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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Hillary Calls FBI LIARS, says NO CLASSIFIED info in emails

 S.A. Miller

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton still insisted Sunday that she never sent classified material on her private account when she was secretary of state, contradicting claims by FBI Director James B. Comey.
“I was communicating with over 300 people in my emails. They certainly did not believe and had no reason to believe what they were sending was classified,” Mrs. Clinton said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“I take classification seriously,” she said, repeating that she had made a mistake in using a private email account.
She also said that “some people” might blame State Department professionals for the mistakes made handling classified information, but she said she refused to second-guess her underlings.
“I relied on and had every reason to relied on the judgment of the professionals with whom I worked,” she said. “So in retrospect, maybe some people are saying, ‘Well, among those 300 people they made the wrong call.’ At the time there was no reason in my view to doubt the professionalism and the determination by people who work every single day on behalf of our country.”
Last month, Mr. Comey said that 110 of her emails contained information that was classified at the time she sent or received them, and a small number of them included markings that identified them as classified.
He also announced that he would not recommend pursuing criminal charges againstMrs. Clinton. But he said that she and her staff were “extremely careless” in using a personal email account hosted by a secret server in her home and that it jeopardized classified information.
Mrs. Clinton maintained that the material was “retroactively” classified, a claim she has made since it was first revealed that some of the material was classified.
She stressed that she fully cooperated with the FBI investigation, including when she was interviewed over the July 4 weekend just prior to Mr. Comey’s announcement.
“Director Comey said my answers were truthful and consistent with what I have told the American people,” she said.


theodore M I R A L D I.

For decades the Democrat Party has been beating the drum for everything not American, and not Traditional. They have been on a quest to gain total control over our Institutions and our Beliefs.
Using the guise of Individual Rights and our own Constitution, they create false narratives to change the minds of our young and turn voters into mindless drones. Socialism in the making.

Don't let their convention fool you again. They hate the Military, Law and Order and the God given rights of citizens to determine their own destiny and course in life.

Everything this administration has done has weakened  the nation. And it only took 10 Trillion Dollars to do it. They have created no jobs, educated few children, or kept our families safe from Terrorists, or those entering our nation Illegally.

Not only have they weakened our Federal Government, the democrats have nearly destroyed the unity that is necessary to build healthy communities on main street as well. The perfect example of their policies and party is Ferguson.

Ferguson is what the Democrats want the rest of the nation to look like. The Democrats will continue to destabilized cities and towns through poverty and civil disobedience. Creating chaos whenever and where-ever they can to gain control through minorities, lawlessness and corruption.

Just take a look at their policies regarding Illegal Immigration, Sanctuary Cites and Refugees. Since when does an Illegal have rights, and the voice of American Citizens mean nothing.

What rational policy dictates that we allow anyone from anywhere to break our laws and be granted special treatment.

Face the facts, the Democrats have been breeding Corruption in every corner of our nation.

They lecture us on Liberty and take ours away. The lecture us on Human Rights and take money from nations that treat women like chattel. They scold us regarding Women's Rights, yet approve of wholesale abortion. They become sanctimonious regarding minorities when the largest minority in our nation is the unborn child who have been slaughtered by the millions unabated any sound restrictions to protect them.

The once great Democrat party has devolved into a species of human-being that hates God, Country
and the bond between Men and Women. Make no mistake, this is not the first time that a civilization has been jerked into the scrapheap of history.

Political Ideology has become the new religion, the Opiate of the Masses. And the only way this can happen is when the population becomes ignorant and misinformed. In being so, they give up the ability to make their own decisions for themselves and their families. 

The Media has now become the Propaganda Arm of the Democrat Party, they were meant to be the protective arm of the people. 

Are we so far gone that we now elect criminals and ethically challenged individuals to show our children their future?

Megyn has MELTDOWN over Muslim Ban — Is REBUKED By Huckabee

On Friday’s Fox News Channel broadcast of “The Kelly File,” host Megyn Kelly confronted former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) about GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s proposed temporary ban of Muslim refugees.
According to Kelly, had Trump’s temporary ban been in effect when the family of fallen U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan tried to enter the United States, the country would have been denied an American hero. Friday Breitbart Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon wrote about Megyn Kelly’s ascent at Fox News comparing her to Eve Harrington in the 1950 classic film, “All about Eve.”
Huckabee disagreed with Kelly, arguing that Trump’s temporary ban “is to make sure people are vetted” because he wants to ensure that whoever immigrates wants “to assimilate and be Americans.”
Partial transcript as follows:
HUCKABEE: But the one thing that always has to be put into perspective is that Donald Trump has not said that this young man would not have been allowed into the country because this family came to America because they wanted to come and be Americans. And his son proved how much he wanted to be by the sacrifice that he made. But Donald Trump doesn’t want to make sure that every Muslim never comes to America. But he does want to make sure that when people come, whoever they are, not just Muslims but whoever they are, if they emigrate to this country, they emigrate because they want to assimilate and be Americans. This young man —
KELLY: That is not at all what he has proposed. That is not at all what he has proposed, Governor. He proposed a Muslim which only now has he changed which he said, he didn’t walk it back. He says he’s expanded his ban on Muslims to include Muslims from any territory that suffers terrorism. And the UAE where this little boy, at two years old, came from would be included. His parents are from Pakistan. That would be included. And so that’s the dad’s point, that his son, an American hero, would not have been here if Donald Trump had been president when they wanted to come.
HUCKABEE: Well, Donald Trump, though, has clarified, Megyn, that his intent is to make sure that people are vetted. It’s not just an outright or a permanent ban, and he even said it would be a temporary suspension of immigration until we knew. Keep in mind that this was in the context of the president, President Obama, wanting to bring hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees to the country.
KELLY: But that’s a different issue. That’s a different issue.
HUCKABEE: No, it’s the same issue.
KELLY: Syrian refugees is a different issue. That’s not the same as Trump’s Muslim ban. No, it isn’t. It’s not at all. Banning all Muslims even temporarily would have scooped up this family had they been looking to come to America under a Donald Trump presidency, and we wouldn’t have had Humayun Khan fighting for us and saving the lives of men on the battlefield in Iraq. That’s his point.
HUCKABEE: I’m not taking anything away from this family, nothing from the father, nothing from the son. But I don’t think it’s accurate, nor is it fair to say that Donald Trump would have stood in the way of a family getting to America who clearly wanted to come, who could be vetted, would be vetted, and found to be wanting to assimilate and become a part of America. And it’s not just Muslims. Look, our immigration, an open-border policy is disastrous for our country. It’s disastrous for any country.

Americans have a legitimate concern about her TRUSTWORTHINESS

EXCLUSIVE: Hillary Clinton acknowledges that Americans have a legitimate concern about her trustworthiness, particularly related to her email scandal and the Benghazi terror attacks, but criticized those who have attempted to undermine her Democratic presidential campaign and make a “caricature” out of her, in an exclusive interview with “Fox News Sunday.”
“I think that it's fair for Americans to have questions,” Clinton said, in an interview taped Saturday. “Every time I run for an office, though, oh my goodness, all of these caricatures come out of nowhere. And people begin to undermine me because when I left office as secretary of state, 66 percent of Americans approved of what I do.”
According to a Gallup poll cited by Poltifact, Hillary Clinton had a favorability rating of 64 percent when she left her role as secretary state in February 2013. Her rating declined following criticism over the deadly attack of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi and her handling of emails while at the State Department.
On the issue of two-thirds of Americans having concerns about her trustworthiness, Clinton repeated what she has often said, “I know that I have work to do.”
In the wide-ranging interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, Clinton said that evidence shows that the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin hacked into Democratic National Committee emails and appeared to time their damaging release to her party’s nomination convention last week.
She stopped short of saying that Putin wants Republican nominee Donald Trump, who has “praised” Putin, to win the White House.
However, Clinton, in her first interview since she accepted the presidential nomination Thursday, said the Putin government appears to have made a “deliberate effort to try to affect the election,” which “raises national security issues.”
On the issue of the Benghazi terror strikes, Clinton denied telling family members of people killed in the Sept. 11, 2012, incident on a U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya, that the attack was sparked by an anti-Islam video and was not terrorism.
She instead suggested the family members misunderstood her because they were overwhelmed by grief.
“I understand the grief and the incredible sense of loss that can motivate that,” Clinton said. “As other members of families who’ve lost loved ones have said, that's not what they heard. I don't hold any ill feeling for someone who, in that moment, may not fully recall everything that was or wasn't said.”
Clinton again said she “made a mistake” by using a private server system to send and receive official emails when she was secretary of state. But she held firm that she did not communicate classified information and appeared to shift the blame onto the roughly 300 people with whom she communicated via email.
“I relied on and had every reason to rely on the judgments of the professionals with whom I worked,” Clinton said. “So in retrospect, maybe some people are saying, ‘Well, those -- among those 300 people -- they made the wrong call.’ At the time, there was no reason, in my view, to doubt the professionalism and the determination by the people who work every single day on behalf of our country.”
She also disagreed with the assertion that FBI Director James Comey, at the conclusion earlier this summer of the agency’s investigation into the matter, said she misled the public when she said she never transmitted classified information.
“That's not what I heard Director Comey say,” Clinton said.  “Comey said that my answers were truthful and what I've said is consistent with what I have told the American people.”
In an appearance earlier this month before the House Oversight and Government Reform panel, FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers, “there was classified material emailed,” in response to questions about Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.
Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., asked the FBI director: “Secretary Clinton said there was nothing marked classified on her e-mails, either sent or received. Was that true?”
“That’s not true,” Comey replied.
In a press briefing prior to his House testimony, Comey said, “Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”
In the "Fox News Sunday" interview, Clinton, who is in a close race with Trump for the White House, also said that she would not attempt to overturn the Supreme Court’s ruling on Second Amendment rights, instead urging Congress to enact tighter gun-control measures.

Why ‘WHITE TRASH’ Americans are flocking to Trump

Kyle Smith
When J.D. Vance was a boy, his beloved grandmother “Mamaw” told her boozer husband that if he ever came home drunk again, she’d kill him. When he did, and passed out on the couch, she got a gasoline can, poured fuel all over him and dropped a lit match on his chest. He survived with mild burns, and later quit drinking.
One time when J.D.’s mom took exception to something the boy said in the car, she hit the accelerator and sped up to 100 miles per hour, screaming that she was going to kill them both. When he jumped in the backseat hoping to protect himself from the impact, he recalls, she instead pulled the car over “to beat the s- -t out of me.” The evening concluded with Mom being hauled away in a police car.
One of J.D.’s stepdads, Bob, though kindhearted, had a bad case of “Mountain Dew mouth.” Half his teeth had fallen out, the other half were black, brown and misshapen.

J.D. and his people are called rednecks, white trash, hillbillies. But Vance made it out of the holler, way out. The Marines led him to Ohio State, then Yale Law School and finally a job as a principal at a Silicon Valley investment firm. Looking back on his youth, and all he fled, yields a frank, unsentimental, harrowing memoir, “Hillbilly Elegy.” It’s a superb book given an extra layer of importance by its political reverberations: When Vance returns home these days, he sees yard after yard festooned with Trump signs.
Nancy Pelosi says blue-collar white men vote “against their own economic interests” because of guns, gays and God, “God being the woman’s right to choose.” The Washington Post noted that this group does care about gun rights more than the average voter but it’s a myth that their views on gays and God differ much from everyone else’s, and Pelosi’s regal dismissal of the bitter clingers is not only too reductive, it’s an attitude that drives voters away from the Democratic Party.
Though “Hillbilly Elegy” is about people, not politics, it is an eye-opening field guide to an unruly and hard-to-understand group, many of them born and bred Democrats, who could cost Hillary Clinton what looked like an easy election win. White voters without a college degree have favored Republicans for some time — they voted for Mitt Romney by 18 points in 2012 — but they love Donald Trump. In an average of six polls this month, he is beating Clinton by a margin of 58 to 30 among these voters. The massive swing of white working-class voters, who made up 44 percent of the electorate in 2012, could more than cancel out her strengths among minorities and the college-educated.
Vance paints a picture of a world exactly like the one Trump described in his acceptance speech 10 days ago. He grew up in Jackson, Ky., and nearby Middletown, Ohio, a once-prosperous industrial town where everyone seemed to work for the steel company Armco. Back in the 1960s, the company would actively recruit new workers from the hills of eastern Kentucky, taking care to preserve families by encouraging relatives to move in also. “For my grandparents,” Vance writes, “Armco was an economic savior — the engine that brought them from the hills of Kentucky to America’s middle class.” Vance’s Papaw would proudly stop by car dealerships to explain to J.D. that this or that car was built with Armco steel. He retired with a generous pension.
It is an eye-opening field guide to an unruly and hard-to-understand group, many of them born and bred Democrats.
After a 1989 merger with Kawasaki, the company became AK Steel. It still exists, but many factory jobs in Middletown disappeared. Real-estate prices collapsed. Those who could afford to cut their losses left town; others were trapped in houses they couldn’t sell because they were worth less than what was owed on the mortgages. Downtown, prosperous shops turned into empty storefronts and poverty-exploiting businesses like cash-for-gold shops and payday lenders. Two local malls that were bustling as recently as the early 1990s are now dead, one of them turned into a parking lot. Crime and dread began to infect the night. “A street that was once the pride of Middletown today serves as a meeting spot for druggies and dealers,” Vance says.
Vance shuttled between the care of Mamaw and his mother, who burned through men and drugs. Once she was fired from her nursing job for rollerskating through the hospital, high on prescription meds she had stolen from the pharmacy. In a moment of panic, she once asked her son for a urine sample so she could pass a surprise whiz quiz as a condition of her job. He complied, feeling shamed and dirtied.

Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Dallas.Photo: Getty Images
There are decaying post-industrial Middletowns all over the map. In 1970, Vance notes, 25 percent of white children lived in neighborhoods with poverty rates above 10 percent. By 2000 the figure had risen to 40 percent, and Vance believes it is higher today. The life expectancy for Vance’s people is declining.
Trump’s promises to stand up to the Chinese are resonating, as is his message that “the system is rigged” against a proud group of Americans, Americans who built the postwar glory but now feel they’re being ignored or outright mocked. White trash is the one ethnic group it is still OK to make fun of.
“Humans appear to have some need to look down on someone; there’s just a basic tribalistic impulse in all of us,” Vance recently told The American Conservative. “And if you’re an elite white professional, working-class whites are an easy target: You don’t have to feel guilty for being a racist or a xenophobe. By looking down on the hillbilly, you can get that high of self-righteousness and superiority without violating any of the moral norms of your own tribe.”
Mapping the politics of Vance’s clannish, resentful neighbors is challenging, even exasperating. Hillbillies pride themselves on distinguishing the deserving poor from the lazy moochers, but Vance points out that it’s a fuzzy line. His grandmother would lash out at the government for doing too much, then for doing too little. She’d ask why society could afford aircraft carriers but not enough drug-rehab centers. She’d complain that the rich weren’t paying their fair share. But she and J.D. would be just as angry at people who paid for T-bone steaks with food stamps and hated the idea of the government using Section 8 housing vouchers so that poor people could move in next door — poor people “like us,” Vance says. She’d say people wouldn’t have so many problems if they were forced to work for their benefit checks.
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Supporters of Republican President candidate Donald Trump cheer during an address to supporters.Photo: Getty Images

“I initially assumed that Mamaw was an unreformed simpleton,” says Vance, “and that as soon as she opened her mouth about policy or politics, I might as well close my own ears. Yet I quickly realized that in Mamaw’s contradictions lay great wisdom.”

Calling it wisdom seems like a stretch, but there does seem to be some continuity to the howl of desperation that echoes so chillingly through Vance’s book.
Manufacturing shed 5 million jobs after 2000, giving way to welfare, drugs and despondency. The number of Americans receiving welfare of one kind or another exploded from 42 million (or 18.8 percent of Americans) in 1983 to 109 million (or 35 percent) in 2012. As America added 83 million citizens, then, it added 67 million welfare recipients — during a period of massive wealth creation. (Per-capita income rose from about $30,000 in 1983 to over $52,000 in 2012.)
Hillbillies pride themselves on distinguishing the deserving poor from the lazy moochers, but Vance points out that it’s a fuzzy line.
The factory closings on the one hand and the welfare checks on the other created lots of idle people. And what do they do with all that spare time? Drugs. Government checks are easily laundered (In Appalachia a favorite trick is to buy cases of soda with food stamps and re-sell them for cash).
Some Americans may unreservedly cheer the explosion in government largesse — aren’t we helping people more than ever before, and also doesn’t it create lots of solid middle-class jobs for administrators in the federal bureaucracy?
But Appalachians evidently have mixed feelings about it, sensing their growing dependency. They do want to turn back the clock, but not because they’re racist or afraid of modernity. They want to go back to having good-paying jobs. They want to go back to being proud of themselves and the things they produced. For years, they’ve essentially been told to sign up for welfare and shut up.
Vance said he noticed as a child that his peers seemed to fall into two groups: “My grandparents embodied one type: old-fashioned, quietly faithful, self-reliant, hardworking. My mother and, increasingly, the entire neighborhood embodied another: consumerist, isolated, angry, distrustful.”

Author J.D. Vance
What might the government do differently? Vance notes that hillbillies love to complain, a la Trump, that the system is holding them back. “Never be like those f—ing losers who think the deck is stacked against them,” Mamaw used to tell her grandson.
And yet hillbillies create so many varieties of misery for themselves. Vance recalls that in high school a neighbor ran a bath, took some painkillers and passed out. When she awoke the bath had overflowed and ruined the top floor of her house. “This is the reality of our community,” Vance writes, “It’s about a naked druggie destroying what little of value exists in her life. It’s about children who lose their toys and clothes to a mother’s addiction.”
The anger in hillbilly country is understandable. Vance grew up thinking it was perfectly normal for couples to have screaming matches that frequently turned violent. Neighbors would slide open the window to listen when the folks next door started going at it.
Trump’s attacks on the media and political correctness make Vance’s people stand up and cheer. From the Democrats, they draw the same sense of condescension that struck Vance when, at Yale, another student said she couldn’t believe he was in the Marines because he was a nice guy.
In hillbilly country, a code of honor runs so deep that if you casually call a man a son of a bitch, he’ll beat you senseless for the implied insult to his mother. But then you wouldn’t call the police because you figured you deserved to get a licking. Trump’s me-against-everybody combativeness, his refusal to back down, his vows to disrupt Washington deal-making are giving the hillbilly class a feeling they haven’t had in decades: that they’ve got a friend at the top.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

WALL ST. HILLARY Got $48.5 MILLION in Backing

Trump Received $19K!

Hedge fund owners and employees have so far this election cycle contributed nearly $48.5 million for Hillary Clinton, compared to about $19,000 for Donald Trump, an indication that Wall Street is clearly backing the Democratic presidential nominee.
The total amount of such campaign contributions in 2016 is $122.7 million, twice as much as in the 2012 election cycle, according to a recent federal report analyzed by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
With the Democratic and Republican parties’ conventions over Thursday and the general election officially just a few days old, it’s no surprise that pro-Clinton groups have received more hedge fund money.
For nearly six months, Clinton primary rival Sen. Bernie Sanders railed against “big money” in politics and vowed to “reform” Wall Street, with an insurgent campaign that relied largely on small-dollar contributions.
“With a political campaign finance system that is corrupt and increasingly controlled by billionaires and special interests, I fear very much that … government … is beginning to perish in the United States of America,” Sanders said. “We cannot allow that to happen.”
In addition, Clinton, a former secretary of state and New York senator, has clear ties to Wall Street, with critics repeatedly pointing out that in recent years she has received $21 million in speaking fees from Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street firms.
Trump, the Republican presidential nominee and wealthy businessman, largely self-funded his primary campaign, in an attempt to show voters that he couldn’t be influenced by Washington or Wall Street money.
In addition, his vows to ends to what he considers unfair international trade deals appears to have sent Wall Street looking for another candidate, considering such deals have been largely profitable to U.S. investors.
“At the very least, Wall Street doesn’t like uncertainty,” one investment banker recently told
The $122.7 in contributions from hedge funds -- essential a high-risk, high-yield investment tool for wealthy contributors -- represents roughly 14 percent of total money donated from all sources so far this cycle, according to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the story.
The top five contributors to pro-Clinton groups are employees or owners of private investment funds, and seven financial firms alone have generated the nearly $48.5 million for groups working on Clinton’s behalf.
While Hedge fund owners and employees haven’t given a lot to Trump, they have so far given $65.8 million ​this cycle to other Republican groups -- including some that backed Trump primary rivals.
Washington lobbyists, sensing a Clinton victory early in the cycle, have said they were instead putting their money behind GOP congressional candidates, in an effort to keep control of the House and Senate. 

How Much Did Each Candidate Spend Per Vote?

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The presidential primaries don’t cross many Americans’ minds these days. It’s convention season, and the public has turned its attention to the two nominees, strapping in for what promises to be an especially contentious general election.
But even as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton prepare to duke it out between now and Nov. 8, most of the former presidential hopefuls remain financially mired in primary season.
The race for the White House isn’t cheap. The most recent report from the Federal Election Commission shows that all of the former candidates are still paying off their presidential bids, even if they ended months ago. For instance, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s spent nearly $350,000 in June, though he dropped out of the race on Feb. 10.
The July FEC report covers campaign spending through June 30, the end of the primaries. Using this data and overall vote counts, Graphiq’s politics site InsideGov ranked the candidates by financial efficiency, or how much they paid per vote. The spending totals used by InsideGov do not include money from super PACs. Though political action committees often back a specific candidate, they are technically separate entities from the campaign and cannot coordinate spending.
The candidates who paid the most per vote typically exited the race early, like Christie. These presidential contenders poured piles of money into early contests like Iowa and New Hampshire, but left the field soon after. Their vote totals took a dive after leaving the race, but some candidates still had a steady trickle of support. The people who stayed in the race the longest have the lowest cost per vote — only one of the top five most efficient candidates dropped out before April.
Though the Trump campaign was noted for dominating the field with minimal spending, a different candidate got more bang for his buck than the billionaire businessman. Let’s count down from the Republican who paid over $1,000 per vote to the candidate who spent only $4.57 on each supporter.
(*InsideGov estimated vote totals in the Iowa, Nevada, Maine, Alaska and Washington Democratic caucuses using voter turnout and proportional state delegates won. Those caucuses don’t report the actual number of votes cast)

#16. Lindsey Graham: $1,013.74 per vote

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Total Spending: $5,700,248
June Spending: $15,952
Total Vote Count: 5,623
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham ended his bid for the Republican nomination in December 2015, a month before the primaries even began. Though he managed to pull together a handful of votes during the nomination process, the early departure contributed to his astronomical dollar-per-vote figure, which is about 3.5 times higher than the next on the list. After leaving the race, Graham made headlines as an outspoken critic of Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

#15. Carly Fiorina: $290.67 per vote

Total Spending: $11,254,591
June Spending: $76,110
Total Vote Count: 38,719
In September 2015, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina looked like she could be a serious contender for the Republican nomination — as the only woman in the GOP race, she brought diversity to a predominantly white, male Republican field. But her stock quickly tanked and she dropped out after receiving less than 2 percent of the vote in the Iowa caucus. She briefly reentered the race as Sen. Ted Cruz’s pick for vice president, but he withdrew his bid a few weeks later.

#14. George Pataki: $273.68 per vote

Total Spending: $535,040
June Spending: $450
Total Vote Count: 1,955
Former New York Gov. George Pataki attended the first few GOP “undercard” debates, but like Sen. Lindsey Graham, he quietly left the race over a month before the Iowa caucus. However, Pataki ran a much less expensive campaign, so his dollar-per-vote total stayed much lower than Graham’s.

#13. Rand Paul: $168.19 per vote

Total Spending: $12,253,696
June Spending: $70,941
Total Vote Count: 72,856
Many believed Sen. Rand Paul would cash in on the Libertarian support that bolstered his father, Rep. Ron Paul, in the 2008 and 2012 Republican primaries. He didn’t. The Kentucky Republican’s campaign never got off the ground, and he became one of the first candidates to drop out after the Iowa caucus.

#12. Chris Christie: $151.23 per vote

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Total Spending: $8,702,317
June Spending: $348,393
Total Vote Count: 57,545
Like Sen. Rand Paul, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie came into the 2016 race with high expectations. A red governor from a blue state, Christie’s handling of Hurricane Sandy and involvement in the George Washington Bridge scandal made him a household name well before the 2016 race. However his campaign floundered, and Christie dropped out after the New Hampshire primary and endorsed Donald Trump weeks later. He went on to serve as an adviser for Trump’s campaign and made the shortlist for the nominee’s vice president pick.

#11. Jeb Bush: $126.70 per vote

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Total Spending: $35,409,278
June Spending: $216,212
Total Vote Count: 279,477
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush led the Republican field for much of 2015, but his awkward, gaffe-pronecampaign faded to the background when the primaries began. Bush’s moderate views on immigration and reserved style of campaigning kept him from getting as much attention as more bombastic candidates like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. One of the most well-funded Republicans in the field, Bush demonstrated that sometimes money can only get a candidate so far.

#10. Rick Santorum: $84.63 per vote

Total Spending: $1,405,989
June Spending: $19,789
Total Vote Count: 16,613
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum finished second in the 2012 Republican primary race, but he couldn’t muster the same support in 2016. His barebones campaign kept his finances relatively efficient, but it may have negatively affected his publicity as well.

#9. Mike Huckabee: $84.56 per vote

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Total Spending: $4,314,704
June Spending: $454
Total Vote Count: 51,024
In his 2008 primary campaign, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee championed evangelical Republicans with his religiously charged speeches on Christian values and moral character. However, the former reverend’s support was split among a number of other candidates in 2016. Though he won the Iowa caucus in 2008, he only got 1.8 percent of the vote this time around, and he left the race immediately after.

#8. Ben Carson: $74.73 per vote

Total Spending: $62,510,067
June Spending: $85,665
Total Vote Count: 836,528
Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson was the only candidate to lead Donald Trump in the polls between November 2015 and the end of primary season. Even though Carson amassed only seven delegates, he stayed in the race until March 1. Many wondered why he didn’t drop out sooner, and before withdrawing, Carson himself questioned whether his own campaign was a scam.

#7. Martin O’Malley: $56.42 per vote

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Total Spending: $6,237,028
June Spending: $5,848
Total Vote Count: 110,554
During the Democratic primary debates, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley had a tough time wresting the spotlight from Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. His short-lived campaign ended the night of the Iowa caucus.

#6. Bernie Sanders: $17.77 per vote

Total Spending: $227,412,247
June Spending: $7,527,042
Total Vote Count: 12,797,701
Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “political revolution” made it much further in the race than anyone ever expected. Though the Vermont independent’s grassroots campaign spent almost $230 million in the race against Hillary Clinton, it wasn’t enough to overcome his deficit in the delegate count.

#5. Marco Rubio: $14.59 per vote

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Total Spending: $50,841,303
June Spending: $180,775
Total Vote Count: 3,485,463
An early favorite of establishment Republicans, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio jumped ahead of Donald Trump in prediction markets after an unexpectedly solid performance in the Iowa caucus. His prospects didn’t last for long though. Rubio’s support dwindled and he dropped out on March 15, after Trump beat him in his home state’s primary by more than 18 points.

#4. Hillary Clinton: $13.97 per vote

Total Spending: $230,172,869
June Spending: $34,460,572
Total Vote Count: 16,473,239
The presumptive Democratic nominee has raised over $270 million for her campaign — more than any other candidate in the 2016 race. While the Republican race essentially ended in early May, the final Democratic primaries were still somewhat split between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders. This lowered Clinton’s popular vote total and gave her a dollar-per-vote figure well above her general election opponent, Donald Trump.

#3. Ted Cruz: $11.21 per vote

Total Spending: $86,285,610
June Spending: $490,288
Total Vote Count: 7,695,349
As the only other candidate to win multiple state primaries, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was one of the last men standing against Donald Trump. His campaign steadily raised money until Cruz conceded to the eventual nominee on May 3. He was booed last week during his speech at the Republican National Convention after failing to explicitly endorse Trump.

#2. Donald Trump: $5.19 per vote

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Total Spending: $71,087,144
June Spending: $7,800,248
Total Vote Count: 13,706,642
Donald Trump’s campaign, half of which he financed himself, got a lot of bang for its buck. His financial efficiency may be attributed to the media, which gave him substantially more coverage than any other candidate.

#1. John Kasich: $4.57 per vote

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Total Spending: $19,335,673
June Spending: $501,210
Total Vote Count: 4,226,732
Ohio Gov. John Kasich won the title for the most financially efficient candidate. Though his only primary victory came in his home state, Kasich’s candidacy endured until May 3, steadily raking in votes without much spending. His marathon approach gave him the lowest dollar-per-vote figure in the 2016 race.