Campaign Financing Capture Index

The Campaign Financing Capture Index measures the concentration of campaign funding in the 2016 US presidential election.

Published quarterly, the index tracks contributions made by individuals to a candidate’s campaign funds, as well as contributions made to PACs and Super PACs that support each candidate. It ranks the concentration of funding for each candidate with an eye toward predicting how political donations could influence policy decisions under a new president, and when and how big-money political donations shift during the course of the campaign. indexes-comparison-contributions

October 5, 2016: Donald Trump Keeps Losing Affection from Big Donors, While Clinton Maintains It

The Campaign Financing Capture Index measures the concentration of campaign funding in the 2016 US presidential election.

As of August 31, 31.5 percent of Hillary Clinton’s contributions come from donors who contributed more than $100,000. Over the last three indices calculated by the Stigler Center since June, there has been a reduction in the fraction of funds raised in support of Trump from large donors.

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September 20, 2016: 37.8 Percent of Clinton’s Donations Come From the Top 0.1 Percent of Her Donors

The Campaign Financing Capture Index measures the concentration of campaign funding in the 2016 US presidential election.

30.7 percent of Clinton’s contributions came from donors who contributed more than $100,000. Clinton’s main super PAC raised $8.08 million in July–nearly all of it from donors who gave more than $100,000. A distribution analysis of the candidates’ donor pools shows that the top 0.1 percent of Clinton’s donors account for nearly 38 percent of her total campaign contributions.

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August 17, 2016: Donald Trump Significantly Increases Fundraising from Big Donors

24.2 percent of Trump’s campaign contributions came from donors who gave $100,000 or more, as of late June. In May, large donors accounted for only 1.7 percent of the contributions received by the Trump campaign

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June 27, 2016: A Third of Hillary Clinton’s Fundraising Comes from Big Donors

The presumptive Democratic nominee has raised 30.5 percent of her campaign contributions from donors who gave more than $100,000. Donald Trump, on the other hand, got 3.8 percent percent of his contributions from large donors.  

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May 26, 2016: Out of the Remaining Presidential Candidates, Clinton Relies Most on Big Donors

The presumptive Democratic nominee has raised 30.5 percent of her campaign contributions from donors who gave more than $100,000. Donald Trump, on the other hand, got 3.8 percent percent of his contributions from large donors.  

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May 2, 2016: Historical Comparison Shows the Extent of Growth in Political Contributions from Big

More than a third of total contributions raised by presidential candidates from both parties in the 2016 race come from donors who gave more than $5,000. At this point in the 2008 race, presidential candidates raised only $3.1 million from big donors.  

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April 29, 2016: Record Concentration of Political Donors

41.3 percent of the money raised by the Cruz campaign and by PACs and Super PACs backing his candidacy came from donors who gave more than $100,000.

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March 22, 2016: Candidates on Fundraising Spree Attract Millions from Big Donors

With Marco Rubio out of the race, Ted Cruz is now the candidate with the largest fraction of political contributions over $5,000. Before dropping out, Rubio received 52 percent of his funds from donors contributing over $100,000.

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March 9, 2016: Stigler Center Survey Reveals: Majority of Americans Concerned About the Influence of Campaign Donors on Candidates

The Campaign Financing Capture Index measures the concentration of campaign funding in the 2016 US presidential election.

Survey: 57 percent of Americans believe candidates who take money from big businesses, unions and special interest groups are under their control.

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March 7, 2016: Campaign Financing Capture Index

The Campaign Financing Capture Index measures the concentration of campaign funding in the 2016 US presidential election.

The first part of the new project by the Stigler Center on the influence of money on politics: of the remaining presidential candidates, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz rank highest on the Capture Index

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