Tracking presidential campaign cash, Sunlight recaps third quarter finance reports

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Yesterday was the deadline for 2016 candidates to file their third quarter campaign finance reports, and while the presidential field is still pretty big, the numbers give us a clearer picture as to where each candidate stands.

Hillary Clinton leads in fundraising among Democratic candidates, raising $29,921,653 in the third quarter. She’s raised a total of $76,077,855 so far this year. But, she only narrowly beat out Bernie Sanders this quarter with the Senator from Vermont raising $26,216,430, bringing his total to $41,463,783. While the two are close in fundraising, the telling difference lies in the number of donors. Sanders had 96,421 individual donors while Hillary had half that number at 45,968.

  • Hillary Clinton: $29,921,653 raised, $25,776,617 spent, $32,995,172 cash on hand ($647,245 debt)
  • Bernie Sanders: $26,216,430 raised, $11,258,446 spent $27,119,722, cash on hand
  • Martin O’Malley: $1,282,820 raised, $1,790,970 spent, $805,987 cash on hand
  • Jim Webb: $696,972 raised, $380,206 spent, $316,765 cash on hand
  • Lincoln Chaffee: $15,457 raised, $59,917 spent, $284,526 cash on hand ($363,694 debt)
  • Larry Lessig: $1,016,189 raised, $442,254 spent, $573,936 cash on hand

Dr. Ben Carson leads the Republican field, raising $20,767,266. Jeb Bush followed with $13,384,832 and $24,765,379 on the year. He’s closely followed by Ted Cruz, who brought in $12,218,138.

Donald Trump, who up until this point has been self-funding his campaign, brought in $3,926,511 from 2,240 contributors. That includes $100,779 the Donald made in in-kind donations to his campaign for things like rent and payroll.

Both Scott Walker and Rick Perry dropped out in Q3, and their filings give us a clearer picture why they exited the race. As the Wall Street Journal reported, Walker raised $7.4 million but has more than $1 million in campaign debt. Perry raised just $287,199 in Q3 and had just $44,553 left in the campaign coffers.

  • Dr. Ben Carson: $20,767,266 raised, $14,240,045 spent, $11,272,534 cash on hand ($25,000 debt)
  • Jeb Bush: $13,384,832 raised, $11,465,513 spent, $10,271,129 cash on hand ($404,737 debt)
  • Ted Cruz $12,218,138 raised, $6,966,830 spent, $13,778,904 cash on hand
  • Marco Rubio: $5,724,784 raised, $4,607,861 spent, $10,975,989 cash on hand
  • Lindsey Graham: $1,052,657 raised, $1,984,167 spent, $1,651,309 cash on hand
  • Mike Huckabee: $1,241,737 raised, $1,365,797 spent, $761,411 cash on hand ($133,104 debt)
  • Chris Christie: $4,208,984 raised, $2,822,537 spent, $1,386,447 cash on hand ($246,347 debt)
  • Donald Trump: $3,926,511 raised, $4,159,475 spent, $254,773 cash on hand ($1,804,747)
  • Rick Santorum: $387,985 raised, $393,477 spent, $226,526 cash on hand ($67,351 debt)
  • John Kasich: $4,376,787 raised, $1,734,838 spent, $2,641,950 cash on hand
  • George Pataki: $153,514 raised, $347,564 spent, $13,571 ($20,000 debt)
  • Rand Paul: $2,509,252 raised, $4,546,611 spent, $2,124,156 cash on hand ($365,359 debt)
  • Bobby Jindal: $579,438 raised, $832,214 spent, $260,393 cash on hand
  • Jim Gilmore: $105,807 raised, $71,423 spent, $34,384 cash on hand ($43,000 debt)

What to watch

Who will be the next to drop out of the race? Cash on hand is often an indicator. Will Pataki be next to drop out? Jindal? Santorum? Chaffee? Gilmore? And as always, anyone can use our Real-Time Federal Campaign Finance tool to follow the money.