Compare presidential candidate fundraising

Presidential candidates have raised $186 million up to now, according to the Federal Election Commission. The New York Times lets you compare the amounts raised by each candidate, over time and space. Simply select a candidate on the left, and another on the right to see how they match up. Fundraising by candidates from previous elections, at the same time of year, are also included for context.

While not the focus of the interactive, the distributions for donation size at the bottom seem to be especially telling.

[New York Times via infosthetics]

4 Comments

  • I assume the circles are proportional in area, not radius?

  • *sigh* imagine the worthwhile and useful things you could do for the US with that amount of money. And then the real big campaign spending hasn’t even started …

    • Interesting observation. Also consider what could be done for the US – without government involvement – with the $465 billion American spent between Thanksgiving and New Years during what advertisers and some journalist now refer to as the “shopping season.” Stats indicate that in just the 4 days following Thanksgiving, “shoppers” (their word not mine) spent somewhere around $52 billion. If Americans simply redirected the money spent during one “shopping season” to address core issues in America, I wonder what we could achieve. Beyond that, what could we do if we took back all of our holidays and cultural events from the marketers?

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