Presidential Elections 2016

With the U.S. 2016 elections on the horizon, it’s time to explore information on candidates, their parties, campaign funds, and more. This Silk uses data from Open Secrets, a project of the Center for Responsive Politics, to provide information on the upcoming election––including descriptions of candidates and their top-contributors.

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Presidential Candidates: 2016 

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Ben CarsonRepublican PartyBen Carson is the former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center. Carson grew up in a poor, single-parent household in Detroit, but went to college at Yale. He is the recipient of several distinguished honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and he was named a living legend by the Library of Congress. Carson has also written several New York Times best-selling books, and runs a foundation that promotes education and reading. He has not held public office in his career.
Bernie SandersDemocratic PartyWhat most distinguishes Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders from other potential presidential candidates is the fact that he's a declared socialist and represents his state as an independent, not a Republican or Democrat (though he caucuses with the Democrats). Sanders has concerned himself with middle class issues, the growing wage disparity, and promoting renewable energy sources. Before winning his Senate seat in 2006, Sanders served in the House of Representatives for 16 years, making him the longest-serving independent member of Congress in history.
Bobby JindalRepublican PartyLouisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is the first Indian American governor in the United States. Prior to that he was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served from 2005 until 2008, when he was elected governor. Jindal previously held a position in the administration of President George W. Bush. Jindal is known for his fiscal and social conservative stances.
Carly FiorinaRepublican PartyCarly Fiorina has already broken glass ceilings. She first became known for her time as CEO of Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005, a position that made her the first woman CEO of a DOW 30 firm. Her tenure ended when she was abruptly fired by the board of directors. Fiorina was an adviser to Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) presidential campaign in 2008. In 2010, she was the unsuccessful GOP challenger to incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), pulling in just over 42 percent of the vote.
Chris ChristieRepublican PartyChris Christie is the blunt-talking Republican Governor of New Jersey, known for his combative tongue. Many in his party urged him to run for the White House in 2012, but he decided against it. He's been governor of New Jersey since 2010, a position he won after serving as U.S. Attorney for New Jersey from 2002-2008. As a politician, Christie -- who holds the highest office in a Democratic-leaning state -- is seen as more moderate than many GOP presidential hopefuls, and has been criticized by the right.

Want to learn more? Explore information on other candidates through filtering by their party or home state below. 

Source: Open Secrets.

Presidential Elections 2016: An Overview

Number of Presidential Candidates by Home State

Source: Open Secrets.

Percentage of Presidential Candidates by Political Party

Source: Open Secrets.

According to data gathered from Open Secrets’ “2016 Presidential Race” database, a number of candidates are residents of Florida (4), followed by New York (3), Texas (2), Virginia (2), and Kentucky (1). 

The majority of presidential candidates are republican (70%), and only five candidates are democrats (25%). Only one candidate, Jill Stein, represents another party––the Green Party.

Presidential Candidates' FEC Announcement Date and Campaign Site 

Source: Politics 1.

This table lists each presidential candidate according to the date they announced their candidacy, as well as the URL of their campaign website. Ted Cruz (R) is the earliest candidate to announce his candidacy and the only candidate that announced in March 2015. Jim Webb (D) is the latest candidate to announce his presidency.

Contributors to Presidential Candidates 

The upcoming section details top contributors to candidates in the Democratic, Republican, and Green Party. All data is based on the Center for Responsive Politics’ Open Secret database. According to the criteria of this database, “the money came from the organizations' PACs; their individual members, employees or owners; and those individuals' immediate families. At the federal level, the organizations themselves did not donate, as they are prohibited by law from doing so.”

The numbers below represents the total amount of contribution. If you would like to explore each “individual” and “organization” figure, visit each candidate’s appropriate source. 

Contributors to Candidates from the Democratic Party 

Below are tables of the top-4 funded candidates from the Democratic Party. Explore the tables to learn more about the top contributors for each candidate's political history and 2016 presidential campaign.

Top-10 contributors to Hillary Clinton (1999-2016)
Top-10 contributors to Lincoln Chafee (1999-2008)
Top-10 contributors to Bernie Sanders (1989-2016)
Top-10 contributors to Martin O'Malley (2005-2010)

Contributors to Candidates from the Republican Party 

Below are tables of the top-4 funded candidates from the Republican Party. Explore the tables to learn more about the top contributors for each candidate's political history and 2016 presidential campaign.

Top-10 contributors to Ted Cruz (2011-2016)
Top-10 contributors to Rick Santorum (1989-2016)
Top-10 contributors to Lindsey Graham (1993-2014)
Top-10 contributors to Rand Paul (2009-2016)

Contributors to Candidates from Other Parties

Below is a table of contributors to other parties. Jill Stein is the only candidate running from another party––the Green Party. Explore the tables to learn more about the top contributors for each candidate's political history and 2016 presidential campaign.

Top-10 Contributors to Jill Stein (2011-2014)
Top-5 candidates, graphed by amount of money candidate's campaign raised

In terms of fundraising for the 2016 elections, Hillary Clinton leads the list with the most campaign money raised ($47.5 million); followed by Bernie Sanders ($15.2 million). The majority (80%) of Bernie Sanders’ contributions come from donations of $200 or less.

Top-5 candidates, graphed by amount of money candidates received from outside sources

Source: New York Times.

On the other hand, in terms of the amount of money received from outside sources, Jeb Bush has received the “most outside support.” So far, he has raised $103 million dollars from outside groups such as super PACS, followed by Ted Cruz ($38 million), and Marco Rubio ($31.9 million). 

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