Breaking the record former President Barack Obama set in 2012 for the most expensive presidential campaign in history, Hillary Clinton blew a whopping $1.2 billion on her failed 2016 campaign.
That doubled what the Trump campaign spent in dollars, though according to one estimate, Trump received $5 billion in free advertising from cable news (albeit most of it negative, due to their particularly obsessive coverage of Trump).
Hillary asked Trump after the New York Times revealed his 1995 tax return “what kind of genius loses a billion dollars in a year?” Ironic in hindsight, isn’t it?
Hillary Clinton’s campaign appears not to have returned or donated to charity the more than $5,000 in contributions from the former co-owner of a website linked to underage prostitution and whose donations have backed a number of current and former Democratic politicians into a corner.
Controversy surrounding donations from the owners of Backpage.com, an online classified website that has come under fire from politicians including Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.), has forced a number of politicians–particularly in the state of Arizona–to return or donate the tainted contributions.
Jim Larkin, a former co-owner of Backpage, gave a $5,400 contribution on July 26, 2016, to the Hillary Victory Fund, a joint fundraising effort between the Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and more than 30 state Democratic parties. The money was then transferred to Hillary for America, Clinton’s campaign committee.
The campaign appears to have not returned the money to Larkin, a search of Federal Election Commission records shows.
The Senate unanimously passed a resolution last year to hold Backpage in contempt of Congress for not obeying a subpoena, and for refusing to provide any documentation that they were combating sex trafficking. Arrest warrants for the company’s leadership were eventually issued in a separate California investigation.