While disclosure is often vague or incomplete, the FEC's expenditures data sheds light on the strategies that campaigns use to turn dollars into votes, the vendors making a fortune on elections, and the groups living large on their donors' money.
Campaigns must report to the FEC the purpose and payee of all disbursements over $200. The Center for Responsive Politics uses this information to classify campaign expenditures into nine major categories: Administrative, Campaign Expenses, Fundraising, Media, Contributions, Strategy & Research, Transfers, Wages & Salaries, and Unclassifiable.
Top Vendors 2020 Cycle
|Rank||Vendor||Amount||From Expenditures||From Independent Expenditures|
|2||Buying Time LLC||$222,332,095||$222,293,120||$38,975|
|3||American Made Media Consultants||$217,106,069||$217,106,069||$0|
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Expenditures 2020 Cycle
|Strategy & Research||$338,729,885||5.42%|
Top Spending Candidate Committees 2020 Cycle
|1||Mike Bloomberg 2020||$1,094,692,821|
|2||Biden for President||$350,384,873|
|3||Tom Steyer 2020||$345,113,300|
|4||Donald J Trump for President||$306,147,156|
|5||Friends of Andrew Yang||$39,398,771|
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NOTE: Numbers on this page are based on expenditures reported by candidates, parties, PACs and outside spending groups for the 2019-2020 election cycle, based on Federal Election Commission data available electronically on Friday, August 21, 2020.
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