Who Finances Candidates’ Campaigns

For the foreseeable future, presidential elections in the U.S. are going to consist of two-year speaking tours augmented by 30 to 60 second television ads and door-to-door campaigning. This process takes a lot of money. If you’re curious about where all this money is coming from, check out Open Secrets, a super-thorough web site that provides a statistical breakdown of campaign finances from numerous angles.

To take just a few examples, if you support reform of the health care system, you may want to know which candidates take money from insurance companies, the health and pharmaceutical industries, and lobbyists generally. They know what side their bread is buttered on.

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Insurance

Christopher J. Dodd (D)

graph $713,012

Mitt Romney (R)

graph $629,167

Rudolph W. Giuliani (R)

graph $530,615

Hillary Clinton (D)

graph $525,938

Barack Obama (D)

graph $390,513

John McCain (R)

graph $246,524

Bill Richardson (D)

graph $179,508

John Edwards (D)

graph $129,600

Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D)

graph $84,575

Fred Thompson (R)

graph $80,700

Ron Paul (R)

graph $34,821

Mike Huckabee (R)

graph $23,550

Sam Brownback (R)

graph $12,950

Duncan Hunter (R)

graph $6,350

Tom Tancredo (R)

graph $1,850

Dennis J. Kucinich (D)

graph $1,250

Mike Gravel (D)

graph $500

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Pharmaceuticals/Health Products

Hillary Clinton (D)

graph $269,436

Barack Obama (D)

graph $261,784

Mitt Romney (R)

graph $260,535

Rudolph W. Giuliani (R)

graph $138,850

Christopher J. Dodd (D)

graph $84,400

John McCain (R)

graph $69,300

Bill Richardson (D)

graph $28,950

Fred Thompson (R)

graph $26,900

Ron Paul (R)

graph $20,568

John Edwards (D)

graph $15,000

Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D)

graph $13,425

Sam Brownback (R)

graph $12,750

Dennis J. Kucinich (D)

graph $5,100

Duncan Hunter (R)

graph $4,050

Tom Tancredo (R)

graph $3,250

Mike Gravel (D)

graph $2,208
Mike Huckabee (R) graph $500

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Lobbyists

Hillary Clinton (D)

graph $567,950

John McCain (R)

graph $340,365

Christopher J. Dodd (D)

graph $233,875

Mitt Romney (R)

graph $229,475

Rudolph W. Giuliani (R)

graph $212,100

Bill Richardson (D)

graph $134,950

Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D)

graph $114,460

Fred Thompson (R)

graph $90,000

Barack Obama (D)

graph $76,859

Duncan Hunter (R)

graph $30,900

John Edwards (D)

graph $18,900

Sam Brownback (R)

graph $17,225

Mike Huckabee (R)

graph $6,964

Tom Tancredo (R)

graph $250

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The page also provides information about specific candidates’ finances and where they come from:

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

Source of Funds:
(How to read this chart / methodology)

legend

Individual contributions

$79,218,370

99%

legend

PAC contributions

$6,775

0%

legend

Candidate self-financing

$0

0%

legend

Federal Funds

$0

0%

legend

Other

$1,031,282

1%

PAC Contribution Breakdown:
(How to read this chart / methodology)

legend

Business

$3,250

26%

legend

Labor

$0

0%

legend

Ideological/Single Issue

$9,237

74%

John Edwards

John Edwards

Source of Funds:
(How to read this chart / methodology)

legend

Individual contributions

$30,121,494

99%

legend

PAC contributions

$20

0%

legend

Candidate self-financing

$0

0%

legend

Federal Funds

$0

0%

legend

Other

$207,638

1%

PAC Contribution Breakdown:
(How to read this chart / methodology)

legend

Business

$500

4%

legend

Labor

$6,000

52%

legend

Ideological/Single Issue

$5,087

44%

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Source of Funds:
(How to read this chart / methodology)

legend

Individual contributions

$79,644,559

88%

legend

PAC contributions

$748,052

1%

legend

Candidate self-financing

$0

0%

legend

Federal Funds

$0

0%

legend

Other

$10,543,177

12%

PAC Contribution Breakdown:
(How to read this chart / methodology)

legend

Business

$304,408

56%

legend

Labor

$58,600

11%

legend

Ideological/Single Issue

$181,484

33%

Highly recommended.

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~ by lolarusa on January 6, 2008.

3 Responses to “Who Finances Candidates’ Campaigns”

  1. HAHA, Great graphs!!!!

    The people do not own this country anymore,,,,

  2. I think this information is telling; however, I’d like to add that corporations tend to throw money at whomever they think has a good chance of winning an election in the hopes that the winning candidate will remember them at a future date. I wouldn’t be surprised if many of the same corporations gave money to Hillary, Obama and Romney that way they’re covered no matter who the winner is.

    The only odd one out is Huckabee. He’s at the bottom of insurance, pharmaceuticals, and lobbyists, yet he is currently on top of many polls. I wonder if his donations will change as he becomes a more viable candidate.

  3. It´s not that Huckabee is not accepting corporate contributions, he is actively soliciting them.

    Edwards´low numbers, however, reflect his policy of not accepting contributions from moneyed interests and lobbyists.

    I think both Huckabee and Edwards are proof that you can do well without that money. We´ll see how it pans out over the next couple of months, I guess.

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