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The 2016 election is over a year away, but campaign season is in full swing.

In fact, the 2016 candidates have already raised more than $350 million combined. In comparison, the two political parties in the U.K. raised less than $13 million over their entire 2015 election.

The staggering U.S. campaign fundraising totals come from three primary sources: campaign committees, super PACs, and other committees (including nonprofits like 527 groups).

Super PAC funds, which are increasingly the most important source of money, cannot be donated directly to the candidates, and are used mostly for political advertising. The individual campaign committees are the funds raised directly by the candidate, largely through individual contributions.

So, how do the 2016 candidates stack up to each other? Using data from the Federal Election Commission, InsideGov ranked the presidential candidates by the amount of money they’ve raised. While some candidates have struggled in the money race, others are flush with cash.


*Presidential candidates are required to file their campaign earnings with the FEC every quarter. The current FEC numbers, which were released July 15th, cover the period from April 1 through June 30th. Candidates like Chris Christie, Scott Walker and Jim Webb, who entered the race after June 30th, are not included.

**Super PACs are a type of political action committee may raise and spend unlimited sums of money to advocate for or against political candidates. However, super PACs are not allowed to donate directly to political candidates.

***Super PAC totals are due on July 31st. Although most PACs have chosen to disclose with their candidates, some have yet to do so.

George Pataki

George Pataki | InsideGov

Total Raised: $255,795

The former governor of New York has raised a modest amount so far. Individual donors made most of this number, with 93% coming from large individual contributions (greater than $200). Pataki’s super PACs have not disclosed their fundraising totals, so his total amount might jump at the end of the month.

Lincoln Chafee

Lincoln Chafee | InsideGov

Total Raised: $392,743

Chafee’s campaign has yet to gain momentum in the primaries. The former governor of Rhode Island has raised over $390K, but 93% of that number came from a loan he took out for himself. No super PACs have released fundraising totals for Chafee’s campaign.

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum | InsideGov

Total Raised: $607,617

The former Pennsylvania senator raised over $22 million during his presidential bid in 2012. Will he be able to match that number in 2016? So far, Santorum has a ways to go, having raised a little over $600K. The fact that his super PACs are waiting disclose their totals isn’t encouraging.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump | InsideGov

Total Raised: $1,902,410

Nearly 95% of Trump’s campaign contributions has come from loans, with individual contributions making up most of the remaining 5%. While Trump sits at number 14 now, he still has a $10 billion fortune to tap into if need be.

Martin O’Malley

Martin O’Malley | InsideGov

Total Raised: $2,006,905

Any Democratic challenger to Hillary Clinton better be prepared for an uphill battle. O’Malley’s campaign is roughly on par with the average for campaign committees ($2.46 million). Moreover, O’Malley’s super PAC has yet to disclose its totals.

Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham | InsideGov

Total Raised: $3,709,553

Graham’s campaign committee has gotten off to a solid start. Individual contributions made up around 58% of the total and transfers from affiliated committees made up 41%. Graham will surely rank higher when his super PACs release their numbers.

Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina | InsideGov

Total Raised: $5,104,704

Fiorina’s official campaign committee lags behind most others in terms of fundraising, having raised a little over $1.7 million. But her super PAC is picking up the slack, with $3.4 million in fundraising.

Rand Paul

Rand Paul | InsideGov

Total Raised: $6,932,779

Senator Paul prides himself on being a grassroots leader, and his fundraising breakdown reflects his campaign style. So far, Paul’s campaign has raised nearly $7 million without the help of his super PACs. Even more impressive is that 46% of his campaign contributions came from small individual donors.

Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee | InsideGov

Total Raised: $8,004,463

Huckabee was one of the first candidates to announce his 2016 presidential bid, but his campaign committee has struggled to attract significant donors, raising just $2 million. Huckabee’s super PACs raised triple that amount.

Bobby Jindal

Bobby Jindal | InsideGov

Total Raised: $9,278,758

Jindal’s official campaign committee has raised less than $600K, putting it behind most of its GOP rivals. But the combination of super PAC funds and outside committees have pushed his total amount above $9 million.

Ben Carson

Ben Carson | InsideGov

Total Raised: $10,600,000

As one of the first candidates to enter the race, Carson has had more time to fundraise than most of his competitors. His campaign’s contributions mostly come from small individual donors (68%) and large individual donors (32%). Carson’s two super PACs have not released their totals yet.

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders | InsideGov

Total Raised: $15,247,353

The Democratic senator from Vermont is adamantly opposed to super PACs, arguing that billionaires should not be able to “buy politicians.” Even without super PAC help, Sanders is off to a strong start. His official campaign committee has raised over $15 million so far, more than any other 2016 candidate except Hillary Clinton.

Rick Perry

Rick Perry | InsideGov

Total Raised: $17,939,367

After an embarrassing gaffe during the 2012 Republican primaries, Perry’s image took a big hit. Perry’s official campaign is still struggling to connect with people, raising a paltry $1.1 million. But the former Texas governor received a major $16.8 million boost from super PACs.

Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio | InsideGov

Total Raised: $44,000,000

Rubio’s total fundraising is divided between three main sources: the official campaign committee ($12.1 million), a super PAC ($16.1 million) and a nonprofit named the Conservative Solutions Project ($15.8 million). Overall, it’s a promising start for the young Florida senator.

Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz | InsideGov

Total Raised: $52,300,000

As the first person on this list to announce his candidacy, Cruz has had the most time to fundraise. His campaign committee has raised $14.2 million so far, but where he really stands out is in super PAC funding. Cruz’s super PACs have raised $38 million, the second highest of any candidate.

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton | InsideGov

Total Raised: $63,149,950

Clinton is the clear Democratic frontrunner in terms of fundraising. Her campaign committee has raised an impressive $47 million, more than any other presidential candidate, and her super PACs have brought in an extra $15.6 million. Interestingly, 82% of Clinton’s total campaign contributions have come from large individual donations.

Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush | InsideGov

Total Raised: $114,429,898

Jeb Bush blew his GOP rivals out of the water with a stunning $104 million fundraising effort from his super PAC, Right to Rise USA. In fact, Bush delayed his official entry into the race so that he could fundraise directly for his super PAC.

Since his formal announcement of candidacy, Bush’s campaign committee has raised nearly $11.5 million, though this amount is largely skewed toward large individual contributors (93%).

Total Fundraising Comparison

The graphic below shows each candidate’s total fundraising numbers broken down by source. Jeb Bush leads the pack by a wide margin.

2016 Presidential Candidates Total Fundraising | InsideGov

Candidate Committee Comparison

When super PACs are taken out of the equation, the rankings shift. Clinton and Sanders lead the group for individual campaign committee fundraising. Clinton has also outspent every other candidate.

2016 Candidate Committee Fundraising | InsideGov

Daily Averages Comparison

The graphic below shows the average daily amount raised by each campaign committee. Clinton and Bush are currently raising money at the fastest rates.

Daily Average For Campaign Committees | InsideGov

Donor Breakdown Comparison

Whether a campaign is backed by small or large donors is an important indicator of how broad its support base is. Bernie Sanders and Ben Carson have the highest percentage of small donors, while Jeb Bush and Martin O’Malley have the highest percentage of large donors.

Small Donors vs. Large Donors for Campaign Committees | InsideGov

Research the 2016 Candidates on InsideGov