The candidates running for president are only the most visible parts of huge organizations mobilizing to boost them to the White House. Underneath them, key staff and advisers are implementing the strategy that could lead to victory next November.
National Journal Hotline's new Staffer Tracker traces the construction of those campaigns. The Tracker is an interactive encyclopedia of the people working for 2016 candidates and where they've been before. The aides from previous presidential campaigns have spread out across the spectrum of candidates seeking the presidency in 2016. The connections between 20 White House hopefuls and the campaigns that came before them are everywhere.
For example, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has a lock on former staffers for former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's 2008 bid. Ron Paul's former allies have gone to work for his son, Rand Paul. And so-called "establishment" candidates Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio have indeed pulled from the many alumni of Mitt Romney's and George W. Bush's presidential runs. Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain share more than ideology: The South Carolina senator has drawn from the talents of many who worked on McCain's 2000 and 2008 campaigns.