(USA Features) Federal election records show that in sum, 2020 Democratic presidential contenders whose campaigns failed to secure the party’s nomination spent more than $1 billion in the effort.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who dropped out of the race Wednesday after failing to secure more than a handful of delegates, spent some $600 million of his own money on his effort, by far the candidate with the highest amount, according to OpenSecrets.org, which tracks election expenses.
The expenditures for the 20-plus candidates do not include those who spent $1 million or less on their effort. The amount also does not include recent expenditures by candidates in a last-minute push of ad buys and other costs ahead of the Super Tuesday races.
Those final expenditures have not yet been turned into the Federal Election Commission.
Here is a breakdown of the leading candidates:
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg: $600 million
Billionaire Tom Steyer: $252 million
Former Mayor Pete Buttigieg: $75 million
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) $38.64 million
Andrew Yang over $34 million
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) $30 million.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ): $22.9 million
Former Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-TX): $17.14 million
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY): $14 million
Former Rep. John Delaney (D-MD): $13 million
Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro $9 million
Author Marianne Williamson $7.7 million
Sen. Michael Bennett (D-CO) $6.8 million
Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA) $6.15 million
Gov. Steve Bullock (D-MT) $5 million
Former Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) $3.3 million
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) $2.55 million
Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) $2.16 million
Former Gov. Deval Patrick (D-MA): 1.79 million
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) $1.1 million
New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio: $1.38 million