- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 21, 2016

Sen. Bernard Sanders’ presidential campaign brought in close to $46 million in March but plowed through nearly all of his gains and started April with significantly less cash on hand than former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, his rival in the 2016 Democratic presidential race.

In terms of raising money, Mr. Sanders outpaced Mrs. Clinton, who brought in about $29.3 million in primary donations through her campaign and the Hillary Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee.

But Mrs. Clinton finished the month with about $29 million in the bank, while Mr. Sanders started April with about $17.5 million on hand. Direct spending from the Clinton campaign and her campaign’s share of the joint fundraiser’s expenses totaled about $32.4 million for March.

Monthly fundraising reports covering March were due to the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday.

For the cycle through March, Mrs. Clinton’s campaign has raised about $187 million and Mr. Sanders’ has raised nearly $186 million.

Priorities USA Action, a pro-Clinton super PAC, reported finishing the month with close to $45 million on hand after bringing in close to $12 million in March and spending about $11.6 million.

Mr. Sanders often points out that he has campaigned for the White House without the financial help of a similar allied super PAC.

On the Republican side, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas brought in about $12.5 million last month — the Cruz campaign’s highest single-month total in the cycle. The campaign spent about $11.8 million, leaving Mr. Cruz with about $8.8 million on hand at the start of April.

Mr. Cruz’s campaign has brought in a total of about $79 million for the cycle through March.

The pro-Cruz Trusted Leadership PAC brought in $4.5 million and spent $3.6 million in March, finishing the month with $1.1 million on hand.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s campaign brought in about $4.5 million during March and spent about $4.6 million, starting April with about $1.16 million.

For the cycle, the Ohio governor’s campaign has raised about $16.6 million through March.

New Day for America, a pro-Kasich super PAC, brought in about $2.8 million and spent $4.1 million, starting April with about $1.2 million on hand.

GOP front-runner Donald Trump reported close to $2.8 million in contributions and another $11.5 million in loans to his campaign.

Of the approximately $49 million in receipts Mr. Trump’s campaign has reported through March, about $36 million has come in the form of loans to his campaign.

Mr. Trump spent about $13.8 million and finished March with about $2.1 million on hand.

Our Principles PAC, an outside group formed in January and devoted to stopping Mr. Trump, reported bringing in close to $8.4 million in March, but it plowed through $11.2 million and finished with just about $424,000 on hand at the start of April.

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