Bil­lion­aire can­di­date pro­duces more with less

Clin­ton spent twice as much as Trump and lost White House bid.

The Washington Times Daily - - FRONT PAGE - BY VALERIE RICHARD­SON

He may be a bil­lion­aire, but Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump showed dur­ing the pres­i­den­tial race that he knows how to stretch a buck.

The Repub­li­can can­di­date and his back­ers spent only half the amount that Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hil­lary Clin­ton and her sup­port­ers on the way to his Nov. 8 vic­tory, ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports on cam­paign spend­ing re­leased Fri­day.

The Clin­ton cam­paign, Demo­cratic Party and pro-Clin­ton ex­pen­di­ture com­mit­tees and PACs spent a record $1.2 bil­lion, twice as much as the $600 mil­lion laid out by the Trump camp, Repub­li­cans and pro-Trump groups.

The lat­est Fed­eral Elec­tion Com­mis­sion fig­ures back Mr. Trump’s as­ser­tion six months ago that there was no need for him to amass at least $1 bil­lion to run a suc­cess­ful race against the for­mer sec­re­tary of state, given the for­mer re­al­ity-tele­vi­sion star’s abil­ity to draw free me­dia.

“There’s no rea­son to raise that,” Mr. Trump told Bloomberg in June. “I just don’t think I need nearly as much money as other peo­ple need be­cause I get so much pub­lic­ity. I get so many in­vi­ta­tions to be on tele­vi­sion. I get so many in­ter­views, if I want them.”

Mr. Trump es­ti­mated at one point that he would need to spend $100 mil­lion of his own money, but wound up con­tribut­ing $66 mil­lion, about a third less than an­tic­i­pated.

While both cam­paigns went on a spend­ing spree in the fi­nal stretch, Mrs. Clin­ton was left with only $839,000 on hand by the end of the elec­tion, while Mr. Trump still had $7.6 mil­lion.

Mrs. Clin­ton wound up blow­ing past the spend­ing record set in 2012 by Pres­i­dent Obama, whose cam­paign and Demo­crat com­mit­tees spent $1.12 bil­lion, slightly more than the $1.02 bil­lion spent by Repub­li­can Mitt Rom­ney and GOP groups in that race.

The Trump cam­paign com­mit­tee alone spent $328.4 mil­lion through late Novem­ber as op­posed to $563.9 mil­lion by the Clin­ton camp, ac­cord­ing to the FEC.

In other words, Mr. Trump’s 306 elec­toral votes cost about $1.05 mil­lion a piece, while each of Mrs. Clin­ton’s 232 elec­toral votes cost $2.43 mil­lion, an NBC News anal­y­sis found.

Repub­li­can can­di­dates for fed­eral of­fice in gen­eral got more bang for their buck than did Democrats. Repub­li­cans spent $633.1 mil­lion to the Democrats’ $799.5 mil­lion.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Hil­lary Clin­ton and her sup­port­ers spend twice as much as Don­ald Trump on the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, and she still lost her White House bid.

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