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Clinton Raises More Money In Oklahoma Than All GOP Contenders Combined

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking with supporters at a "Get Out the Caucus" rally at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School in West Des Moines, Iowa.
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking with supporters at a "Get Out the Caucus" rally at Valley Southwoods Freshman High School in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign has out-raised the five remaining Republican presidential candidates combined as Oklahoma heads into Tuesday’s primary election, according to data from the Federal Election Commission.

While Clinton has a solid fundraising lead in individual contributions, the ones on the Republican side were spread out among 15 candidates who raised any money; most have dropped out.

Despite his lead in polls in Oklahoma, Republican Donald Trump came in near the bottom of his party’s candidates in total individual contributions. However, he is still considered a favorite to win the primary.

Trump’s lack of fundraising does not mean he’s short on cash. According to the Sunlight Foundation, Trump has loaned his campaign $17.7 million, or nearly 70 percent of his total funding.

Here’s how the remaining Democrats and Republicans stand in terms of individual contributions in Oklahoma from January 2015 through January 2016:

  • Hillary Clinton, D: $664,447
  • Ben Carson, R: $295,485
  • Ted Cruz, R: $231,866
  • Marco Rubio, R: $87,867
  • Bernie Sanders, D: $28,546
  • Donald Trump, R: $15,069
  • John Kasich, R: $13,400

Republican Jeb Bush raised $201,700, the third most among GOP candidates, but his campaign folded after disappointing primary finishes in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
The crowded field also led to Green Party candidate Jill Stein out-raising several Republican campaigns, all of which have folded:

  • Jill Stein, G: $2,000
  • Chris Christie, R: $1,500
  • Jim Webb, D: $500
  • Lincoln Chafee, D: $300
  • Rick Santorum: $250

Interestingly, Oklahomans gave more money to gun-control advocate Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who is seeking re-election in New York state, than they did to eight Republican presidential candidates in Oklahoma.

  • Chuck Schumer, D: $15,400
  • Donald Trump, R: $15,069
  • John Kasich, R: $13,400
  • Mike Huckabee, R: $13,020
  • Bobby Jindal, R: $6,900
  • Lindsey Graham, R: $4,450
  • Jim Gilmore, R: $2,500
  • Chris Christie, R: $1,500
  • Rick Santorum, R: $250

When looking at contributions to political action committees, Right to Rise USA got most of the support from Oklahoma. The committee, which supported Bush, raised nearly $2.4 million.
Supporters gave a total of $3.9 million to various political action committees.

Other committees include:

  • Senate Leadership Fund (supports Republican senators): $750,000
  • American Crossroads (a conservative super PAC): $200,000
  • The 2016 Committee (supports Carson): $126,722
  • John Bolton Super Pac (focused on defense and foreign policy): $103,000

Committees supporting presidential candidates:

  • Right to Rise USA (Jeb Bush): $2.4 million
  • The 2016 Committee (Carson): $126,722
  • Conservative Solutions (Rubio): $90,000
  • Our Children’s Future (Carson): $20,000
  • Conservative, Authentic, Responsive Leadership for You and for America (Carly Fiorina): $7,500
  • Keep the Promise PAC (Cruz): $6,400
  • America’s Liberty PAC (Rand Paul): $5,000
  • Take Back DC Action (Cruz) $2,250
  • Committee to Restore America’s Greatness (Trump): $300
  • Keep the Promise III (Cruz): $250
Oklahoma Watch is a non-profit organization that produces in-depth and investigative journalism on important public-policy issues facing the state. Oklahoma Watch is non-partisan and strives to be balanced, fair, accurate and comprehensive. The reporting project collaborates on occasion with other news outlets. Topics of particular interest include poverty, education, health care, the young and the old, and the disadvantaged.
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