Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) “raised $43.5 million in February and ended the month with $17.2 million cash on hand” while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) raised $30 million in contributions in February” and “ended the month with $31 million” on hand. (Politico)
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) raised $3.4 million and reported $1.3 million on hand at the end of the month. (Politico)
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) raised $12 million and ended the month with $8 million. (Politico)
Real estate mogul Donald Trump (R) “put $6.9 million more of his personal money into his presidential campaign in February,” bringing the amount “lent or given his campaign nearly $25 million.” He’s also raised an additional “$9.5 million, including $2 million in February.” (Washington Post)
OUTSIDE GROUPS. The pro-Clinton Priorities USA Action “had $44.5 million in the bank at the beginning of March and an additional $49 million in commitments.” (Washington Post)
The anti-Trump Our Principles PAC raised $4.7 million in February. (Wall Street Journal)
“The six major outside groups” backing Cruz “together raised $7.9 million and spent $11.5 million, ending the month with $20 million cash on hand.” (Politico)
The pro- Rubio Conservative Solutions PAC “raised a whopping $25 million last month as the Republican establishment rallied around the Florida senator in the hopes of stopping … Trump. … The PAC … raised some of its biggest checks from major donors who had previously supported other candidates who dropped out.” (Politico)
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