The 2016 presidential contenders and their big-money backers
Eighteen White House hopefuls have ties to super PACs or other groups that can raise unlimited donations from individuals and corporations. GOP candidate Donald Trump and Democratic contenders Bernie Sanders and Jim Webb have said they do not want a super PAC to support their bids. Story: Super PACs throw lifelines to candidates scrambling for cash
Bush allies run a super PAC and nonprofit, both called Right to Rise.
Jeb Bush (R), former Florida governor
The super PAC was endorsed by Carson’s exploratory committee.
Ben Carson (R), retired neurosurgeon
The super PACs are run by top Clinton allies.
Hillary Rodham Clinton (D), former secretary of state
The super PAC is run by Phil Cox, who worked under Christie at the Republican Governors Association.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R)
Cruz’s close friend Dathan Voelter is the treasurer for three of the four super PACS that constitute Keep the Promise.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.)
The super PAC is run by Stephen DeMaura, a former Fiorina strategist.
Carly Fiorina (R), former Hewlett-Packard chief executive
The super PAC is run
by former Graham aides.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
The super PAC shares the same treasurer as Huckabee’s leadership PAC.
Mike Huckabee (R), former Arkansas governor
The groups are run by
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R)
The 527 committee, which can accept unlimited funds like a super PAC, was launched by Kasich.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R)
The group was started by a former O’Malley press secretary and longtime supporter.
Martin O’Malley (D), former Maryland governor
The super PACs are run by Paul allies.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
Pataki was the honorary chairman of the group.
George Pataki (R), former New York governor
The super PAC is run by Austin Barbour, brother of longtime Perry adviser Henry Barbour.
Rick Perry (R), former Texas governor
The super PAC is led by J. Warren Tompkins, a former business partner of Rubio campaign manager Terry Sullivan.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
The super PAC is run by a longtime Santorum fundraiser.
Rick Santorum (R), former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania
The super PAC, which has a nonprofit arm, is backed by Trump’s daughter’s in-laws.
Donald Trump (R), businessman
The groups are run
by Walker strategists.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R)
SOURCE: Federal Election Commission, news reports.