Thursday, September 22, 2016

Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson’s Fund-Raising Accelerates

Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson’s Fund-Raising Accelerates

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson’s campaign raised nearly $5 million in August, more than three times what he raised the previous month and an unusually high figure for a third-party candidate.

Mr. Johnson, who is one of the strongest third-party contenders in 20 years and qualified for the ballot in 50 states and Washington, D.C., raised $1.6 million in July, suggesting mounting support for his campaign as both major-party nominees continue to receive record-high unfavorable ratings. Mr. Johnson ended August with $2.5 million in the bank.

No Libertarian presidential candidate had raised more than $1 million in a single month dating back to at least 1996, before which digital campaign finance records aren’t available.