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Washington presidential contributions

Washington presidential contributions

We’re not many days away from the next round of releases of campaign contributions numbers for the presidential candidates. Before wading into and being swamped by that, we decided to take advantage of a new tool by the Federal Elections Commission and take a look at the contributions reported by the candidates from around the Northwest.

We weren’t surprised to find the three states have highly distinctive patterns, but maybe a little to find that the state most different from the other two was Washington.

It was the one state of the three in which Democratic presidential candidates out-raised Republicans ($655,370 to $401,715). (A note: The Fred Thompson activity is too recent to show up in these numbers.)

Like the other two, the biggest single recipient here is Republican Mitt Romney, who who raised 68% of all Republican presidential money. (That percentage is bigger in the other two states.) Strikingly, his treasure chest wasn’t King County or even the Puget Sound area overall (where most people in the state live) – or even east of the Cascades. His big source was Clark County, Vancouver and Battle Ground, which accounted for $139,525, about half of his total.

By contrast, all of King County (with about five times Clark’s population) accounted for just about $100,000. Overall, King County yielded about $178,000 for Republicans, while Clark donated $142,715; practically all of Clark’s Republican money went to Romney. In contrast, second-place Republican raiser John McCain pulled about two-thirds of his money from King.

(Small but interesting: Republican Tim Tancredo, whose big issue is immigration, drew only small contributions statewide, but while he pulled almost nothing from Seattle, he drew much more from the Eastside and from Leavenworth.)

Among the Democrats, King County was central, accounting for 79.3% of the total for Democratic presidential candidates. The rest of the state broke out much like the area’s population.

Democrat John Edwards ran hard behind Romney in Washington on fundraising. The bulk of his money, more than three-fourths, comes from King. That was also true for Barack Obama and even more for third-place (amond Democrats) Hillary Clinton (81.5% from King, almost nothing from east of the Cascades.)

Oregon presidential contributions

Oregon presidential contributions

Oregon’s pattern was a little different. There, Republicans overall outraised Democrats (nearly 2-1, by $292,300 to $154,701).

But here too Romney was the big frundraiser ($212,920) – outraising his nearest competitor (Democrat John Edwards) by more than 3-1. He raised 72.8% of all the money raised by Republicans for president in Oregon.

Maybe in some reflection of Romeny’s strong support across the Columbia in Vancouver, he pulled about three-fourths of this money from Portland and nearby areas in Clackamas County. (Not so much from Washington County.) After that, it thins out.

Second-place fundraiser McCain has a big base in Lake Oswego – of his money raised in Oregon, about $16,800 – a third of his total – came from there.

As in Washington state, Edwards led in fundraising among Democrats here. Close to two-thirds of his money came from the Portland area. Relatively little came from Eugene, more from Medford, and almost nothing east of the Cascades. Similar patterns apply among his competitors – Obama took about half of his funds from Portland (and more than Edwards from Eugene), while Clinton took almost two-thirds of hers from Portland.

Idaho presidential contributions

Idaho presidential contributions

In Idaho some of the Oregon patterns reappeared, but more strongly. There, the Democratic presidential candidates raised only 11.8% of the Republican total. And among Republicans, Romney’s dominance was overwhelming. Of the total $268,166 raised by Republicans, $236,158 – 88.1% – went to Romney.

Something more remarkable than that: Of Romney’s $236,158, some $118,050 comes from the Idaho Falls-Rexburg area. Less than $24,000 came from all the rest of eastern Idaho including the Magic Valley.
It is also more than all of SW Idaho – Ada/Canyon and the surrounding area. (What does this suggest about Romney’s base?)

Second-place McCain drew more than half his $17,685 from Blaine County; third-place Rudy Giuliani did likewise.

On the Democratic side, half of all the contributions statewide came from the Ketchum-Hailey area. Obama came in highest at about $14.800, then Clinton at about $11,700, Bill Richardson at $1,500, and Edwards trailing – fourth – at $775.

Raw material for thought.

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  1. Aneurin said:

    Randy,

    Romney’s fundraising prowess in Clark County can be chalked up to two factors:

    1. A preponderance of Mormons in Clark County;
    2. Rainmaker David Nierenberg, normally a major Democratic Party fundraiser, organizing events and “putting out the word” for Romney. See this recent write up in The Columbian for more details.

    Of the two factors, I’d give the slight edge to Nierenberg’s influence. He goes way back with Romney, when they both worked at Bain Capital.

    June 26, 2007

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