Buying of the President

Published — August 21, 2016

21 numbers to know about the 2016 White House race

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Arizona. Gage Skidmore/Flickr

New facts, figures that help explain the presidential election


White House hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are 79 days away from Election Day.

And newly released campaign finance reports show Clinton and her allies dominating Trump, who has run a highly unorthodox campaign and this week parted ways with his campaign chairman.

All the while, the Center for Public Integrity is following their money trail.

Here are 21 key facts and figures that help explain the 2016 White House race to date.

Minimum amount of money that Democrat Hillary Clinton and her super PACs allies have raised in pursuit of the White House through July: $447 million

Amount of money Clinton and her main supportive super PAC had in the bank heading into August: $97 million

Minimum amount Republican Donald Trump and his super PAC supporters have raised: $141 million

Amount they had in the bank heading into August: $43 million

Amount of money Trump, in 2011, said he’d be willing to personally spend were he to ever run for president: $600 million

Amount Trump has so far given to his 2016 campaign: $52 million

Number of TV ads that have aired in the presidential race since the general election effectively began in mid-June: 104,000

Portion of those ads sponsored by Clinton, her super PAC backers and other allies: 90 percent

Minimum number of TV ads targeting residents of the battleground state of Florida: 23,500

Clinton’s current lead in Florida, based on an average of recent polls: 3.5 percent

Number of Electoral College votes predicts Clinton would win by carrying states where she currently leads Trump by at least 8 percentage points: 269

Date on which Clinton first said she opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, which she helped promote as Secretary of State: Oct. 7, 2015

Date on which Clinton ally and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Clinton would support the TPP if elected president: July 26, 2016

Date on which the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s lead TPP lobbyist donated the legal max of $2,700 to Clinton’s campaign: July 26, 2016

Amount of campaign cash Democrat Bernie Sanders still has in the bank: $6.1 million

Portion of Trump’s $37 million in July receipts that came from small-dollar donors giving $200 or less: 35 percent

Portion of Clinton’s $52 million July haul that came from small-dollar donors: 22 percent

Percentage of pro-Clinton super PAC Priorities USA Action’s $9.9 million in July receipts for which the top 10 donors alone accounted: 93 percent

Percentage of support in national polls needed by Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson to qualify for the presidential debates this fall: 15 percent

Approximate percentage of the vote Johnson earned as the Libertarian Party nominee in 2012: 1 percent

Number of super PACs supporting Johnson that have started airing TV ads this month: 2

Dave Levinthal, Carrie Levine and Chris Zubak-Skees contributed to this report.

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