The 2020 US election campaigns smashed all records – with presidential and congressional candidates spending a complete of virtually $14bn – greater than double the expense tag for 2016.
This yr the campaigns had to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, but what explains the big increase?
BBC reality verify breaks down one of the most spending and who paid for it.
action images via Jacqueline Galvin
Narrated by way of Marianna Brady
Written and produced through Jake Horton and Soraya Auer