Small Donations Adding Up to Big Money for Ben Carson

Ben Carson has raised more than $6 million since he launched his presidential exploratory committee in early March, and the Republican White House hopeful is confident he can rake in more than $50 million.

The retired neurosurgeon attracted more than 120,000 donations, according to campaign numbers provided to The Hill. That comes out to an average donation of about $50.

The fundraising pace has picked up recently: $2.6 million of Carson’s campaign cash has poured in since he formally announced he would run for president on May 4.

Carson told The Hill Wednesday that he needed to see the money come in before he launched his bid.

“The whole purpose of the exploratory committee was to see if the verbal support would translate into money, because if it didn’t, I wasn’t going to run,” Carson said in a phone interview from a P.F. Chang’s restaurant in Baltimore, where he and his family were celebrating his son’s graduation.