Top 10 PACs advocating for Donald Trump's 2016 U.S. presidential campaign

This statistic shows the top ten PACs advocating for Donald Trump's campaign in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. As of August 2016, over 7.8 million U.S. dollars was spent by the Great America PAC to advocate for Donald Trump's campaign.

Political Action Committees

Political Action Committees (PACs) is the term used for entities organized for the purpose of raising and spending money to influence the election of a political candidate. Any organization that accepts or spends more than 2,600 U.S. dollars in order to influence a federal election is considered to be a PAC and must register as such.

Super PACs were born as a result of the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission Supreme Court decision which overturned provisions in the McCain-Feingold Act. This allowed unions and corporations to be able to make indirect contributions to support or oppose political campaigns.

Both PACs must list their donors publicly. Regular PACs can contribute up to 5,000 U.S. dollars to a candidate’s campaign, while super PACs are able to raise and spend unlimited amounts of money as long as they don’t directly contribute to a candidate’s campaign. They may advocate for or against a candidate independently.

Of the remaining candidates for the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Hillary Clinton has been, by far, the largest beneficiary of independent fundraising, with more than 84 million being raised to support her candidacy. The top donor to PACs supporting her is Soros Fund Management. The top super PAC supporting Clinton’s campaign is Priorities Action USA, which has spent over 5 million U.S. dollars advocating for the candidate. In contrast, of PACs targeting Donald Trump’s campaign, far more money has been spent opposing his candidacy than supporting it.

Top ten PACs advocating for Donald Trump's 2016 U.S. presidential campaign as of August, 2016

Amount spent in U.S. dollars
Great America PAC7,832,971
Rebuilding America Now2,750,641
National Rifle Assn994,239
Citizens United Super PAC161,622
Patriots for Trump122,463
Our Voice Matters76,300
Future In America58,000
TrumPAC48,620
Victory 201633,000
Restore American Freedom & Liberty30,000
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Source

Release date

August 2016

Region

United States

Survey time period

2016 election cycle

Supplementary notes

Political action committees (PACs) are organizations that pool campaign contributions from members in order to support or oppose the election of a political candidate.
Super PACs may raise unlimited amounts of money and spend unlimited amounts of money to advocate for or against politicians. They must report their donors and they are not allowed to contribute directly to the campaigns of political candidates.
Hybrid PACs are able to accept money and contribute directly to candidate campaigns under the same guidelines as regular PACs as well as enjoying the benefits of super PACs as long as the funds between the two PAC structures are not mixed.

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