Hillary Clinton spent 53 times more money per month than Russians seeking to influence the 2016 presidential election.
According to reports, the monthly Russian budget for the operation to meddle in the election was $1.2 million. As Peter Hamby pointed out on Twitter, Clinton and supporting PAC Priorities USA spent approximately $800 million in 2016.
That means Clinton and her PAC spent about $66 million a month in 2016, a whopping 53 times more money than Russia’s $1.25 million monthly budget.
Not to diminish how awful this is, but $1.2 million is hardly mindblowing. Hillary Clinton + Priorities USA spent ~$800 million in 2016. https://t.co/CWpV7u8iip
— Peter Hamby (@PeterHamby) February 16, 2018
It’s also worth nothing that not all of the money spent by the Russian operation was used to campaign for President Donald Trump. According to the Mueller indictment released Friday, Russian trolls also supported Jill Stein and Bernie Sanders and even planted seeds for leftist groups like “Blacktivist” and “Woke Blacks.” (RELATED: Mueller Indictment Shows Russian Trolls Also Promoted Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein)
After the election, Russians continued to sow division in the United States by riling up “#Resist” groups involved in anti-Trump protests. (RELATED: Mueller Confirms: Russia Used Anti-Trump Resistance To Stoke Division)
Clinton repeatedly blamed Russia for her loss, citing their “intel and counter-intel,” plus the release of emails from her campaign chairman John Podesta. (RELATED: Here Are The 18 Things Hillary Blames For Her Election Defeat)