Who raised the most campaign money in 2015?

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In politics, money is often the name of the game — a stash of cash allows for a strong infrastructure built for the ups and downs of campaigning. It also means a significant number of supporters back the candidate passionately enough to cut a check. While fundraising tallies don't always predict the winner, they do signal a campaign's long-term viability.

But in case you haven't heard, 2016 is an unprecedented race, built on excitement around anti-establishment candidates finding success outside of conventional campaign customs. Candidates like businessman Donald Trump on the right and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on the left have found success this cycle despite their untraditional approach to campaign finance. As the visualization shows, their two campaigns have benefited greatly from small donations of less than $200.

Exceptional as 2016 may be, a stockpile of campaign cash — whether it comes in contributions small or large — is still critical in any presidential race. InsideGov used the most recent data available from the Federal Election Commission to calculate how much money each candidate raised in 2015. The totals reflect money raised for the campaign's official committee, and do not include super PAC data. The list reflects candidates from the two main parties and is ranked from least to most raised.

The list includes candidates who have dropped out of the race, since data reflects fundraising totals from last year. Fun fact: The person who raised the least money in 2015, and therefore wouldn't be expected to still be in the contest, continues his campaign. Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, who received a total of 12 votes in the Republican Iowa caucuses, used the hashtag #StillStanding on Twitter to tell people he was sticking it out after Iowa.

#22. Jim Gilmore

Former Gov. Jim Gilmore, R-Va., raised $214,440 in 2015. He placed last in the Iowa caucuses with 12 votes.

#21. Lincoln Chafee

Former Gov. Lincoln Chafee, D-R.I., raised $418,136 in 2015. He dropped out of the race on Oct. 23, 2015.

#20. George Pataki

Former Gov. George Pataki, R-N.Y., raised $544,183 in 2015. He dropped out of the race on Dec. 29, 2015.

#19. Jim Webb

Former Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., raised $764,992 in 2015. He dropped out of the race on Oct. 20, 2015.

#18. Rick Santorum

Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., raised $1,243,230 in 2015. He placed 11th in the Iowa caucuses with 1 percent of the vote. He dropped out of the race on Feb. 3, 2016.

#17. Rick Perry

Former Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, raised $1,427,133 in 2015. He dropped out of the race on Sept. 11, 2015.

#16. Bobby Jindal

Former Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., raised $1,442,464 in 2015. He dropped out of the race on Nov. 17, 2015.

#15. Mike Huckabee

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark., raised $3,950,146 in 2015. He placed ninth in the Iowa caucuses with 1.8 percent of the vote. He dropped out of the race the night of the caucuses, on Feb. 1, 2016.

#14. Martin O'Malley

Former Gov. Martin O'Malley, D-Md., raised $4,791,834 in 2015. He placed third in the Iowa caucuses with 0.6 percent of the vote. He dropped out of the race on caucus night, Feb. 1, 2016.

#13. Lindsey Graham

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., raised $5,628,710 in 2015. He dropped out of the race on Dec. 21, 2015.

#12. Chris Christie

Gov. Chris Christie, D-N.J., raised $7,159,329 in 2015. He placed 10th in the Iowa caucuses with 1.8 percent of the vote.

#11. John Kasich

Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, raised $7,582,365 in 2015. He placed eighth in the Iowa caucuses with 1.9 percent of the vote.

#10. Scott Walker

Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., raised $7,973,750 in 2015. He dropped out of the race on Sept. 21, 2015.

#9. Carly Fiorina

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina raised $11,349,057 in 2015. She placed seventh in the Republican Iowa caucuses with 1.9 percent of the vote.

#8. Rand Paul

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., raised $11,519,438 in 2015. He placed fifth in the Iowa caucuses with 4.5 percent of the vote. He dropped out of the race on Feb. 3, 2016.

#7. Donald Trump

Businessman Donald Trump raised $19,405,217 in 2015. He placed second in the Republican Iowa caucuses with 24.3 percent of the vote.

#6. Marco Rubio

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., raised $29,710,092 in 2015. He placed third in the Iowa caucuses with 23.1 percent of the vote.

#5. Jeb Bush

Former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla., raised $31,922,100 in 2015. He placed sixth in the Iowa caucuses with 2.8 percent of the vote.

#4. Ted Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, raised $47,086,857 in 2015. He won the Iowa caucuses with 27.6 percent of the vote.

#3. Ben Carson

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson raised $54,036,610 in 2015. He placed fourth in the Republican Iowa caucuses with 9.3 percent of the vote.

#2. Bernie Sanders

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., raised $75,023,152 in 2015. He placed second in the Democratic Iowa caucuses with 49.6 percent of the vote.

#1. Hillary Clinton

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton raised $115,563,929 in 2015. She won the Democratic Iowa caucuses with 49.9 percent of the vote.

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