Amy Klobuchar Spent over $30 Million on Failed Presidential Campaign

US Senator Amy Klobuchar listens during the National Prayer Breakfast on February 7, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
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Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) spent over $30 million on her failed presidential campaign, according to federal election records.

Open Secrets, a non-partisan group that tracks financial contributions in politics and public policy, shows Klobuchar raised $34,188,150 and spent $31,325,026 as of January 30. The figure does not include contributions after the end of January. The Minnesota Democrat took in over $2 million in the 14 hours after February’s Democrat presidential primary debate in New Hampshire.

Klobuchar announced Monday that she will suspend her campaign and endorse former Vice President Joe Biden one day before Super Tuesday. The development comes after former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg ended his White House campaign Sunday evening.

Buttigieg, who is likely to also endorse Biden, spent at least $75 million on his failed bid.

Additionally, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) spent more than $25 million on her doomed bid for the White House, while Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) blew over $14 million. Former Rep. Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke (D-TX) spent roughly $14 million.

The biggest investment was made by billionaire and climate change activist Tom Steyer, who dropped over $252 million (most of it was his own money), which equaled roughly $1,600 for each vote he received in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina.


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