Presidential candidates vastly prefer Uber over Lyft. Here’s how much the 2020 Democratic hopefuls are spending on each of the ride-hailing services.

  • Uber and Lyft are raking in big money from the 2020 presidential candidates as they ramp up campaigns across the country.
  • In total, 18 Democratic hopefuls spent more than $87,000 on rides and meals in the first half of 2019, according to regulatory filings.
  • Sen. Kamala Harris of California easily spent the most on the apps, at $14,708, while others, like the former Texas state Rep. Beto O’Rourke and billionaire Tim Steyer, are not disclosing any expenses to the companies.
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Candidates in the 2020 US Presidential election are racking up plenty of Uber and Lyft fares.

In the first six months of 2019, as the campaign season began to enter full swing, hopeful challengers of President Donald Trump racked up $87,631 worth of taxi-rides on the apps, according to campaign disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Of that massive total – still just a tiny sliver of Uber or Lyft’s revenue in the first half of the year – about 60% went to Uber, while Lyft collected the remainder.

Most of those receipts were filed by Kamala Harris, whose campaign spent more than $14,000 on Uber and Lyft rides, filings show. Despite her familial connection to Uber’s chief legal officer, her campaign didn’t snub Lyft, with Uber only making up about 60% of that total.

Only one candidate – John Delaney – spent widely more on Lyft rides than Uber, while some, like Bernie Sanders and Tulsi Gabbard, hardly spent anything on either platform.

Here’s how all the candidates’ spending breaks down:


18. Steve Bullock

Uber: $204.00

Lyft: $87.00

Total: $291.00


17. Tulsi Gabbard

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii.
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Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call / Getty

Uber: $240.00

Lyft: $489.00

Total: $ 729.00


16. Bernie Sanders

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Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
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Kimberly White/Getty Images for MoveO

Uber: $0

Lyft: $921

Total: $921


15. Bill de Blasio

Uber: $431

Lyft: $663

Total: $1,094


14. Tim Ryan

Uber: $1,183.00

Lyft: $0

Total: $1,183.00


13. Marianne Williamson

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Marianne Williamson
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Sean Rayford/Getty Images

Uber: $1,330.00

Lyft: $0

Total: $1,330.00


12. Joe Biden

Uber: $1,811

Lyft: $776

Total: $2,587


11. Julián Castro

Uber: $1,003

Lyft: $1, 996

Total: $2,999


10. Seth Moulton

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US Congressman Seth Moulton of Massachusetts.
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Reuters

Uber: $3,610

Lyft: $139

Total: $3,749


9. Amy Klobuchar

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
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Reuters

Uber: $2,334

Lyft: $1,967

Total: $4,301


8. Cory Booker

Uber: $2,363

Lyft: $1,954

Total: $4,317


7. John Delaney

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Former Massachusetts congressman John Delaney.
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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Uber: $922

Lyft: $4,481

Total: $5,403


6. John Hickenlooper

Uber: $3,550

Lyft: $4,507

Total: $8,057


5. Kirsten Gillibrand

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
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Reuters

Uber: $5,230

Lyft: $2,971

Total: $8,201


4. Pete Buttigieg

Uber: $8,092

Lyft: $1,060

Total: $9,152


3. Elizabeth Warren

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
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Reuters

Uber: $4,865

Lyft: $3,368

Total: $9,233


2. Andrew Yang

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Andrew Yang.
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Hollis Johnson/Business Insider

Uber: $6,390

Lyft: $2,286

Total: $9,376


1. Kamala Harris

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Sen. Kamala Harris of California.
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REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Uber: $8,835

Lyft: $5,873

Total: $14,708