Setting aside outside money, Hillary Clinton is the fundraising front-runner among all candidates.
Most campaigns have released their top-line figures early – and the super PACs backing each campaign can wait to file their reports until July 31 – but Wednesday will detail the state of the Republican and Democratic races.
There are a number of reasons why the public overwhelmingly supports making changes to our campaign finance laws, but one of them is the notion that the amount of money a candidate raises should bear some resemblance to the amount of popular support they have.
Flynt, who grew famous through Hustler magazine, made two contributions worth $2,700 to the Clinton campaign during the month of June.
Bush is far ahead of his rivals in the money race with $119.4 million raised by various entities supporting his bid.
Cruz’s campaign has brought in more cash than any other GOP candidate in 2015.
That means 67 percent of her money came from maxed-out donors. He provided his one-month-old campaign with a $1.8-million loan and raised $92,000 from donors. The crusade moreover raised nearly $825,000 in cash in that can only be used for the general election. For comparison, Bernie Sanders raised 68 percent of his .4 million total from small donors. If Jeb Bush wins the White House and passes tax cuts anything like his brother’s, the richest Americans stand to net millions of dollars.
“No one is going to go away if they have a lot of money in their super PAC”.
While Bush is innovating something of a new order in campaign finance, the reports show that, so far, Democratic frontrunner Clinton is sticking more to the traditional school, leveraging her $47.5 million campaign finance haul in ways similar to campaigns of the past, including spending millions on printed flyers, postage and staff expenses.
Clinton’s fundraising total between her mid-April announcement and June 30, the end of the quarter, reflected a much larger haul than that of any of her rivals in either party. Ted Cruz, both Republican presidential hopefuls.
Supporters of Sen. Marco Rubio have donated $45 million between his campaign, a super PAC and a nonprofit. But more people actually gave to Obama in 2012, when he was an incumbent running a somewhat less inspirational campaign.
When it comes to traditional campaign fundraising, Hillary Clinton leads the pack, having pulled in $47.5 million since announcing her presidential run.
“I don’t think voters make judgments about candidates based on the size of their average contribution”, said Dan Schnur, a former Republican campaign aide to John McCain and now director of a political institute at the University of Southern California.
Meanwhile, a handful of upstarts are relying on small donations of less than $200 to fuel their campaigns. Super PACS and other independent groups are expected to outspend candidates’ official campaigns for the first time during the 2016 electoral cycle. That’s more than the presidential candidates raised for the entire primary election of 2000, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a group that tracks election spending.
“Those numbers prove that Paul has raw grassroots support nationwide, and hardworking people who aren’t part of the permanent political class – the folks who can’t max out in thousands of dollars of donations to various political candidates – are doing whatever they can to help him out”, wrote Matthew Boyle, an investigative reporter at Breitbart.