An Associated Press analysis of campaign finance records, tax returns and court filings shows that the three candidates vying to succeed GOP Sen. Bob Corker have combined to give more than $1.5 million to candidates and committees over the past decade, far outpacing the $600,000 given to the GOP’s nominee, businessman Donald Trump.
A CNN analysis of FEC records showed that the two other candidates, Ohio Gov.
John Kasich and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, gave more than twice that amount, but the numbers are far smaller than the $2.7 million given to Trump and $3.5.
The candidates’ political action committees have given nearly $3 million to campaign committees and PACs since 2009.
The amount spent on outside spending is dwarfed by the campaign spending by the two leading candidates: Kasich and Rubio combined have spent nearly $4.5 billion on the race, a third more than their combined contributions from outside groups.
The Trump campaign is the only one of the three leading candidates to spend more than the average, which is around $250,000 per campaign, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
The Republican Party has never seen the kind of spending by an outsider that has driven the Republican Party to a new low in terms of spending on outside groups and individuals in the race.
In 2010, the year before the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, the party spent $1 million per day, according the Center on Priorities, a liberal watchdog group.
And in 2016, the Trump campaign was the only outside group to spend $8.5 per day.
That is a stark contrast to 2016, when the GOP spent more than any other candidate and raised $15 million.
“I think the Republicans have a much higher profile than the Democrats,” said Democratic strategist Tim Malloy, who worked on Mitt Romney’s 2016 presidential campaign.
“In the past, they’ve just been a bunch of nobodies who didn’t raise money and did no advertising.
They’ve been the Democrats, but now they’re the party of Donald Trump.”
Kasich’s campaign, which has been criticized for its poor fundraising, has also given more than Trump’s.
The Kasich campaign has spent more on outside advertising than the Trump one.
In the 2016 cycle, Kasich’s ad spending totaled $6.6 million, more than that of Trump.
The campaign’s campaign finance filings show that Kasich’s PAC, which includes the Kasich for President Super PAC, spent more per day in the third quarter of this year than any of the other Republican candidates combined.
But even with Trump’s huge spending, Kasich has been unable to match his rival’s fundraising and is still behind the three top-spending candidates.
Trump has more than doubled his spending on ads since the end of the 2016 campaign, but Kasich has only made gains in recent months.
He has increased his ad spending in the last three months of 2016 by $6 million compared to the same period in 2017, according and the Center’s analysis of public filings.
He’s spent $2 million on ads this month alone, while the other two candidates have spent only $250k, $400k and $300k, respectively.
Rubio has also been spending heavily.
He spent nearly a quarter of a billion dollars on ads and spent $3 billion more than Kasich in the first quarter of the year, according a Bloomberg News analysis.
Rubio spent nearly half of a trillion dollars on ad spending last year, and he still trails Kasich by nearly $100 million, according CNN.
He is also trailing Trump by about $200 million in the latest CNN/ORC survey, while Kasich is on pace to outspend Trump by $600 million.
Kasich has had some help from outside money.
Kasich spent more money than the two remaining GOP candidates combined, spending nearly $1 billion during the 2016 election cycle, according Politico.
He also has spent far more on super PACs and other outside spending than Rubio and Trump combined, according records and a CNN analysis.
Outside groups supporting Trump have been able to raise millions of dollars and spend millions more in the presidential race, which means he’s able to outraise the candidates.
The spending has been so outsized that Trump is able to claim the presidency in the midst of a record low in spending and has managed to outfund his rivals.
While the Trump super PAC spent more in 2016 than the other candidates combined combined, the Kasich campaign was able to keep its campaign finances low in 2016 because it was able, in large part, to keep spending low during the general election and the early part of 2017.
The total spending by outside groups in the 2016 presidential race was the highest since the mid-1980s, when Republicans began electing new members of Congress, according data compiled by the Center.
While Trump and the Republican candidates have been criticized by both outside groups for their fundraising, it is the fact that they have spent so much on ads that has helped Trump.
Rubio and Kasich have been accused of being too close to big corporations