(WASHINGTON) Hillary Clinton spent a massive $18.7 million in her first quarter as a presidential candidate, an enormous sum that is more money than any of her rivals, Democratic or Republican, have even raised.
The spending amounts to roughly $230,000 for every day since she declared her candidacy on April 12, an incredible pace at a time when Clinton was not purchasing expensive television ads. Instead, the funds have gone toward building a national political apparatus helmed by campaign manager Robby Mook.
“We have had the ability to make critical investments in our organization that will put us in position to win the primary and the White House,” Mook said in a statement.
Despite the spending, Clinton still ended the quarter with roughly $28 million in primary cash, according to the campaign and reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. She raised a total of $46.7 million, including $824,000 in general election contributions.
Clinton also released a list of 122 of her bundlers Wednesday that have raised at least $100,000 for her campaign. One name that stands out is Rep. Joaquin Castro, the twin brother of Julian Castro, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development who is often listed as a potential Clinton running mate.
The Clinton campaign said that it had received money from more than 250,000 people, with an average-sized contribution of $144.89. Her campaign said 61 percent of her donors were women and that 94 percent of donors had given $250 or less. Earlier on Wednesday, her chief Democratic rival in the polls, Sen. Bernie Sanders, revealed he had 284,000 contributors who had given an average of $35.
All told, Clinton’s fundraising dwarfs that of Sanders, who reported raising $15.2 million, including $1.5 million he transferred from his Senate committee, and spent roughly $3 million in the second quarter. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has not yet filed his disclosure.
Clinton’s new FEC filing suggests that her campaign’s spending choices this time are informed by her previous run, when she also began as the prohibitive favorite to win the nomination.
In that first run eight years ago, Clinton found herself nearly out of cash by the time of the Iowa caucuses, despite having raised $100 million and having started her ground operation relatively late, compared to rivals Barack Obama and John Edwards.
In the second quarter of 2007, Clinton spent a total of $2.5 million on salaries and $1.1 million on travel and $237,000 on polling.
In 2015, she has spent $3.8 million on salaries, plus another $391,000 on “organizing services,” while keeping travel costs to $465,000. The amount spent on polling, meanwhile, nearly quadrupled, to $905,000.