These maps show how much money each state is giving to the presidential race

What Is a Super PAC?

When it comes to political fundraising, certain truths hold firm no matter who is in the race: donors in California, New York and Texas always dole out the dough. These so-called ATM states continue to deliver for the 2016 presidential race: An InsideGov analysis found that donors in those three states have given more than $180 million to candidates and super PACs so far this cycle.

The $180,329,978 from those states constitutes 46.4 percent of the total sum contributed between January and September of 2015. A huge portion of that total — $115 million — went to super PACs, which are not restricted in terms of how much money they can collect from individuals and corporations.

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Florida elbowed its way into the top four for super PAC giving this year, with Sunshine State donors giving more than $41 million to these groups. Of that total, conservative super PACs collected $40,702,997, buoyed by two Republican presidential candidates who call Florida home — former Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio.

So far this cycle, Texas has delivered the most super PAC money to the presidential race. More than $48 million, virtually all of it for conservative groups, has flowed from there. Two GOP presidential contenders have connections to the Lone Star State: Bush has multiple family ties there, and Sen. Ted Cruz lives in Houston.

California and New York were friendlier to left-leaning candidates. Of the almost $16 million raised for Democrats in California, more than $13.5 million went to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's campaign. In New York, which she represented in the Senate and where her campaign headquarters is based, Clinton collected more than $11.1 million of the total $12.2 million that went to Democratic candidates.

California-based donors chipped in almost $10 million to Republicans, with about $2.5 million going to Bush and almost $2.3 million going to Rubio. About $6.2 million went to GOP candidates from New Yorkers, with a little less than half of that going to Bush's campaign.

In Texas, of the $20.5 million raised for candidates, almost $17 million went to Republicans. Cruz's campaign received the lion's share of that sum, at $9.2 million, while Bush collected $2.4 million. And in Florida, native sons Bush and Rubio were, again, first and second in fundraising. Of the $10.2 million from that state that went to Republicans, Bush collected about $4.7 million and Rubio received about $2.6 million.

In total, super PAC and campaign fundraising so far has brought in almost $390 million — and Election Day is still a year away. That can only mean one thing: Expect plenty more fundraising events and email pleas before the country decides on who is the next commander in chief.

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These maps show how much money each state is giving to the presidential race

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont (D)

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of New York (D)

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Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (R)

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Former CEO, Businesswoman Carly Fiorina of California (R)

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Former New York Governor George Pataki (R)

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Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina (R)

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R)

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Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore (R)

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