Pro-Hillary Clinton Super PAC gets big money from big names

Hillary Clinton super PAC raises big cash

Cash kept flowing for Hillary Clinton in April.

The former secretary of state's campaign committee reported total receipts of about $25 million for the month and ended it with more than $30 million on hand, according to federal data filed Friday. While her Democratic rival Sen. Bernie Sanders outraised her with about $27 million in receipts, his campaign also spent more and ended April with $5.8 million on hand.

Clinton had one clear money advantage over Sanders and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. A pro-Clinton Super PAC raked in large sums from some big-name families as it gears up for a likely general election slugfest with Trump.

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Priorities USA Action, which cannot coordinate with the Clinton campaign but can spend in support of her, reported receipts of $8.6 million in April. It closed the month with more than $46 million on hand, and plans to spend money on negative ads against Trump, among other efforts.

Here are some of the donors who gave to the committee in April:

  • Billionaire media mogul Haim Saban, a co-owner of Univision, gave $1.5 million to the committee. His wife, Cheryl, added another $1.5 million.
  • Alex Soros, son of billionaire investor George Soros, donated $1 million. His father previously gave Priorities USA Action $6 million last year.
  • Slim-Fast founder Daniel Abraham contributed $1 million.
  • David E. Shaw of medical research firm D.E. Shaw Research gave $750,000.
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Sanders, who has only a slim chance of securing the nomination, has repeatedly bashed the political influence of large donors and fueled his campaign mostly on small individual contributions. Campaign finance reform is a key part of his platform.

Trump's campaign, meanwhile, took in only about $14 million in contributions through April. Trump himself has loaned more than $43 million to the campaign, though it can reimburse him if it receives enough contributions.

Trump appealed to many GOP primary voters by saying that since he self-funded his campaign, special interests cannot influence him. However, as his campaign this month turned toward the general election, it started to set up a fundraising organization and signed a joint fundraising agreement with the Republican Party.