Presidential Candidates’ Personal Finances By The Numbers
Benjamin Franklin once said, “He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.” Let’s just hope 2016’s crop of largely affluent presidential candidates don’t subscribe to that particular belief. They’re unusually characterized by money, after all, with the party frontrunners representing up to $2.1 billion and $52.7 million in assets, respectively.
At a time when billion-dollar fundraising has become a prerequisite for occupancy of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, it’s fair to wonder where money isn’t an issue in the race. With that in mind, we analyzed each of the eight leading candidates’ financial disclosure forms to get a sense for how they’ve managed their finances in the past and perhaps how they’ll manage the country in the future. Enjoy the show and vote wisely!
A Closer Look At Each Candidate’s Finances
Money is the country’s top stressor, according to the American Psychological Association, which ultimately indicates that our financial circumstances influence our perceptions and general state of mind. That’s true for everyone, including politicians. So, much like it’s wise to make sure that you and your chosen candidate stand eye to eye on important policy issues, it also makes sense to consider the extent to which his or her financial profile jives with your monetary values.
With that in mind, we compared the following candidates based on a few important metrics, such as total cash savings and total amounts owed, and noted a number of revealing insights into each candidate’s financial background that could influence your opinion and ultimately your vote. Just click on a candidate’s picture to learn more.
All data pertaining to individual candidates were sent to those candidates for verification. Unfortunately, only Gov. Bush's campaign responded.
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