USA Presidential Candidates Spend $2.17 Billion in Campaign
Washington, Dec 28 (Prensa Latina) Presidential candidates in the United States spent $ 2.2 billion this year, according to a study published by the Center for Public Integrity, which used data provided by the Federal Electoral Commission.
The investigation, published the day before, confirmed that President-elect Donald Trump spent US $ 409 million, while his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, $ 769 million.
Of the rest of the presidential candidates, Senator Bernie Sanders used $ 232 million in his campaign, and Congressman of Cuban origin Ted Cruz, $ 161 million.
The list of expenses includes Florida's former governor, Jeb Bush, who ran for $ 154 million in Republican primaries, and Sen. Marco Rubio - also of Cuban origin - with 111 million.
According to the Center for Public Integrity's study, Sanders was the only candidate who did not have funding from political action organizations that are dedicated to raise funds for White House candidates, -SuperPAC-, who respond to lobbyists.
Among the more collector top contenders through the SuperPAC were Hillary Clinton ($ 205 million), Jeb Bush (122), Donald Trump (89.4), Marco Rubio (76.5), and Ted Cruz (69.3).
According to calculations by the Center for Public Integrity, Donald Trump's campaign cost him $ 6.5 each of the 62 million 979 thousand votes he got, compared to $ 11.5 that Clinton cost 979 votes obtained, compared to the 11,5 dollars that Clinton spend for the 65.845 000 votes she won in the last November 8 elections.
In turn, it was announced that in the funding of his election campaign, Trump provided $ 66.1 million of his personal finances.
That figure is almost 10 times less than the $ 600 million that the real estate mogul promised in 2011, when he assured he was willing to spend $ 600 million out of pocket if he decides to run for the White House.
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