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NEW TO THIS EDITION: • Provides an overview of Donald Trump’s campaign to help students understand the context and factors that led to him winning the election. • Thorough analysis of the role that media and money played in the elections provides a framework for understanding election results. •Provides insights into Congressional elections, their outcomes, and impact. KEY FEATURES: • On an incredibly fast production cycle, this volume publishes just 5 months after the election, bringing needed insight and analysis of the 2016 elections. • Tables, figures, and maps effectively display data and data analysis.

Campaign Finance: Where Big Money Mattered and Where It Didn’t
6 Campaign finance: Where big money mattered and where it didn’t
Marian Currinder

Speaking at the March 10, 2016, Republican presidential primary debate, Donald Trump sought to distinguish himself from the competition by claiming that he could not be bought: “I’m self-funding my campaign. Nobody is going to be taking care of me. I don’t want anybody’s money.”1 Trump’s independence from big donors was a central message of his campaign, at least during the primaries. It was a staple of his stump speeches and a major selling point for many of his supporters.

Upon securing his party’s nomination, Trump changed his tune. He personally invested about $56 million into his campaign, but he also received help from ...

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