Supporters of a presidential bid by a pediatric brain surgeon have raised $2.8 million so far, the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee claimed on Tuesday.
The money was raised during the committee's first six months in existence, supporters claim, passing the amounts raised by supporters of Democratic Party front-runner Hillary Clinton.
Carson, 62 and a Republican, is a native of Detroit who went on to become a surgeon at Johns Hopkins University. He studied psychology at Yale before studying medicine at the University of Michigan.
He is a popular speaker among conservatives. President George W. Bush awarded Carson the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008.
"Dr. Carson has said he will consider running for president if the American people are clamoring, and the tremendous outpouring of donations shows that the people are indeed clamoring," according to Vernon Robinson, the draft committee's campaign director. "Hundreds of thousands have signed the petition asking him to run, donated to the grassroots effort and volunteered their time to represent the Committee at events around the country."
Robinson claims that almost 47,000 people have contributed to the campaign committee.
Carson will be a candidate on the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll March 6-8, in Washington, D.C., Robinson added, "where the committee will be on site educating attendees about Dr. Carson and encouraging them to clamor for him to run."