After the controversy, funds will stream to Biden and Democrats, growing the money benefit

By Joseph Ax and Trevor Hunnicutt

(Reuters) – After the heated debate with President Donald Trump, money poured into presidential candidate Joe Biden's campaign and his Democratic Party, potentially adding to Biden's financial lead if the White House race goes into last month.

The Biden campaign raised nearly $ 10 million during and immediately after Tuesday's debate, with $ 3.8 million coming in during the best one-on-one fundraiser ever, according to a campaign helper familiar with the buzz.

The campaign fundraiser was carried out by a total of 215,000 donors, including 60,000 new supporters.

ActBlue, the premier Democratic fundraiser website, processed more than $ 36 million in the 16 hours after the first of three debates between the two presidential candidates began, according to the website's live tracker.

The Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee did not immediately respond to requests for comments on their own donation amounts for the evening. WinRed, the Republican counterpart to ActBlue, doesn't have a public tracker and the site didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

There was a massive surge in Democratic fundraising after the death of Liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after Republicans swiftly vowed to occupy their seat rather than wait for the November 3 election results for which is currently being voted on.

Trump on Saturday nominated Amy Coney Barrett, a Conservative federal appeals judge popular in religious law.

As of Wednesday morning, ActBlue had processed more than $ 420 million since the evening of September 19 when news of Ginsburg's death from cancer came on. This equates to 6% of the total amount the site has raised since its inception 16 years ago, all in less than two weeks.

Earlier this year, Trump had built a seemingly insurmountable monetary advantage after raising money almost since taking office in 2017. However, Biden closed the void due to a robust small dollar operation fueled by Democratic voters. intense aversion to the president.

Biden surpassed Trump in August when his campaign and Democratic allies raised $ 365 million on top of $ 210 million Republicans. That gave the Democrats $ 466 million in cash at the end of the month while the Republicans held $ 325 million.

Amid a potential financial crisis that has alarmed Republican donors, the Trump campaign pulled back some television ads despite Biden using his financial resources to quell airwaves in battlefield states that traditionally rule presidential elections.

The campaigns close the books on Wednesday evening in September. The deadline for reporting these sums to the Bundestag Electoral Commission ends on October 20, although the campaigns often publicly publish the figures earlier.

(Reporting by Joseph Ax and Trevor Hunnicutt; editing by Colleen Jenkins and Howard Goller)

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