda: Good thing no one’s ever compared modern conservatism to Nazi Germany.

  6. Slugger says:

    There a fair number of people for whom America 2015 isn’t working. On the recent thread about whether Trump has peaked, I said that many people live in places where growth is stagnant, incomes are actually shrinking, and their position on the inside track to the American dream is gone. Furthermore, their social values regarding gender, marriage,and racial identity are evaporating. The Democrats appear to represent the successful people that are getting ahead; in other words, the hipsters of San Francisco types who start their day with four dollar coffee drinks and end by drinking IPA’s. The conventional Republicans are represented by JEB who does not exactly have movie star charisma and offers the economic plans of his brother and the foreign policy team that made GWB the brilliant conqueror of Baghdad.
    The supporters of Dr. Carson, Mr. Trump, and Ms. Fiorina are crazy, but they are a very understandable form of crazy.

  7. Neil Hudelson says:


    Please go ahead and point to a current candidate who has done that (let alone one enjoying second place support from the party). We’ll wait.

  8. al-Ameda says:


    @al-Ameda: Good thing no one’s ever compared modern conservatism to Nazi Germany.

    Well, Ben Carson certainly wouldn’t go there, would he?

    Also, I think I know where you’re going with this: Can you name a mid-level Democratic presidential candidate who has ever compared modern American conservatism to Nazi Germany?

  9. Just 'nutha ig'rant cracker says:

    @Pinky: Is your point that there are no comparisons between modern conservatism and Nazi Germany or are you simply playing Unattributed Both Sides Do It?

  10. Just 'nutha ig'rant cracker says:

    @Just ‘nutha ig’rant cracker: @Pinky: And, yes, we do seem to be ganging up on you. Hmmm…

  11. Pinky says:

    Seriously guys? The first, final, and favorite move of the modern liberal is to accuse his adversaries of fascism. Hillary Clinton did as much last month saying that Trump would round up Hispanics in boxcars. This isn’t something I have to refute or cite evidence for: res ipsa loquitur. This conservative/Nazi allegation happens constantly at all levels. None of us can pretend it doesn’t.

  12. Grewgills says:

    Yet, despite its supposed ubiquity you cannot name a single top or mid tier democratic candidate that has done so in the past 20 years. Why is this?
    Of course you, or anyone, can scour internet comment threads or the blithering of fringe pundits on either side saying outrageous crap, but one side elects the people that say it to the senate and puts them in the top tier of presidential hopefuls and the other side doesn’t. Why do you think that is?

  13. spencer says:

    You state that raising $20 million was very good.

    But I have no way to make a judgement about this from your article.

    I can go to the other article and see that Sanders raised $25 million and Hillary raised $28 million. Compared to that $20 million looks good.

    But how about reporting what other republicans raised. You have the data in front of you and it would let me make a much better judgement as to what the $20 million means. Wouldn’t good journalism require that?