Bernie Sanders email raises $250,000 for Debbie Wasserman Schultz's primary opponent

Sanders backs DNC chair's primary rival
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  • Bernie Sanders is backing the Democratic primary opponent of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
  • She's also DNC chair, and her opponent is raking in campaign cash

Anaheim, California (CNN)Tim Canova, primary opponent to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz -- who is also Democratic National Committee chair -- said Monday that a fundraising email from Bernie Sanders helped him raise $250,000. The cash haul came after the Vermont senator endorsed Canova on CNN.

In a press release, the Canova campaign said that it raised more than $225,000 from an email sent over the weekend by the Sanders' campaign to his list of supporters, a highly coveted and extensive network of voters nationwide. The Canova campaign also said that another $65,000 in small dollar donations poured into his coffers for the South Florida Democratic primary in late August.
    Like the Sanders campaign, Canova's average contribution is low: a mere $17.63 on average was donated over the weekend.
    The fundraising email from the Sanders campaign called for a $2.70 donation to be split between Sanders and Canova, a riff on the average $27 donation that fuels the Sanders campaign.
    "The political revolution is not just about electing a president, sisters and brothers. We need a Congress with members who believe, like Bernie, that we cannot change a corrupt system by taking its money," the email said.
    Sanders told Jake Tapper on Sunday's "State of the Union," "Well, clearly, I favor her opponent. His views are much closer to mine than" Wasserman Schultz's.
    Sanders went on to say that if elected president, he would not reappoint Wasserman Schultz head of the DNC.