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
Want to learn more? Explore information on other candidates through filtering by their party or home state below.
Presidential Elections 2016: An Overview
Number of Presidential Candidates by Home State
Percentage of Presidential Candidates by Political Party
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
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.
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.
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
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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