If you’re reading this post, you probably know many of the candidates for United States President. There’s Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Bernie Sanders, Chris Christie, Lincoln Chafee, Bobby Jindal, Martin O’Malley– and of course, Donald Trump. But do you know the other 668 candidates vying for what is arguably the most powerful position in the world? In this post we’ll introduce you to some of 676 candidates who registered with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to run for United States president, including “Butt Stuff“, “Darth Vader“, “Deez Nuts“, and “AAAAAA, AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA“. The monetary data in this article only includes money the candidates raised, meaning PAC money (Super and other) is not included.
Candidate breakdown by party1
174 (25.7%) candidates are running under the independent party; 147 (21.7%) under the Republican party; 115 (17.0%) Democratic; 14 (2.07%) unaffiliated; and 2 (0.296%) Communist, among other parties. All told, 33 parties are represented by all 676 candidates.
The FEC also provides data on each candidate’s “status”. A candidate is considered a statutory candidate if they’ve raised or spent $5,000 or more. 615 candidates are not statutory candidates, while 60 are (one candidate, Howard Mildred, does not have a status listed). Of the statutory candidates, here is the party breakdown:2
We see a fairly large change, as many of the smaller parties are removed. Almost half (29, or 48.3%) of statutory candidates are running under the Republican party, followed by 11 Democratic candidates (18.3%) and 6 independents (10%). While I don’t want to say that a candidate is only a “serious” candidate if they’ve raised money, this shows how dominant the two major political parties (Republican and Democrat) are– few of the smaller political parties raised $5,000.
And the political party breakdown of candidates who raised $100,000 or more:3
20 Republican Party candidates raised ≥$100,000, compared to 8 Democratic candidates, followed by Jill Stein from the Green Party, and Jim Webb, whose political party is listed as unknown (although he sought the Democratic Party nomination).
And here is the same data, but only with candidates who raised more than $0:
And on a logarithmic scale:
To give you an idea of how much money the “major candidates” are spending, here is a pie chart. Since Clinton has 25.1% on the pie chart, that means she’s raised 25.1% of all money raised by every candidate combined.
Here are various facts:5
- The total amount of money raised by all candidates combined is $743,035,255.90
- On average, a candidate raised $1,099,164.58 (mean)
- If you’re only counting candidates who raised more than $0, the average candidate raised $7,505,406.63
- The median amount raised (for candidates who raised >$0) was $10,061.00 (Ajay Sood is the candidate who raised this much).
Here are some of the more… interesting candidates:
|Deez Nuts||Deez Nuts for President 2016|
|Butt Stuff||Butt Stuff 2016|
|DJ ULTRAPERVERT||DJ ULTRAPERVERT for President 2016|
|Doge Wow||Wow Such President Will Do Stuff, Doge 2016|
|KC Matzo Balls||Misfits of Absence Kognitive Creations|
|Anakin Skywalker||The Force|
|Darth Vader||The Council|
|Dwight Kurt Schrute||Dwight Schrute for President 2016|
|King Prescott Satan||Sin|
|Mr. Mmmm Dat Ass||Mmm Dat Ass Election Committee|
|Jesus Christ||MATTHEW MARTOWSKA FOR PRESIDENT|
|Osama Bin Liftin||Bin Liftin For President|
|Lieutenant Luther T. The Merciless Warlord Stock RIDICULOUS||LUTHER T. THE MERCILESS WARLORD STOCK CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE|
|God For President||God||Requested information change with handwritten note|
|Goddamn Mr Johnny Roosevelt||The Bull Moose Party Rises|