2012 Presidential Campaign Finance Explorer
The 2012 presidential election is on track to be the most expensive in history. Use this graphic to see where the money is coming from — and where it’s going. Updated: Dec. 7, 2012.
Individuals may give national parties up to $30,800 each calendar year.
Individuals may give candidates up to $2,500 per election (primary or general).
* and companies under his or her control
Notes: Receipts for parties, campaigns and super PACs will not equal the totals in the graph above because some money raised by the candidates' joint fundraising committees has not been transfered into campaign and party accounts. Some funds are also raised for state parties which are not included here. In the 'Top super PAC contributors' section above, Republican figures include the American Crossroads and Restore Our Future super PACs. Democratic figures include Priorities USA Action and American Bridge 21st Century.
SOURCE: Federal Election Commission, candidate campaigns, media reports. GRAPHIC: Jason Bartz, T.W. Farnam, Sisi Wei and Karen Yourish - The Washington Post. Published Sept. 25, 2012.
Organizations accounting for Obama's total raised and spent funds are: Obama for America, Obama Victory Fund, DNC, Priorities USA, American Bridge 21st Century and Swing State Victory Fund. Organizations accounting for Romney's totals raised and spent funds are: Romney for President, Romney Victory, RNC, Restore Our Future, American Crossroads and Citizens for a Working America.
Please email us us with questions or suggestions. New data is pulled as soon as the FEC releases it on the 20th of every month. Our final update for this tracker was made on Oct. 21, 2012.
An earlier version of this graphic incorrectly included donations to Winning Our Future, a super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich, in the donation totals of individual super PAC donors. Those donations have been subtracted from each donor's contribution amount. Summary totals were not affected, as those totals were not counting any contributions to Winning Our Future.