Md. ranks 6th in presidential race donations; Hillary gets the most

Md. ranks 6th in presidential race donations; Hillary gets the most

The White House by Tom Lohdan on Flickr with Creative Commons License

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Maryland ranks sixth in the country for its overall contributions to presidential campaigns, outranking many much larger states, including nearby New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia, according to an analysis by Maplight, a nonpartisan research organization that examines money in politics.

Based on candidate reports filed July 15, Marylanders contributed $2.7 million this year to candidates of all parties. According to the Maplight analysis, more than half the Maryland contributions, $1.4 million, went to Hillary Clinton, and another $882,000 went to former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush was by far the most popular Republican with $180,000; Maryland neurosurgeon Ban Carson got just $14,200.


Ben Carson $14,200.00
Bernie Sanders $68,846.93
Bobby Jindal $3,150.00
Carly Fiorina $5,950.00
Donald Trump $500.00
George Pataki $2,000.00
Hillary Clinton $1,421,175.59
Jeb Bush $180,900.00
Lindsey Graham $10,700.00
Marco Rubio $78,703.00
Martin O’Malley $882,060.08
Mike Huckabee $2,214.50
Rand Paul $20,747.25
Rick Santorum $6,950.00
Ted Cruz $22,350.00

Only residents of the much larger states of California, New York, Florida and Texas, along with the highly politicized District of Columbia, contributed more to campaigns than Maryland.

Presidential contributions by stateIn releasing the numbers, Maplight said, “The total cost of the 2016 presidential election is expected to reach an unprecedented $5 billion, with outside groups, like single-candidate super PACs, accounting for an increasingly larger portion of expenditures.”

Filings for outside groups are due to the Federal Election Commission on July 31.

About The Author

Len Lazarick

Len Lazarick was the founding editor and publisher of and is currently the president of its nonprofit corporation and chairman of its board He was formerly the State House bureau chief of the daily Baltimore Examiner from its start in April 2006 to its demise in February 2009. He was a copy editor on the national desk of the Washington Post for eight years before that, and has spent decades covering Maryland politics and government.

1 Comment

  1. Edward Jones

    gee..Here I thought Washington DC had such a poverty problem?? Well I suppose the pay of the official bribers(lobbyists) of the corrupt(politicos) is very high. But then the bribers probably just redirect money from their corporate,union, special interest bosses. Well America will get the best candidate money can buy!

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