Five candidates have each spent over $100 million.
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz announced he was dropping out of the race Tuesday, and while he didn’t reach Jeb Bush-levels of campaign expenditures, the ex-candidate did rack up quite a big bill during his campaign.
Cruz spent over $100 million by the end of April, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, and raised almost $150 million. Add Cruz’s spending to the rest of the field of failed Republican presidential campaigns, and the total is well over $500 million.
Of those left in the race, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has raised and spent the most money, at $256.4 million and $182.9 million, respectively. She’s followed by fellow Democrat Bernie Sanders, who has spent $165.3 million, and raised $182.8 million. Five candidates have spent over nine figures this election season.
Republican front-runner Donald Trump has raised “just” $51.2 million and spent $49.5 million, or about a quarter of what Clinton has spent. John Kasich has raised $29.2 million and spent $33.5 million.
Here’s a running tally of how much the failed candidates raised and spent during their runs for the presidency:
|Candidate||Amount Raised||Amount Spent|
Grand Total of Drop-Out Money Spent: $583,787,356