Hillary Clinton Cashes in, Donald Trump Dead Last in 2016 Campaign Money Race

Hillary Clinton's campaign raised $47 million while Trump took in $96,000.

But these numbers do not include money from outside groups, which is expected to help level the playing field for leading Republicans.


Hillary Clinton raised a whopping $47.5 million for her campaign, more than her four closest rivals -- Sanders, Bush, Cruz and Rubio -- combined. The campaign said that 61 percent of her donors were women, and 94 percent of her donations were $250 or less.

Bernie Sanders brought in $13.7 million, second only to Hillary Clinton. He focused largely on grassroots, small-dollar donors, aligning with his platform that bashes the billionaire class. One problem: he has no major outside groups to supplement his strong campaign haul.

Jeb Bush topped the Republican field in campaign contributions, bringing in $11.4 million. But the former Florida governor's brightest hour will come in two weeks, when his Super PAC filings are expected to reveal a staggering $103 million stockpile.


Donald Trump raised only $96,000 -- the least of any 2016 Presidential candidate. He loaned himself $1.8 million so that his campaign could spend about $1.4 million this quarter. (He spent 14 times more than he raised.) Still, Trump has made it clear that he does not need to gather donations, opting instead to finance his own campaign with his own dollars.

But not all dollars are created equal. Campaigns can spend their money directly in line with campaign strategy and they often get better deals on buying ads. Money from outside groups has various limitations: it can't be coordinated with campaign strategy, some can't directly say words like "vote for," and other groups are charged higher prices for ads.