Fundraising and campaigning as we know it may have begun with Andrew Jackson as he was the first politician without a powerful family name or a large personal fortune. Before Jackson, the idea of candidates asking for contributions to fund their campaigns was completely foreign.
However, the amount of money involved in American politics today beggar’s belief, and having those finances available seems to pay off, well 88% of the time, as the candidate with the most money usually won.
That was until the presidential election in 2016, when the candidate with the least fundraising money, one Donald J Trump, actually won. And although Mr. Trump will be the first to tell you how incredibly wealthy he is, we thought we’d take a look at other insanely rich people who are involved in American politics today.