Originally appeared at DWN, translated by Karin exclusively for SouthFront
Among all 21 candidates who competed for the US presidency, Hillary Clinton is ranked 1st for donations by the US arms industry. Donald Trump however is ranked 16th. While Clinton has personally not put a single dollar into her campaign, Trump has financed his campaign with a total of 45.7 million dollars, that is 72 percent of it.
Hillary Clinton has obtained so far more donations from the US defense industry than any other candidate for the US presidency. Clinton received in the period from January 2015 to February 2016 a total of $ 454,994 from 50 US companies from the defense industry, reports Politico.
In second place is Bernie Sanders. He received a total of $ 310,055 from US defense companies. Following after Clinton and Sanders are Ted Cruz, Chris Christie and Jeb Bush. Among all 21 US presidential candidates, who have gone into the race initially, Donald Trump comes in with a total of $ 10,586 in 16th place of donation by the US arms companies. Politico reported that Trump financed his campaign mainly himself. Trump had said in March that the US budget could no longer bear the global deployment of US troops. He is therefore for cuts in domestic defense spending. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Trump has financed 72 percent of his campaign using a sum of $ 45.7 million. Hillary Clinton, however, has not put a single dollar in her campaigns, but is entirely dependent on donors.
The total donations to the US presidential candidates by the US defense industry were, between January 2015 and February 2016 a total of $ 7.5 billion.