Come campaign time, those priorities are well-rewarded.
And Clinton spokesman Josh Schwerin said “the $8 million we raised in low-dollar contributions was more than many Republican campaigns raised in total”, he said. “These favorable percentages suggest that the aspiring Democrat who wins the presidential nomination will not have to hide Obama as he or she campaigns among the nation’s Hispanics”, the website says. Cruz, for example, announced in March, months before, for example, Bobby Jindal, who announced in June.
In this July 13, 2015, photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a campaign event in New York.
Trump used the campaign stop to defend his remarks on immigration as well.
OK, technically this is something we learned not only from the FEC filings but from candidates and their superPACs themselves.
The financial report for Bush’s 2016 campaign committee shows a streamlined operation that has so far spent little compared with candidates of the past during similar periods. But some campaigns have released numbers on the gargantuan totals some of those outside groups have brought in.
Another measure of the campaigns’ funds – and their strategy – is how much they are *spending* out of that fundraising haul. The groups – which can raise unlimited sums but cannot coordinate with a candidate, must disclose their donors.
The campaign launched each of those platforms over the last few months, with a goal of reaching would-be supporters where they normally spend time online and creating a ripple effect that would expand their contact lists. The program run by that firm, Cambridge Analytica, profiles voters into six personality types and then tailors campaign messaging to them based on how they are predicted to react. The company is managed by his top strategist, Rob Johnson, and his campaign manager, Jeff Miller, according to corporation records filed with the Texas Secretary of State. When matched against Jeb Bush, she received 64 percent of the vote, while the former Florida governor garnered only 27 percent.
Most voters already recognize the names Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush. The FEC segregates donations into two levels that can be easily deciphered: under $200, typically referred to as “small donors”, and over $200. “I think we have proven to a lot of people who were looking for some demonstration with 230,000 donors that I think we don’t have to prove much about the viability of our candidacy”. Most of the contributors donated the maximum $2,700. But small donors only accounted for 17% of the total amount raised, the FEC filing shows. As long as the court considers money as speech, as it declared in Buckley v Valeo, any limit – even the current $2,700 per-cycle cap – is vulnerable to legal challenge.
Despite all the rhetoric against Wall Street by U.S. presidential candidates, campaign contributions to the 2016 election frontrunners are pouring in from America’s largest banks.
$72 million is actually a bad haul for Mercer, a perennial candidate.
So far, Trump’s biggest donor is Trump himself.
“You don’t develop a sense of inevitability through small donor donations”, he said. To the extent that donations are a measure of support, this doesn’t bode well for The Donald, despite the fact that he has outperformed many of his rivals in recent polls. Variety observes that among those listed are affluent entertainment and media figures including Comcast executive David L. Cohen and his wife, Newsweb Corp.
In the meantime, he’s content bolstering his tech cred – and needling Democratic presidential rival and “sharing economy” skeptic Hillary Clinton – by publicly embracing Uber.