Total Cost of Clinton's Losing Campaign: $1.2 Billion

Hillary Clinton
December 9, 2016

A month after the 2016 presidential election ended, the final totals are in for how much each campaign spent.

Hillary Clinton and her allies spent a record high $1.2 billion during the campaign, which resulted in a loss to Donald Trump, who spent approximately $600 million with his allies, the New York Post reported Friday.

In the final weeks of the campaign, from Oct. 20 past the election to Nov. 28, Trump had spent $94.5 million while Clinton spent $131.8 million.

Clinton was left with only $839,000 on hand after the election while Trump still had $7.6 million.

Trump spent $66 million out of his own pocket after saying on the campaign trail he may spend up to $100 million of his own money.

Trump had said that it was unnecessary to spend $1 billion or more to win the election, the Post noted.

Last June, Trump shrugged off skeptics who said he needed to spend $1 billion to have a chance to win.

"There's no reason to raise that," Trump said.

"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."

In 2012, President Obama spent over $700 million while all pro-Obama efforts cost about $1.14 billion. Mitt Romney spent about $450 million while all pro-Romney efforts cost about $1.25 billion.