Members of the Californian College Republicans protest against presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's fundraising visit outside the Democratic Party offices in Los Angeles, California on June 19, 2015.National Journal

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Q: How important are the second-quarter fundraising numbers for the 2016 presidential candidates?

DEMOCRATS (85 VOTES)

Very important: 40%
Somewhat important: 53%
Not at all important: 7%

Very important

"Especially for Republicans. In that herd, they need something that stands out, and because they are ideological clones, money might be the only thing."

"This quarter will separate the contenders from the pretenders. Both hard money and super PACs. Hardest quarter of the process."

"Demonstrates staying power for the serious candidates."

"Will begin to narrow GOP field."

Somewhat important

"It does separate the real candidates from the pretenders somewhat, but more likely provides numerous meaningless articles for reporters to file."

"Money matters, but super PAC money matters most of all."

"Things change quickly."

"They are a signal along the long road and begin to separate out the also-rans."

Not at all important

"How much did The Donald raise? Bush raised $114 million and has been entirely eclipsed by a hair ball."

Members of the Californian College Republicans protest against presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's fundraising visit outside the Democratic Party offices in Los Angeles, California on June 19, 2015. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

Q: How important are the second-quarter fundraising numbers for the 2016 presidential candidates?

REPUBLICANS (82 VOTES)

Very important: 29%
Somewhat important: 64%
Not at all important: 7%

Very important

"About as important as gasoline is to a car. Only worse, since, unlike campaigns, cars don't break down because the fuel level didn't meet expectations."

"Determines who will have the infrastructure for a protracted battle."

"The second and third tier need to make a splash and Fiorina failed."

"One of the two most important variables in the momentum equation."

Somewhat important

"Starts to shake out the field, but with social media and digital advertising, you actually don't need all that money to stay relevant to the process."

"Some big, big donors have not decided yet. They will be influenced by who is doing well now among the candidates."

"Cash on hand important, but fourth-quarter numbers determine who the real players are."

"The numbers show who's getting their legs under them. Or worse, who's not."

"These numbers start to separate the talkers from the doers and reveal which candidates (can you say, 'Ted Cruz'?) are really just direct-mail phenoms without a real donor network."

"For the mega-funders sitting back and watching, these numbers could sway a few off the bench."

Not at all important

"These numbers do not seem to be scaring anyone off. The advent of super PACs allows everyone to last through Super Tuesday."

"More than enough people have more than enough money. Having enough money is easy these days. It's going to come down to organization and leadership."

"Helps with some early planning, but ultimately the field will be constantly changing until later this year."

"Early money is less important with 24-hour political TV."

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Democratic Political Insiders  Jill Alper, John Anzalone, Brad Bannon, Dave Beattie, Andy Bechhoefer, Cornell Belcher, Matt Bennett, Mitchell W. Berger, Mike Berman, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brathwaite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brewer, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bonnie Campbell, Bill Carrick, Guy Cecil, Martin J. Chávez, Tony Coelho, Larry Cohen, Jerry Crawford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Danielson, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott DeFife, Jim Demers, Tad Devine, David Di Martino, Debbie Dingell, Monica Dixon, Patrick Dorton, Pat Dujakovich, Anita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve Elmendorf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Ferson, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Foley, Jeffrey Forbes, Vincent Frillici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Michael Gonzalez, Joe Grandmaison, Anna Greenberg, Stan Greenberg, Pat Griffin, Larry Grisolano, Michael Gronstal, Lisa Grove, Marcia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Harpootlian, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hattaway, Mike Henry, Karen Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Harold Ickes, Marcus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jarding, Jonathon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kaufman, Lisa Kountoupes, Celinda Lake, David Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Lehane, Jeff Link, Bob Maloney, Jim Manley, Steve Marchand, Jim Margolis, Paul Maslin, Keith Mason, Susan McCue, Gerald McEntee, Steve McMahon, Tom McMahon, Phil McNamara, David Medina, Michael Meehan, Mark Mellman, John Merrigan, Michael Monroe, Steve Murphy, Janet Napolitano, David Nassar, Marcia Nichols, John Norris, Tom Ochs, Tom O'Donnell, Jeffrey Peck, Debora Pignatelli, Tony Podesta, Jefrey Pollock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Reiley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ricchetti, Will Robinson, Steve Rosenthal, David Rudd, Ryan Rudominer, John Ryan, Michael Sargeant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shumaker, Sean Sinclair, Phil Singer, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thornell, Jeffrey Trammell, Ed Turlington, Rick Wiener, James Williams, JoDee Winterhof, Brian Wolff, Jon Youngdahl, and Jim Zogby.

GOP Political Insiders  Dan Allen, Stan Anderson, Gary Andres, Saulius (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bainwol, Brian Baker, Gary Bauer, David Beckwith, Paul Bennecke, Clark Benson, Wayne Berman, Brian Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Blalock, Carmine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bonjean, Jeff Buley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Cardenas, Danny Carroll, Alex Castellanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cicconi, Jonathan Collegio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Corman, Scott Cottington, Jay Cranford, Greg Crist, Diane Crookham-Johnson, Fergus Cullen, Tom Davis, Mike Dennehy, Ken Duberstein, Debi Durham, Sara Fagen, Frank Fahrenkopf, John Feehery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Benjamin Ginsberg, David Girard-diCarlo, Bill Greener, Jonathan Grella, Lanny Griffith, Janet Mullins Grissom, Doug Gross, Todd Harris, Steve Hart, Christopher Healy, Ralph Hellmann, Chris Henick, Terry Holt, David Iannelli, Ed Ingle, Jim Innocenzi, Clark Judge, David Keating, David Kensinger, Bob Kjellander, Ed Kutler, Chris LaCivita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lombardo, Kevin Madden, Joel Maiola, Gary Maloney, David Marin, Mary Matalin, Dan Mattoon, Brian McCormack, Mark McKinnon, Kyle McSlarrow, Ken Mehlman, Jim Merrill, Lisa Camooso Miller, Tim Morrison, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nelson, Neil Newhouse, David Norcross, Ziad Ojakli, Jack Oliver, Todd Olsen, Kevin O'Neill, Connie Partoyan, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, David Rehr, Tom Reynolds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, David Roederer, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, Andrew Shore, Kevin Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steeper, Bob Stevenson, Terry Sullivan, David Tamasi, Eric Tanenblatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Timmons, Warren Tompkins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk Van Dongen, Jan van Lohuizen, Stewart Verdery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee Westine, Dave Winston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Matthew Zablud. 

Q: How important are the second-quarter fundraising numbers for the 2016 presidential candidates?

DEMOCRATS (85 VOTES)

Very important: 40%
Somewhat important: 53%
Not at all important: 7%

Very important

"Especially for Republicans. In that herd, they need something that stands out, and because they are ideological clones, money might be the only thing."

"This quarter will separate the contenders from the pretenders. Both hard money and super PACs. Hardest quarter of the process."

"Demonstrates staying power for the serious candidates."

"Will begin to narrow GOP field."

Somewhat important

"It does separate the real candidates from the pretenders somewhat, but more likely provides numerous meaningless articles for reporters to file."

"Money matters, but super PAC money matters most of all."

"Things change quickly."

"They are a signal along the long road and begin to separate out the also-rans."

Not at all important

"How much did The Donald raise? Bush raised $114 million and has been entirely eclipsed by a hair ball."

Members of the Californian College Republicans protest against presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's fundraising visit outside the Democratic Party offices in Los Angeles, California on June 19, 2015. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

Q: How important are the second-quarter fundraising numbers for the 2016 presidential candidates?

REPUBLICANS (82 VOTES)

Very important: 29%
Somewhat important: 64%
Not at all important: 7%

Very important

"About as important as gasoline is to a car. Only worse, since, unlike campaigns, cars don't break down because the fuel level didn't meet expectations."

"Determines who will have the infrastructure for a protracted battle."

"The second and third tier need to make a splash and Fiorina failed."

"One of the two most important variables in the momentum equation."

Somewhat important

"Starts to shake out the field, but with social media and digital advertising, you actually don't need all that money to stay relevant to the process."

"Some big, big donors have not decided yet. They will be influenced by who is doing well now among the candidates."

"Cash on hand important, but fourth-quarter numbers determine who the real players are."

"The numbers show who's getting their legs under them. Or worse, who's not."

"These numbers start to separate the talkers from the doers and reveal which candidates (can you say, 'Ted Cruz'?) are really just direct-mail phenoms without a real donor network."

"For the mega-funders sitting back and watching, these numbers could sway a few off the bench."

Not at all important

"These numbers do not seem to be scaring anyone off. The advent of super PACs allows everyone to last through Super Tuesday."

"More than enough people have more than enough money. Having enough money is easy these days. It's going to come down to organization and leadership."

"Helps with some early planning, but ultimately the field will be constantly changing until later this year."

"Early money is less important with 24-hour political TV."

. . . . . . . . . .

Democratic Political Insiders  Jill Alper, John Anzalone, Brad Bannon, Dave Beattie, Andy Bechhoefer, Cornell Belcher, Matt Bennett, Mitchell W. Berger, Mike Berman, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brathwaite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brewer, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bonnie Campbell, Bill Carrick, Guy Cecil, Martin J. Chávez, Tony Coelho, Larry Cohen, Jerry Crawford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Danielson, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott DeFife, Jim Demers, Tad Devine, David Di Martino, Debbie Dingell, Monica Dixon, Patrick Dorton, Pat Dujakovich, Anita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve Elmendorf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Ferson, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Foley, Jeffrey Forbes, Vincent Frillici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Michael Gonzalez, Joe Grandmaison, Anna Greenberg, Stan Greenberg, Pat Griffin, Larry Grisolano, Michael Gronstal, Lisa Grove, Marcia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Harpootlian, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hattaway, Mike Henry, Karen Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Harold Ickes, Marcus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jarding, Jonathon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kaufman, Lisa Kountoupes, Celinda Lake, David Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Lehane, Jeff Link, Bob Maloney, Jim Manley, Steve Marchand, Jim Margolis, Paul Maslin, Keith Mason, Susan McCue, Gerald McEntee, Steve McMahon, Tom McMahon, Phil McNamara, David Medina, Michael Meehan, Mark Mellman, John Merrigan, Michael Monroe, Steve Murphy, Janet Napolitano, David Nassar, Marcia Nichols, John Norris, Tom Ochs, Tom O'Donnell, Jeffrey Peck, Debora Pignatelli, Tony Podesta, Jefrey Pollock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Reiley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ricchetti, Will Robinson, Steve Rosenthal, David Rudd, Ryan Rudominer, John Ryan, Michael Sargeant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shumaker, Sean Sinclair, Phil Singer, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thornell, Jeffrey Trammell, Ed Turlington, Rick Wiener, James Williams, JoDee Winterhof, Brian Wolff, Jon Youngdahl, and Jim Zogby.

GOP Political Insiders  Dan Allen, Stan Anderson, Gary Andres, Saulius (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bainwol, Brian Baker, Gary Bauer, David Beckwith, Paul Bennecke, Clark Benson, Wayne Berman, Brian Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Blalock, Carmine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bonjean, Jeff Buley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Cardenas, Danny Carroll, Alex Castellanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cicconi, Jonathan Collegio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Corman, Scott Cottington, Jay Cranford, Greg Crist, Diane Crookham-Johnson, Fergus Cullen, Tom Davis, Mike Dennehy, Ken Duberstein, Debi Durham, Sara Fagen, Frank Fahrenkopf, John Feehery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Benjamin Ginsberg, David Girard-diCarlo, Bill Greener, Jonathan Grella, Lanny Griffith, Janet Mullins Grissom, Doug Gross, Todd Harris, Steve Hart, Christopher Healy, Ralph Hellmann, Chris Henick, Terry Holt, David Iannelli, Ed Ingle, Jim Innocenzi, Clark Judge, David Keating, David Kensinger, Bob Kjellander, Ed Kutler, Chris LaCivita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lombardo, Kevin Madden, Joel Maiola, Gary Maloney, David Marin, Mary Matalin, Dan Mattoon, Brian McCormack, Mark McKinnon, Kyle McSlarrow, Ken Mehlman, Jim Merrill, Lisa Camooso Miller, Tim Morrison, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nelson, Neil Newhouse, David Norcross, Ziad Ojakli, Jack Oliver, Todd Olsen, Kevin O'Neill, Connie Partoyan, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, David Rehr, Tom Reynolds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, David Roederer, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, Andrew Shore, Kevin Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steeper, Bob Stevenson, Terry Sullivan, David Tamasi, Eric Tanenblatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Timmons, Warren Tompkins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk Van Dongen, Jan van Lohuizen, Stewart Verdery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee Westine, Dave Winston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Matthew Zablud. 

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