Here's how many millions of dollars were wasted on failed presidential campaigns this election

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Costs of Failed Campaigns Weigh on Former Candidates

It's the question that's probably always in the back of your mind when a presidential candidate drops out of an election, but you feel too uninformed to ask: What about all the money they raised for their campaign?

Honestly? It kind of just goes to waste.

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Take Jeb Bush, for example. In hopes of clinching the Republican nomination, Jeb raised (and blew through) over $150M, through both Super PACs and his own campaign. We don't know about you, but we'd probably be a little upset if that had all gone towards a failed effort. But fear not for Jeb: he still managed to have a little fun by spending $94K of it clubbing (#Jeb!)

If you're not completely clear on the way political funding works (and with so many loopholes and rules, it's nearly impossible to know every detail), just know this: Big independent groups called Super PACs (Political Action Committees) support candidates with unlimited donations from a variety of sources, often big companies and wealthy individuals.

Here's a breakdown of the contributions to Jeb's campaign made by Super PACs over time:
Though the Super PACs cannot donate directly to the candidate themselves, they can run ads, outreach campaigns and voter turnout efforts for their candidate of choice or against their candidate of choice's opponent. Translation: Super PACs raise and spend big bucks (and are the major driving force) when it comes to funding presidential campaigns.

So just how much money have the candidates who've dropped out raised and (essentially) wasted this election cycle?'s Money site gave us the answer for all 13 former candidates.

The grand total of failed campaign money for all drop-out candidates combined?

Click through (and try not to cringe) below to see the breakdown by each candidate:
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Here's how many millions of dollars were wasted on failed presidential campaigns this election

Jeb Bush (R)

Outside money: $118,740,817

Committee money: $33,512,524

Total: $152,253,341

Credit: Time

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Scott Walker (R)

Outside money: $24,436,318

Committee money: $7,973,750

Total: $32,410,068

Credit: Time

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Chris Christie (R)

Outside money: $19,498,758

Committee money: $7,159,329

Total: $26,658,087

Credit: Time

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Carly Fiorina (R)

Outside money: $13,015,651

Committee money: $11,349,057

Total: $24,364,708

Credit: Time

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Rand Paul (R)

Outside money: $10,591,125

Committee money: $11,408,766

Total: $21,999,891

Credit: Time

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Rick Perry (R)

Outside money: $15,231,068

Committee money: $1,427,133

Total: $16,658,201

Credit: Time

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Lindsey Graham (R)

Outside money: $10,017,014

Committee money: $4,762,211

Total: $14,779,225

Credit: Time

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Mike Huckabee (R)

Outside money: $5,714,126

Committee money: $3,950,146

Total: $9,664,272

Credit: Time

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Bobby Jindal (R)

Outside money: $4,517,207

Committee money: $1,442,464

Total: $5,959,671

Credit: Time

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Martin O’Malley (D)

Outside money: $1,105,138

Committee money: $4,791,834

Total: $5,896,972

Credit: Time

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George Pataki (R)

Outside money: $1,547,674

Committee money: $544,183

Total: $2,091,857

Credit: Time

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Rick Santorum (R)

Outside money: $639,151

Committee money: $1,302,885

Total: $1,942,036

Credit: Time

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Jim Webb (D)

Outside money: $27,092

Committee money: $764,992

Total: $792,084

Credit: Time

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Jim Gilmore (R)

Outside money: $305,172

Committee money: $214,440

Total: $519,612

Credit: Time

Photo: Getty


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