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Democratic Donor Cities: Spreading the Wealth

When Democratic and Republican presidential candidates go out to raise money, they have a circuit of cities that provide a stable supply of donors. A look at the recently-released first quarter filings shows that 17 cities provided money for the seven major candidates listed in the Post's campaign finance database, while the 10 Republicans had just two cities in common: Washington, D.C. and nearby Arlington, Va.

Washington and Arlington also made the Democrats' list of 17 cities where their candidates received money from donors, but the other 15 are geographically diverse: they range from Brookline, Mass. ($152,000 to Democrats) to Atlanta, Ga. ($627,000) to Seattle, Wash. ($333,000).

Most of the cities that sent money to all Democrats also had donors that gave to GOP candidates as well, but often much less. Consider liberal bastion Berkeley, Calif. It provided Democrats with $220,000 compared to just $4,150 to four Republican candidates. Below is a table of showing the 17 cities that gave to the seven Democratic candidates (and all 10 Republicans) and the total amounts (rounded) raised by candidates of each party.

City State Democratic Total Republican Total
New York N.Y. $8,780,000 $3,264,000
Washington D.C. $2,852,000 725,600
Chicago Ill. $2,490,800 $432,900
Los Angeles Calif. $2,394,000 $827,000
San Francisco Calif. $1,476,900 $450,000
Atlanta Ga. $627,300 $323,200
Austin Texas $566,700 $260,000
Santa Monica Calif. $470,500 $161,900
Philadelphia Pa. $396,600 $129,100
Cambridge Mass. $396,600 $62,500
Arlington Va. $372,900 $233,000
Seattle Wash. $333,700 $62,200
Denver Colo. $286,000 $183,600
Potomac Md. $234,900 $238,300
Pacific Palisades Calif. $231,800 $203,100
Berkeley Calif. $222,100 $4,150
Brookline Mass. $152,200 $72,600

See more fundraising figures in the first quarter report database.

By  |  April 23, 2007; 4:00 PM ET
Categories:  Campaign Finance , President 2008  
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