Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have raised $992 million so far as they vie for presidency according to Open Secrets. Super PACs which benefit one candidate or the other have raised $502 million. By the time the quest for the presidency is over, fund raising will top $2 billion.
The 2016 race started early with a large field of potential candidates, some of whom acted very much like, well, candidates — making appearances in early primary states, vying for commitments from big donors and assembling teams that could quickly pivot and become campaign staff. Meanwhile, constellations of groups working on behalf of each of the most serious White House hopefuls – including leadership PACs, super PACs, 501(c)(4) dark money outlets and more – cropped up like spring flowers, all but inviting spending records to be broken.
Clinton as raised $435 million and Trump $160 million. Trump has raised less that several of the Republican contenders he knocked out including Jeb Bush, Bernie Sanders, and Ted Cruz
As Open Secrets, part of the Center for Responsive Politics points out:
The contest to become the nation’s 45th president is the first since 2008 in which there’s no incumbent on the ballot. That historic election brought the U.S. its first black commander-in-chief. In 2016, American voters could elect the first female president, or a billionaire businessman. What’s certain: Each candidate’s unique qualities will receive intense scrutiny enabled by — and sometimes distorted by — billions of dollars flowing through the campaigns, political parties and outside spending groups.
Close to $2 billion, and counting