In US Elections, Money Matters!

Tyler Durden's picture

Simply put, in 40 years of US national elections - money talks, and bullshit (along with hope, change, trust, policy, and every other potential differentiator) walks...

As Statista details, so far, Hillary Clinton's campaign has raised substantially more money than Donald Trump's. But has cash ever really made a difference to U.S. election results down through the years? According to figures in Germany's Handelsblatt newspaper (which have since been converted from euro to dollars), all of the election winners in recent years were also budget winners.

Obama raised more money than Romney and McCain in 2012 and 2008, going on to win on both occasions. George W. Bush also took the White House in 2004 and 2000, having raised more money than his competitors on both occasions. The pattern repeated itself with Bill Clinton outmuscling his opponents financially in 1996 and 1992 before winning both elections.

Infographic: U.S. Elections: Money Matters | Statista
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Based on that evidence, is Trump going to buck the trend and become the first “budget loser” to reach the White House since Jimmy Carter in 1976?

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Xatos's picture

This time is different.


Notice though, how there seems to be a natural increase over time and then pow, once 2000 hits it skyrockets on both sides but especially on the dem side. 

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

The good old days when you could buy an election on the cheap.

Terminus C's picture

Inflation... in Technicolor!


Stuck on Zero's picture

Voting machines should be swapped out for vending machines. Put in enuff tokens and out pops a politician.

Aristotle of Greece's picture
Aristotle of Greece (not verified) Stuck on Zero Aug 1, 2016 9:23 PM

There's ONE TYPE of money that's usually better for politicians.

HowdyDoody's picture

Hmmm, money wins every time from "I'm not a crook" Nixon onwards.


One And Only's picture

Look at that inflation.

TradingIsLifeBrah's picture
TradingIsLifeBrah (not verified) Aug 1, 2016 8:12 PM

But but Katy Perry said my vote counts just as much as everyone elses :((

Parrotile's picture

She's right - your vote DOES count as much as anyone else's - theirs count for naught too! 


Seems like everything else in today's "financialised" World - investment counts, and those able to invest the most, get the Politicians they pay for (so, we already know who Mrs President will be, don't we.)

True Blue's picture

The best politicians money can buy!

Seriously, how does a candidate nobody had even heard of before the election have 3/4 of a Billion dollars to spend on his campaign?

Just burn the whole thing down already.

peddling-fiction's picture

"Seriously, how does a candidate nobody had even heard of before the election have 3/4 of a Billion dollars to spend on his campaign?"

Special nW0 grooming.

Parrotile's picture

Yes - interesting that, isn't it. More so when you have a look at his financial backers - and this article's from 2009 . . . . .



Nobodys Home's picture

IT's The Jews I tell ya!!!!!!!!!!!...Ok Grampa, sit down and drink your rusty nail,,,,, Grampa was a pretty smart guy, although the family never knew it.

uhland62's picture

Why not just do away with all the election circus and declare the candidate with the biggest bank account POTUS? Help the war veterans with the funds instead of spending it on circus and prop up the media companies. 

A Lunatic's picture

What an utter fucking disgrace.....

Nobodys Home's picture

Back in the day blogs were free and you had to pay for porn.

Nowadays Porn is free and you have to pay for blogs.

NoPension's picture

Meghan Kelly interviewing an author, who repeated a stat.....20% of the voters are undecided. If you have not decided, whether or not to vote, and who for, BY're a fucking brain dead idiot, who should be prohibited from casting a ballot. ( even though, I admit, the whole fucking shitshow is most likely rigged. )

Nobodys Home's picture

Meghan Kelly is a snooty hot beaaatch. If she didn't have an inverted chest I'd tell my kid to stalk her.

VWAndy's picture

 Ballot stuffing costs big money.

Nobodys Home's picture

What's a pint of md2020 going for these days?

Crash Overide's picture

With the exception of Regan in 1980 the pattern goes back and forth every 2 terms from democrat to republican, it's almost like they plan it that way.

Nobodys Home's picture

Strange how that correlates to certain financial cycles too.

yogibear's picture

Barry, Hillary and the DNC are going to bus the illegals into the country to vote.

sinbad2's picture

Inflation has certainly increased the price of the Presidency.

Nobodys Home's picture

...and through the trickle down theory those damn presidents have made everything else more expensive too!

VWAndy's picture

 Wow were growing a new industry after all. What should we call it?

Nobodys Home's picture



or what it really is: Sog Sog GaGoth....don't read those words out loud!!!!

hooligan2009's picture


but then i had to unfriend some POS on faecesbook

oncemore's picture

It is bullisch and cheap, still below 1bn.

Golden Phoenix's picture

Not 'all'. According to the graphic in 1964 Johnson won with less money.

Ruh roh.

PleasedToMeatYou's picture

Johnson impressed Chicago politicians with his election stealing prowess. 

majormike2010's picture

Trump gets more votes out of 140 characters than Hillary gets out of $140 million.

InnVestuhrr's picture

"In US Elections, Money Matters!"

It sure does - more than 70% of all government spending is now for entitlement programs, ie vote buying - an amount of TRILLIONs USD which makes ALL the campaign contributions MICROSCOPIC & IRRELEVANT.

If socialist parasite politicians, eg obama, sanders, clinton, et al, acting thru the apparatus of government did not have the power to confiscate earnings & incur debt to fund freebie vote-buying programs for the over-bred & over-imported proletariat masses, then they would have no campaign promises with which to bribe the growing horde of parasites to vote for them.

YES, money IS DECISIVE in elections.