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Election 2016: Campaign Finance by the Numbers

Here’s a quick look at the money given to the presidential and Congressional races so far in the 2016 election cycle:

The Presidential Race

Republican Donald J. Trump

Donald Trump has raised $247,948,226.

Contributions over $200 made up 72.7 percent of that total.

The largest share of his contributions -- 47.1 percent --came from New York state.

Spending by outside groups -- including super PACs and politically active nonprofits -- to boost Trump’s campaign has totaled $59,389,531.

The city that gave the most to Trump’s campaign or to outside spending groups supporting him is Houston, TX. Contributions from Houston totaled $2.3 million.

Retirees contributed more to Trump’s campaign more than any other employment sector, giving nearly $20 million.

Democrat Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton has raised $502,619,562.

Contributions over $200 made up 81.8 percent of her total.

The largest share of her contributions -- 21.8 percent -- came from California.

Spending by outside groups -- including super PACs and politically active nonprofits -- to boost Clinton’s campaign has totaled $189,453,103.

The city that gave the most to Clinton’s campaign or to outside spending groups supporting her is New York, NY. Contributions from New York City added up to more than $98 million.

The securities and investment industry contributed more than any sector to Clinton’s campaign, giving over $78 million.

U.S. Senate Races

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The 222 Republican candidates have raised a combined $363 million.

The 168 Democratic candidates have raised a combined $320 million. 

Political action committees (PACs) have given more to Republican candidates -- $65 million -- than to Democratic candidates -- $41 million.

The U.S. Senate race that has raised the most money so far -- $52 million -- is the Florida battle between incumbent Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Patrick Murphy.

The U.S. Senate race that has spent the most money so far -- $46 million -- is the Pennsylvania contest between  incumbent Republican Pat Toomey is battling Democrat Katie McGinty.

Ted Cruz of Texas has raised nearly $90 million in campaign contributions -- the most of any Republican U.S. Senate candidate this election cycle.

Russ Feingold of Wisconsin has raised $21.5 million in campaign contributions -- the most of any Democratic U.S. Senate candidate.

U.S. House Races

The 1,067 Republican candidates have raised a combined $527 million.

The 896 Democratic candidates have raised a combined $432 million.

Political action committees (PACs) have given more to Republican candidates -- $196 million -- than to Democratic candidates -- $139 million.

Incumbent Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) has raised nearly $19 million -- the most of any Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives. The battle over Ryan’s seat has raised $20.5 million, the most of any House race.

Democrat David Trone, who lost his primary battle, raised over $13 million -- the most of any Democratic candidate to the U.S. House of Representatives. Spending on the race in which Trone competed, in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District, has topped $20 million.

Methodology: Presidential candidate committee contribution data retrieved from Voter’s Edge, a project of MapLight and the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund in California and a project of MapLight in Illinois and New York. Congressional contributions data and presidential industry and city data retrieved from the Center for Responsive Politics. All data retrieved on November 7, 2016.

You can read this press release in its original on the MapLight website here

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MapLight is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, research organization that reveals money's influence on politics.

Elected officials collect large sums of money to run their campaigns, and they often pay back campaign contributors with special access and favorable laws. This common practice is contrary to the public interest, yet legal.

MapLight connects data on campaign contributions, politicians, votes, industries, companies, and more to show patterns of influence that could never be seen before. 

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