Below is a tally of the money raised and spent through September by the presidential candidates, the national party committees and the primary “super PACs” whose sole purpose is to support a candidate. Contribution and spending totals do not include money raised or held by each candidate’s “victory fund,” a joint fund-raising committee that will distribute funds to the campaigns and party committees. In addition to these committees, nonprofit groups that do not have to file with the Federal Election Commission and other super PACs have spent at least $65 million more on television advertising, almost all of it against President Obama or in support of Mitt Romney.
Cash on hand
As of Nov. 26
Primary super PAC
Size of donations
Size of donations
James H. Simons
President of Euclidean Capital and Board Chair of Renaissance Technologies Corp., a hedge fund company.
An Obama bundler and Chicago media mogul.
Texas trial lawyer.
Chief executive of Dreamworks Animation.
United Association of Journeymen & Apprentices of the Pipe Fitting Industry
Billionaire casino owner and Newt Gingrich’s longtime friend and patron.
Physician; wife of Sheldon Adelson.
Bob J. Perry
Houston homebuilder who was a major financier of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth in 2004.
Chief executive of software giant Oracle Corp.
Oxbow Carbon LLC
An oil and gas company based in West Palm Beach, Fla. It was founded by William Koch, the brother of David H. and Charles Koch, wealthy conservative businessmen and founders of Americans for Prosperity.
* The amount raised by each committee represents total contributions and transfers from affiliated committees, but excludes non-contributions such as interest and offsets to expenditures. Combined cash on hand totals include cash held by joint fund-raising committees that transfer money to the candidates and party committees. Both campaigns' joint fund-raising committees also spent money ($203 million by Romney Victory and $148 million by Obama Victory Fund 2012) on the election that is not included here.
Source: Federal Election Commission
By JEREMY ASHKENAS, MATTHEW ERICSON, ALICIA PARLAPIANO and DEREK WILLIS