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2nd Quarter 2015 Fundraising

In this 2016 election cycle one must look at money raised by both the candidate's campaign committee and by the independent super PAC(s) aligned with the campaigns in order to get a sense of the strength of the overall effort.  Most of the campaigns launched at varying points during the 2nd Quarter so it is not possible to make a direct comparision amongst them.  Thus far through June 30, according to the FEC, the campaign committees alone have raised $125.4 million (including transfers in and contributions from the candidate), spent $45.5 million, and have cash on hand of $84.3 million (this does not include the super PACs).  Super PAC reports were due at the FEC by the end of July and the big winner there was Jeb Bush's Right to Rise super PAC, which brought in $103 million.  An analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice found that, "Outside groups set up to benefit specific candidates have raised $283 million – more than twice as much as the candidates themselves."

See: Federal Election Commission: 2016 Presidential Campaign Finance


Press Releases on Fundraising in Order Received

If a campaign's fundraising numbers are below expectations, it may try to bury the news or put a positive spin on other developments during the quarter.  If the numbers exceed expectations, the campaign will trumpet its success.  Some campaigns / super PACs put out a press release, while others give their numbers to a favored news organization or let their reports speak for themselves.

in order received...

Bernie 2016
July 2, 2015
Contact: Michael Briggs

Small Donors Make Big Difference for Sanders

‘We Have the People,’ Bernie Says

FORT DODGE, Iowa – A day after Bernie Sanders spoke to 10,000 supporters in Madison, Wisconsin, his Democratic Party presidential campaign on Thursday released fundraising figures that showed a huge number of small donors are playing a dramatic role backing his White House bid.

Altogether, Sanders’ campaign brought in some $15 million since April 30, when he launched his bid for the Democratic Party presidential nomination.

Ninety-nine percent of the almost 400,000 contributions by some 250,000 individuals were for $250 or less.

The average donation was $33.51.

Counting all sources of campaign revenue – including the sale of T-shirts, bumper stickers and other merchandise – nearly 87 percent of the total amount raised during the quarter came from the donors who contributed $250 or less.

The individuals who supported Sanders did so almost entirely with online donations through the presidential campaign website, BernieSanders.com.

The preliminary figures are for a financial report which will be filed later this month with the Federal Election Commission.

At his Wednesday night appearance in Wisconsin – the largest for any presidential candidate so far in this campaign – Sanders told the packed arena that he knows other candidates will raise more money than he does.

"I am more than aware that my opponents will be able to outspend us. But we are going to win this election," Sanders told the cheering crowd at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum. "They may have the money but we have the people. And when the people stand together, we can win."

Sanders is here in Fort Dodge, the first stop in a three-day swing through Iowa that also will take him to Council Bluffs and Sioux City in the western part of the Hawkeye State.


Cruz for President
News Release Catherine Frazier
July 5, 2015

Cruz Supporters Combine to Raise Over $51 million for Presidential Bid

In just over three months, campaign raises over $14.2 million and Super PACs raise over $37 million

HOUSTON, Texas – Supporters of Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign have already raised more than $51 million, giving Cruz one of the strongest war chests among those running for president.

In just over 3 months, the campaign has raised more than $14.2 million from over 175,000 contributions, with an average contribution of $81. In the second quarter alone, the Cruz campaign raised roughly $10 million, which added on top of the record-breaking $4.3 million haul in the one week preceding Q2.

The final super PAC numbers have not yet been released, but in June the super PACs supporting Senator Cruz publicly announced that they had already raised over $37 million in support of his presidential campaign.

The aggregate total of over $51 million means that, along with Cruz’s strong support from the conservative grassroots across the country, Cruz’s campaign will have the resources, the manpower, and the energy to compete vigorously in all early state contests, as well as nationally in the Super Tuesday states on March 1st.

“The grassroots energy and support we are seeing is overwhelming,” said Cruz. “In Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina – and all across the country – we are seeing courageous conservatives coming together for real change. We’re reassembling the Reagan coalition – from conservatives to libertarians to people of Faith – and with the help of so many supporters, we will be able to deliver our optimistic message all across the country.”

Cruz’s campaign had over 120,000 unique donors from all 50 states and 5 territories. In fact, Cruz has at least one or more donors in nearly half (48.1%) of the zip codes in America.

Cruz is consistently at the top of GOP leaders in social engagement, which is how modern campaigns find and target new and low-dollar donors. More than 1,182,175 unique visitors have come to Cruz’s website, and since the campaign launch he has had over 31 million engagements on Facebook or Twitter.

On key indicators of support: breadth and depth of donors and social media engagement, the Cruz campaign has proven its inspiring message is resonating with the voters. Cruz noted "We are honored the American people have made such a strong endorsement of our campaign and the powerful movement it represents with their hard earned money. We commit to be good stewards of the resources they have entrusted us with to ensure every American is given the chance to join us in reigniting the Promise of America."

Cruz’s eye-popping fundraising haul comes off of one of the most successful presidential launches in modern history. Cruz dominated the news cycle unlike any other GOP announcement, with more that one-in-four presidential mentions involving Cruz. Most competitors saw their mentions linger around one-in-ten.

Ed. Note: Fiorina's 2nd Q numbers were seen as underwhelming, which is likely why the information is somewhat hidden in the memo the campaign sent out.

Carly for President

 July 6, 2015
Subject: Momentum
From: Frank F. Sadler, Campaign Manager
To: Team Carly

We're only 63 days in, but heading into another busy week in New Hampshire with 13 public events on the schedule, Carly is building important, measurable momentum. Americans are ready for a leader who is outside the political class and will challenge the status quo. Since her announcement on May 4, Carly has exceeded the expectations of pundits and stunned those in the political class who didn't believe that a citizen who hasn’t spent her life in politics could credibly run. While this campaign doesn’t often talk about the process of building support, we think it’s important to give you an update on where we are and where we're headed.

ON THE ROAD: Carly’s tireless schedule has taken her to 15 states, including multiple trips to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. In every state, Carly connects, often getting more standing ovations and longer lines than any other candidate in the field. She’s given hundreds of television, radio and print interviews and isn’t afraid to take on tough questions. As we introduce Carly to voters across the country, we will continue to prioritize talking with voters and addressing the issues.

POLLING: Shortly before Carly launched her candidacy, NBC News and the Wall Street Journal surveyed Republican primary voters nationwide and found more than half didn't know Carly’s name and only 17 percent could see themselves supporting her as the Republican nominee for president. Less than 45 days later, that same poll found that Carly had cut her name ID deficit by 14 points and had almost doubled the support of her candidacy. She now consistently ranks among the top 10 republican presidential contenders. Recent polling from CNN/WMUR found that Carly is tied for 5th place in New Hampshire, edging out Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Rick Perry and Chris Christie among others. 

CONNECTING: Carly is running a fearless campaign—talking directly to the American people and drawing a stark contrast between herself and the likely Democrat nominee for president. What we’ve found on the campaign trail—and what survey data confirms—is that people are ready for a non-politician, citizen leader. That’s what Carly is, and she delivers her message in common sense terms—not political sound-bites. Her approach and her message are resonating.

FUNDRAISING: Carly’s is truly a grassroots effort. Until she announced her candidacy, Carly was leading two highly effective charitable organizations. She was not building the political infrastructure that other presidential candidates spend years (or generations) to cultivate. Said another way, her campaign launched from a standing start. 

And yet, even without a ready-made machine, we have seen enormous fundraising success because of who Carly is and the principles she represents. Carly wasn’t growing an email or a direct mail list until May 4th, but in less than two months, we’ve seen huge success in our low dollar fundraising efforts and enormous increases in engagement on social media. In total, Carly has raised over $1.4 million in hard dollars toward the primary alone. We won’t raise as much as others at this early stage of our campaign, but we will raise what we need to go the distance.

ENDORSEMENTS: We’ve seen conservative leaders from around the country step up to support Carly, but nowhere more so than New Hampshire. As Carly begins her 7-day swing through New Hampshire, Carly has the endorsements of over 30 elected and state leaders, including Deputy House Speaker Gene Chandler, former Rep. Marilinda Garcia, Grafton County Sheriff Doug Dutile, and state senators Sharon Carson and Jeanie Forrester. A full list can be found here. From Iowa to Delaware, we are proud to have these folks standing with us and help us introduce Carly to voters in their states.

SPARRING WITH THE MEDIA: Carly has the liberal media flummoxed. They want so badly to write her off as they have so many other conservative women, but Carly will not fit their narrative. She is proudly pro-life and pro-feminism, which just confuses Cosmo. She can coolly explain to Katie Couric why Mrs. Clinton's titles are only that--titles. She will take on Seth Meyers and Whoopi Goldberg. They can't ignore her foreign policy experience and they can't mock her tech background. Even the folks at MSNBC are starting (begrudgingly) to admit that she might just be the real thing--an articulate, fearless, conservative woman who terrifies the Clinton camp and won't let the liberal media put her in a box. 

So what’s the bottom line? Just 60 days after Carly announced that she is running for President of the United States, the momentum is real. We are building a movement day by day, speech by speech, interview by interview. 

As Carly has said time and time again: Don’t underestimate her.

CARLY for America
July 6, 2015

CARLY for America announced it has raised $3.4 million.

“We are well on our way to meeting the budget we laid out at the beginning and are thankful to have the support of so many people from across the country,” said Steve DeMaura, Executive Director of CARLY for America.
Jeb 2016
Jul 9

Jeb! 2016 raises 700k+ per day for first 2 weeks of campaign. $11.4m total

Right to Rise USA
July 9, 2015

Right to Rise USA Summary of June 30, 2015 Fundraising Report

Charlie Spies, Treasurer and General Counsel

Later this month, Right to Rise USA will file our first semi-annual report to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

We are grateful for the overwhelming response from the thousands of donors who have been drawn to Jeb's optimistic message of conservative renewal and reform.

In keeping with our goal of transparency, below is a summary of our preliminary top-line numbers that reflect the total raised by Right to Rise USA from our founding on January 6, 2015, through June 30th, 2015.

Please note that these are preliminary numbers that may change slightly. All data will be available for the public to view when our report is received by the FEC on or before July 31, 2015.

Right to Rise USA Fundraising Facts:

  • TOTAL RAISED:  Over $103,000,000
  • CASH ON HAND:  Over $98,000,000
  • TOTAL DONORS:  Over 9,900
  • DONORS $25k & BELOW:  Over 9,400

New Day for America
July 10, 2015

CONTACT: Chris Schrimpf

New Day for America Raises Over $11.5 Million

New Day for America (New Day) announced today that it and allied organizations will report having raised over $11.5 million by June 30. New Day was not created until the end of April and fundraising did not begin until May 1.

“In just over 8 weeks, we’ve exceeded our initial fundraising goal by over a million dollars,” said New Day for America Executive Director Matt Carle. “The response to Governor Kasich’s message has been strong. Supporters are looking for a record of accomplishment and someone who looks out for all Americans. That’s what they are seeing when they look at Governor Kasich and why we’ve already received millions in additional commitments already pledged.”

CONTACT: Chris Schrimpf


ICYMI: Kasich’s Early 527 Haul: $11.5 Million In Just Two Months

Jul 10, 2015 2:11 PM EDT
Will the Ohio Governor's strong fundraising start help vault him into the first tier?

"Two 527 committees supporting John Kasich's presidential bid will report raising around $11.5 million dollars in just two months, an encouraging sign for the Ohio Republican governor's late-starting effort.

Part of that money is already being spent on a million-dollar television advertising buy that began this week, targeting New Hampshire voters, in advance of Kasich's expected formal announcement in Columbus on July 21.

According to a source familiar with the two committees, which share a version of the same name (New Day for America), the effort has focused on major donors, rather than grassroots contributions. The total includes thirty checks of $100,000 or more. The source said millions in additional donations are already in the pipeline.

“In just over 10 weeks, we’ve exceeded our initial fundraising goal by over a million dollars.” - New Day for America Executive Director Matt Carle

Raising more than $10 million in eight weeks suggests that the Ohio Governor's backers can potentially compete on equal footing with the committees backing at least some of his rivals, which have raised more than Kasich, but over longer periods of time…."

Read the entire article here.

Perry for President
July 10, 2015

Perry for President Announces First Month Fundraising Totals

AUSTIN – Perry for President today announced it raised $1.07 million in less than a month.  This amount, combined with PAC’s independently formed with the express purpose of supporting Gov. Perry, brings the fundraising total to nearly $18 million.

“Americans are looking for a tested leader with an optimistic vision for the future, and we are pleased with the broad support Gov. Perry is receiving across the country,” Perry for President Campaign Manager Jeff Miller said. “Governor Perry is well positioned and between the campaign and independent sources, the necessary funds will be in place to run a competitive, successful campaign.”


Ed. Note: Interesting wording in this release "As of today..."  The 2nd quarter runs through June 30, not July 11.  Does this mean they are including the first 11 days of July?  Also note that almost 65-percent of the total came from just two people: CNN reported that Dallas billionaire Kelcy Warren "gave a $6 million contribution" and Darwin Deason, "another Dallas billionaire," gave $5 million.

Opportunity and Freedom PAC

July 11, 2015

Opportunity and Freedom PAC Raised Nearly $17 Million

As of today, Opportunity and Freedom PAC has raised $16.8 million.

"Thanks to the generous support of our donors, the PAC has made an early and aggressive investment in paid media in Iowa," said Senior Advisor Austin Barbour. "The investment has begun to pay dividends for Governor Perry, whose poll numbers have steadily increased since the beginning of June.

"Governor Perry's impressive performances on the campaign trail are aiding our fundraising efforts tremendously. Our donors believe in Rick Perry's unbeatable record creating jobs in Texas as well his vision for the future of America. There is no question we have the resources necessary to help Rick Perry become the GOP nominee."

More reactions:

Rick Perry super PACs raise $16.8M. Strong tally for a candidate having a solid week. - Josh Kraushaar, National Journal

RICK PERRY's @OppandFreedom is sitting pretty having raised $17 million, @SaraMurray scoops. More than Rubio! - Teddy Schleifer, CNN

The Perry super PACs raise $17 million, far less than if Jeb weren't in the race but strong given other factors - Maggie Haberman, New York Times

Marco Rubio for President
July 13, 2015

Marco Rubio raises $13.2m in hard dollars

Marco Rubio has raised $13.2 million in hard dollars and has over $10.25 million in the bank, according to reports to be filed with the Federal Election Commission. The total includes $12 million raised for his presidential campaign and $1.2 million raised by his leadership PAC, a hard-dollar committee that Marco uses to support other candidates.

Rubio for President began July with $9.72 million cash on hand. The Reclaim America PAC has $539,000 cash on hand.

The campaign received donations from all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The median donation is $50 and the campaign’s most frequent donation amount is $25. Rubio’s support was especially strong in his home state of Florida, where more than 12,000 donors contributed a total of $2.2 million to his presidential campaign.

While raising $12 million, the campaign spent only $2.27 million since launching in April. Running a lean campaign, Marco has traveled to 17 states since April and done over 40 events in the first four early voting states. He has also delivered several major speeches, including his announcement event at Miami’s Freedom Tower, a foreign policy speech in New York City in May, and a speech on innovation in Chicago last week.

O'Malley for President
July 15, 2015

STATEMENT: O'Malley Campaign Raises $2 Million in One Month

BALTIMORE, MD —The following statement is attributable to O’Malley for President Campaign Senior Strategist Bill Hyers:

"In his first 30 days as a candidate, Governor Martin O'Malley held 15 public events in Iowa and New Hampshire and raised $2 million for our grassroots campaign. He is setting the standard on key issues like climate change, debt-free college, Wall Street reform, and immigration by proposing bold, progressive ideas on how to rebuild the American Dream. And he is the only candidate who has actually gotten results on the issues progressives care about.

"We're thankful for the support we've received from donors across all 50 states who are ready for the new leadership, progressive values, and track record of getting things done that Governor O'Malley brings to the race."


Bernie 2016
July 15, 2015
Contact: Michael Briggs

Bernie Wracks Up Big Numbers from Small Donors, FEC Report Shows

WASHINGTON – Small donors accounted for more than three-quarters of all contributors to the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, according to report filed on Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission.

Altogether, more than 76.5 percent of all contributions – totaling more than $10.5 million – came from individuals who donated less than $200.

“Our campaign is a strong grassroots movement supported by middle-class Americans from working families, not billionaires trying to buy elections,” Sanders said. “I am proud that we have more than 284,000 individual donors and that the average contribution was about $35,” he added.

In the report, the Sanders campaign disclosed that it raised more than $15.2 million during the two months since the senator from Vermont launched his campaign on April 30. There were 390,730 donations from 284,062 individuals whose average contribution was $35.18. The campaign spent $2.9 million during the reporting period and had almost $12.2 million cash on hand as of June 30.

“The current corrupt campaign finance system – created by the disastrous Supreme Court decision in Citizens United – now allows the super-wealthy to buy elections,” Sanders said.

The 2010 court ruling gutted laws limiting campaign funding. Without restrictions, the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch, whose fossil-fuel fortune makes them the second richest family in America, plan to steer nearly $1 billion into campaigns in the coming election cycle. That’s more than the Republican and Democratic parties each are projected to spend. “That’s not democracy,” Sanders said. “That’s oligarchy.”

Sanders renewed his pledge to undo the decision with a constitutional amendment or by nominating Supreme Court justices committed to reverse the ruling.


Hillary for America
July 15, 2015

More Than 250,000 Supporters Power Hillary Clinton to Record-Breaking Quarter

Hillary for America has filed its first quarterly report with the Federal Elections Commission showing that it raised more than $46 million in primary funds, thanks to donations from more than 250,000 contributors representing all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and the territories. That total, a record for a candidate in their first quarter running, allowed the campaign to make smart investments in order to build an organization designed to win the primary and the White House.
The campaign is driven by a broad and diverse group of supporters, more than 60 percent of whom are women and with 94 percent of the donations coming in amounts of $250 or less.
“Thanks to the more than 250,000 Americans who have stepped up to support Hillary Clinton’s campaign, we have had the ability to make critical investments in our organization that will put us in position to win the primary and the White House,” said campaign manager Robby Mook.  “With Republicans tapping their billionaire backers for unlimited sums of money, we are glad to be able to have such broad support to be able to show why Hillary Clinton is the only candidate who will fight for policies that allow everyday Americans to get ahead and stay ahead.”
Key Stats:
·         Primary Contributions: $46,725,329.13
·         General Contributions: $824,620.51
·         Cash on Hand: $ 28,850,135.62
·         Total Disbursements: $18,699,814.02
·         More than 250,000 contributors representing all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and the territories
·         94 percent of donations were $250 or less
·         Average donation of $144.89
·         61 percent of our donors were women
Hillary for America is also continuing the tradition of transparency she started in 2008 and is voluntarily publishing a list of her top volunteer fundraisers can be found here on the website. She is the only candidate to release these names this quarter.
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Donald J. Trump for President
July 15, 2015

Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. Releases Q2 FEC Statistics

Trump Campaign Files First Financial Report with FEC

(New York, NY) July 15, 2015 – The Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. campaign officially filed its first report with the FEC revealing Q2 donations and spending.  The FEC Statistics capture financial data from the campaign between April 2, 2015 and June 30, 2015. 

In total, the campaign had spent approximately $1.5 million dollars as of June 30th. Mr. Trump is self-funding his campaign; however there were 1,052 donations during this time period amounting to a total of $92,249.33 in unsolicited donations.  94% of the donors donated under $250.00. The average donation to the Trump campaign for those that donated less than $250 was $40.14. 98% of the donations received were received on-line to the DonaldJTrump.com website.  

Mr. Trump loaned the committee $1.8 million and the campaign has a cash on hand balance of $487,736.  

Mr. Trump’s Campaign Manager Corey R. Lewandowski stated, “Mr. Trump has surged in the most recent national polls, which show him leading the crowded GOP field, including the recently released USA Today/ Suffolk University poll, one of several showing Mr. Trump as a definitive top tier choice for the 2016 Republican Presidential primary.”

Mr. Trump will be in Laconia, New Hampshire on Thursday for a rally; he will then travel to Arkansas on Friday to meet with voters at the Republican Party of Arkansas’s 2015 Reagan Rockefeller Dinner and will visit Iowa on Saturday where he will attend the Family Leadership Summit in Ames. 

Press Contact:
Hope Hicks

Unintimidated PAC
For Immediate Release
July 21, 2015

Unintimated PAC Announces Top-Tier Fundraising Haul

Momentum Builds For Independent Pro-Walker Group

Madison, WI – Unintimidated PAC, the leading independent organization supporting Governor Scott Walker’s candidacy for President, today announced that it had raised more than $20 million in its first quarter from nearly 300 donors, securing its place among the top-tier outside groups supporting a presidential candidate.

Unintimidated PAC’s fundraising total is the 3rd largest total for a Super PAC supporting a Republican candidate this quarter. The $20 million haul is even more impressive considering that the dollars were raised before Scott Walker officially entered the race for President.

"Governor Walker's record of fighting for and winning conservative reforms is translating into tremendous grassroots and financial support from across the country," said Keith Gilkes, Director of Unintimidated PAC. “Even before Governor Walker officially became a candidate, enthusiasm for his bold record and for winning big fights was palpable and empowered us to raise a significant sum that is securely within the top-tier of independent organizations this election cycle. We are well positioned to tell Governor Walker's story of being unintimidated by special interests and Washington’s government-knows-best mentality - proving that big, bold ideas can win."

Now that Governor Walker is officially a candidate for President, Uninitimidated PAC has a significant opportunity to build on this already impressive fundraising effort.

Concerned American Voters

Rand Paul Super PACs Announce Fundraising Numbers, Grassroots Campaign

Two Super PACs dedicated to electing Sen. Rand Paul to the Presidency report $5 Million raised as of July 1 in addition to successful grassroots efforts in Iowa.

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- America's Liberty PAC and the Concerned American Voters PAC, two Super PACs organized to assist Sen. Rand Paul in his run for President, announced today that they will report raising $5,000,000 as ofJuly 1.

Through the July first reporting deadline, America's Liberty PAC successfully raised $3.1 million, primarily to support ongoing efforts to elect Senator Rand Paul to the presidency, using a cutting-edge approach to targeting potential voters.

In a statement released today, John Tate, President of America's Liberty PAC, praised the total sum raised, calling it a "sign that Sen. Paul has real support in his run for President."

"I am very pleased with these fundraising results so far," said Tate. "This sum shows that Sen. Paul has real support in this race for President and we are working tirelessly to assist him by airing TV ads, managing and collecting data and running a top-notch digital campaign. We are just getting started and this financial support will allow us to continue to give Sen. Paul the help he needs in this race. Instead of spending millions on slick TV ads, we have invested and are building a tech-savvy, highly-targeted data driven effort that can be used to effectively manage the tremendous grassroots support that Sen. Paul has built over the years."

Concerned American Voters PAC, which announced its inception on June 1st, successfully raised $1.88 million dollars. Additionally, Concerned American Voters PAC announced a successful grassroots campaign in the key primary state of Iowa, including 40 full time staff members, 280,000 phone calls, and more than 220,000 doors knocked so far.

Matt Kibbe, former president of FreedomWorks and current senior advisor to Concerned American Voters PAC, noted that he was also encouraged by their fundraising success, noting that "we were able to raise a significant amount in a relatively short time frame, which is a real indication to us that there's serious grassroots enthusiasm behind the Rand Paul candidacy."

Additionally, Jeff Frazee, President of Concerned American Voters, addressed the success of both groups in a statement released today, noting that "these numbers are great news for us and for Senator Paul in his bid to take back Washington." Frazee added that "this money will allow us to keep doing innovative work in our quest to get Rand Paul to the White House and continue building an excellent and effective field operation in states like Iowa."
Brennan Center for Justice
August 1, 2015

New Analysis: Early Presidential Fundraising Dominated by Outside Groups

A preview of a new Brennan Center analysis, to be published Tuesday, shows that fundraising in the 2016 presidential race is unlike anything seen before. The vast majority of money raised so far has been collected not by the candidates themselves, but by associated outside groups subject to looser campaign finance regulation than candidates:

  • · Outside groups set up to benefit specific candidates have raised $283 million – more than twice as much as the candidates themselves.
  • · Of that $283 million, $270 million was collected by groups not subject to contribution limits.
  • · Groups with reported ties to a candidate account for virtually the entire outside group fundraising total: 96 percent, or $273 million. These ties include the candidate fundraising for the group and the candidate’s former high-level staff working for the group, among others.

The full analysis of early presidential fundraising, to be released Tuesday, will provide a comprehensive look at the disparity in candidate and outside group fundraising, the details of the ties between campaigns and outside groups, and the candidates benefitting most from this early money race.

Read the analysis preview, Early Presidential Fundraising Dominated by Outside Groups, and look for the full analysis on Tuesday.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Erik Opsal at (763) 234-5907 or erik.opsal@nyu.edu.


Democracy 21
August 1, 2015

Fred Wertheimer statement: FEC Reports Confirm Billionaires and Millionaires Playing Dominant Role in Presidential Campaigns

The FEC reports filed by individual-candidate Super PACs confirm that billionaires and millionaires have become the dominant players in financing the 2016 presidential campaigns.

The FEC reports also reveal that individual-candidate Super PACs are in the process of replacing candidate committees in the financing of the 2016 presidential campaigns. As of June 30, individual-candidate Super PACs supporting Republican presidential candidates had raised at least four times the amount raised by the Republican candidate committees.

Meanwhile, huge contributions from the wealthiest individuals in the country are flooding the presidential campaigns – the kind of contributions that can result in corruption and the appearance of corruption.

At least 25 individuals gave or raised $1 million each for the Super PAC supporting Jeb Bush, according to the Wall Street Journal. The largest contribution reportedly came from billionaire Mike Fernandez who gave $3 million. And then there is one billionaire, Donald Trump, who has decided that the best presidential candidate to finance is Donald Trump.

The 2016 presidential candidates and their individual-candidate Super PACs are wiping out the nation’s anti-corruption candidate contribution limits. In doing so, the presidential candidates and the Super PAC supporting them are creating the kind of system that the Supreme Court has described as an inherently corrupt system.

As the 2016 campaign unfolds, the American people are watching the perversion of the American presidency take place before their eyes.

The 2016 Committee
August 3, 2015

2016 Committee Raises More than $5 Million in First Half of 2015

Grassroots movement surpasses $18 million since inception, with more than 23,000 volunteers and 148,552 donors nationwide supporting Dr. Ben Carson

Merrifield, Va. — August 3, 2015 — The 2016 Committee, a political action committee raising awareness and support for Dr. Ben Carson’s campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, today announced that it raised more than $5.2 million in the first half of 2015, bringing total fundraising since its inception to more than $18 million.

“Our continued fundraising success is a testament to the passionate belief many Americans have in Dr. Ben Carson and his vision for our nation,” said John Philip Sousa IV, the Committee’s National Chairman. “Ben Carson has an inscrutable reputation not only as a physician, but also a leader, and Americans everywhere want to see Dr. Carson apply his courage, integrity, and vision to heal our nation.”

Since the Committee’s formation in August 2013 as the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, it has received donations from nearly 150,000 unique donors, with an average donation of more than $66.

In addition to fundraising success, the Committee has also seen critical gains in the creation of a large-scale grassroots effort in support of Ben Carson’s run to the White House. The Committee has reached more than 600,000 voters with copies of “Rx for America,” an extensive primer on Dr. Ben Carson by Sousa; scheduled more than 360 debate parties; and hosted or scheduled more than 100 movie night showings of “Gifted Hands.”

The Committee has also successfully built a national grassroots movement numbering more than 23,000 volunteers. It operates full-time offices in Iowa and New Hampshire, and chairmen are in place in nearly every state in the nation.

About the 2016 Committee

The 2016 Committee is a political action committee raising awareness of and support for Dr. Ben Carson’s campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. For more information, visit www.2016committee.org or connect on Twitter @DraftRunBenRun or Facebook/RunBenRun.org.