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Hillary Clinton campaign sets best fundraising month, pulls in over $154 million

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her vice presidential running mate Senator Tim Kaine celebrate among balloons after she accepted the nomination on the fourth and final night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 28, 2016.
Jim Young | Reuters

Hillary Clinton's campaign pulled in more than $154 million in September for both her presidential bid and the national Democratic Party, calling the cash haul the best month by the campaign to date.

In a statement, the campaign said that two funds, the Hillary Victory Fund and Hillary Action Fund, began the month with more than a combined $150 cash on hand. In total, nearly one million people donated to Hillary for America (HFA), the campaign apparatus, and around 2.6 million have donated in all, according to the statement.

The average HFA donation was $56, the statement said, in an effort to underscore how small donations, rather than large donors, were integral to the candidate's support.

The September haul adds to an impressive $373 million the Clinton campaign has raised as of August 31, according to data from Open, and more than $500 million raised in combination with outside groups.

It also underscored the yawning cash advantage Clinton has over her Republican challenger, Donald Trump. The Trump campaign hasn't yet released its own fundraising data, but Open Secrets estimates the GOP contender has raised only around $166 million as of August 31, less than half of Clinton's haul.

"With Donald Trump promising to dump an additional $50 million of his own money into the campaign and right-wing billionaires pledging millions more, we must continue to step up in order to have the resources we need to mobilize millions of voters across the country," said Hillary for America campaign manager Robby Mook.

About $84 million of the total raised was explicitly earmarked to HFA, which the campaign characterized as "the best month of the campaign," while $70 million was raised by the DNC and state apparatuses around the country.