Jeb Bush loaned his own campaign $250,000 last month

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2016 Elections: What Happened With Jeb Bush?

According to the ex-candidate's latest Federal Election Commission filing, Jeb Bush loaned his own faltering campaign a quarter-million dollars in its last month of life. He also flat-out contributed $157,000, which means, as Politicopoints out, that he was responsible for a full third of his campaign's $1.2 million haul in February -- just before he dropped out. His campaign ended on February 20 with $465,000 left in the bank, which was just enough to cover its $452,000 in debt. That's a lot of plastic turtles.

Meanwhile Marco Rubio's campaign reported a similar pattern -- according to the Associated Press, more than 40 percent of the $58 million donated to the Conservative Solutions Super PAC on Rubio's behalf was raised in the final month of his campaign. Much of that money came from backers whose preferred candidates had dropped out of the race.

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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - JANUARY 15: Former Republican presidential candidate and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) announces his endorsement of Jeb Bush for president on January 15, 2016 in North Charleston, South Carolina. Graham dropped his bid for the presidency last month. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - JANUARY 14: Republican presidential candidates (L-R) New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Jeb Bush laugh during a commercial break during the Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center on January 14, 2016 in North Charleston, South Carolina. The sixth Republican debate is held in two parts, one main debate for the top seven candidates, and another for three other candidates lower in the current polls. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
GRINNELL, IA - JANUARY 12: Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush greets people during a town hall at the Brownell's Firearms Manufacturing company on January 12, 2016 in Grinnell, Iowa. Bush continues his quest to become the Republican presidential nominee. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
WAUKESHA, WI - NOVEMBER 09: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) sits with Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush (L) at La Casa de Esperanza during a campaign stop on November 9, 2015 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Tomorrow Bush will participate in the third Republican presidential debate sponsored by Fox Business News and the Wall Street Journal at the Milwaukee Theater in nearby Milwaukee. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 2: Republican presidential candidate and former Florida governor Jeb Bush allows a supporter to loosen his necktie during a rally on his 'Jeb Can Fix It' Tour on November 2, 2015 at the Tampa Garden Club in Tampa, Florida. Following dropping poll numbers and poor debate performance Bush is trying to reset his campaign that many say has been flailing. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
DES MOINES, IA - AUGUST 14: Republican presidential hopeful and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad eat a pork chop on a stick at the Iowa Pork Tent during the Iowa State Fair on August 14, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. Presidential candidates are addressing attendees at the Iowa State Fair on the Des Moines Register Presidential Soapbox stage. The State Fair runs through August 23. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
DES MOINES, IA - AUGUST 14: Republican presidential hopeful and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (C) talks with members of the media as U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (L) (R-IA) and U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R) (R-IA) look on during the Iowa State Fair on August 14, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. Presidential candidates are addressing attendees at the Iowa State Fair on the Des Moines Register Presidential Soapbox stage. The State Fair runs through August 23. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JUNE 15: Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush waves on stage as he announces his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination during an event at Miami-Dade College - Kendall Campus on June 15 , 2015 in Miami, Florida. Bush joins a list of Republican candidates to announce their plans on running against the Democrats for the White House. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
MYRTLE BEACH, SC - MARCH 18: Former Florida Governor and potential Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush kisses a supporter during an early morning GOP breakfast event on March 18, 2015 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Bush announced in December that he 'actively explore' a presidential run in 2016. He is currently on a two day tour through South Carolina and will attend several fundraising events. (Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images)
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For instance, Ronald Cameron, the wealthy chairman of an agricultural processing company in Maryland, contributed $5 million; he'd previously given $3 million to a group backing Mike Huckabee. And insurance executive Hank Greenberg, who'd previously donated $10 million to a group backing Bush, gave Conservative Solutions $5 million.

A separate group of conservative donors, fittingly called "Our Principles," reportedly dedicated millions of dollars to taking down Donald Trump. Three billionaires donated more than more than 80 percent of the group's total funds last month, with the family that owns the Chicago Cubs contributing $2 million, a New York hedge-fund owner giving $1 million, and an Arkansas investment banker giving another $1 million. So far the group has spent $16 million against Trump. In other words, they've flushed $16 million down the drain.

On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders outraised Hillary Clinton for the second month in a row, raking in $43.5 million to her $30.1 million, the Washington Postreports. But the Vermont senator also outspent his rival by a wide margin. He doled out $40.9 million in February in an attempt to catch up to her delegate lead, leaving him with $17.2 million in the bank at the beginning of March. (Clinton reportedly spent $34.3 million and was left with $30.8 million.)

Sanders also has twice the number of individual donors as Clinton -- since the beginning of his campaign, 2 million people have donated $141 million to his campaign, whereas Clinton reached her 1 millionth donor this month. Whether Sanders's huge number of backers will be enough to snag him the nomination remains to be seen.

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