Bernie Sanders is the candidate who, perhaps ironically, may be the most vocal about getting money out of politics. He reported raising over $15 million. The reason why Sanders is so excited lies in the numbers. According to CNN, the Sanders campaign now has over 350,000 donors who donated an average of $33 each. Only 1 percent of donations to Sanders' campaign were over $250.
For some perspective, in the second quarter of 2011, Mitt Romney raised over $18 million -- followed by Ron Paul at $4.5 million.
The rest of the Republican field seems to be playing the fundraising game close to the chest. At the moment, all eyes are on Jeb Bush, who announced his candidacy on June 15.
But while everyone is distracted by the media frenzy over which candidate has gotten the last big check, what's missed is that not every campaign dollar is created equal. In the Internet age, a "front-runner" can become an impossible long-shot in a matter of days -- just ask Rudy Giuliani. So while the money game might be one that creates a lot of buzz, it'd be a mistake to think the 2016 election is a foregone conclusion.