Who raised the most campaign money in 2015?
By Palmer Gibbs, Graphiq
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.
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.