Presidential candidates and their supportive super PACs generally entered March one of two ways: flush with energy and cash or destined for Election 2016 footnote status.
A new round of federal campaign finance disclosures due Sunday night detailed presidential hopefuls' boom-or-bust February — sometimes in all-too-ugly detail for the several candidates who ended their campaigns last month.
Here’s a rundown of the more telling — and curious — statistics to emerge:
$25 million: What a gaggle of billionaires, corporations and other wealthy types invested in Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio's presidential bid just as it was poised to fall apart. Conservative Solutions PAC, a super PAC supporting Rubio, had its best fundraising month in February, raised the gaudy sum in February alone. The bulk of the money — $22 million — came in just 11 seven-figure contributions from big names in GOP donor circles, including billionaire investors Paul Singer and Ken Griffin (each $2.5 million) and Oracle Corporation's Larry Ellison ($2 million). Most likely to feel like a turkey? Arkansas poultry magnate Ronald Cameron, who contributed $5 million to the ill-fated effort. Conservative Solutions PAC also reported $2.5 million contributions each from two companies associated with Maurice R. "Hank" Greenberg — Starr International USA and C.V. Starr & Company Inc. Greenberg is on quite a losing streak, having previously contributed $10 million to Right to Rise USA, the super PAC backing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's failed presidential campaign. Rubio withdrew from the presidential race in mid-March after he lost his home state primary in Florida.
$13,623,451: Difference entering March between the Hillary Clinton campaign’s cash on hand (more than $30.83 million) and that of the Bernie Sanders campaign (about $17.21 million). The gap comes after a February in which Sanders outraised Clinton by more than $14 million in the Democratic presidential primary. But Sanders in February also burned through about $9.4 million more than Clinton after his campaign already started the month with less cash in reserve. Another problem for Sanders who trails Clinton in delegates as they fight to secure the Democratic nomination? Pro-Clinton super PAC Priorities USA Action, which like all super PACs may raise and spend unlimited amounts of money to advocate for or against candidates, boasted nearly $44.5 million cash on hand heading into March.
$12,056,903: What Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s long-shot presidential campaign has raised through February — for the entire presidential election. That’s about one-twelfth the amount Sanders’ campaign has raised during the same period. Kasich, who’s only Republican primary victory came last week in his home state of Ohio, can take some heart in that New Day for America, a super PAC supporting him, reported more than $2.5 million in its coffers heading into March.