Clinton campaign way ahead in local fundraising


More local contributions to the campaign for Democratic Party frontrunner Hillary Clinton reach the $2,700 legal limit for giving than local contributions for other candidates. And Ms. Clinton's totals in her campaign are dramatically outpacing the campaigns of any other candidate of either major party.

In major contributions by local people to major parties and party affiliated superPACs, the numbers are much closer, with $5.5 million given to Republican interests and $5.3 million to those of the Democrats, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonprofit nonpartisan research group based in a Washington, D.C., that tracks money in politics.

Also tracking along similar trajectories nationwide are donations from organizations, including corporations and political action committees. Those committed to or leaning Democratic have given $56.3 million compared to $55.1 million for Republicans, according to the Center's records.

Clinton well ahead

Ms. Clinton has raised a little more than $1 million from 500 donors in the Almanac's circulation area, almost twice as much as all the other major 2016 candidates combined, including those no longer running.

The three leading candidates for the Republican Party have raised a total of $73,090 locally:

■ $65,600 from 46 donors for Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

■ $6,550 from 12 donors for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

■ $940 from three donors for businessman Donald Trump, who says he is financing his own campaign.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent running as a Democrat, raised $41,221 from 68 donors spread among the four communities in the Almanac's circulation area: Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley and Woodside.

Compared to the presidential campaigns in 2012 at this time, records show personal contributions to candidates are down 80 percent in Woodside, 72 percent in Menlo Park, 30 percent in Atherton, and are at about the same level in Portola Valley.

Major gifts

Major local contributors to Republican Party SuperPACs include $4 million from Oracle founder and Woodside resident Lawrence J. Ellison, $1.5 million from Atherton residents Charles R. and Helen O. Schwab, and $1 million from Atherton resident Thomas F. Stephenson of Sequoia Capital, according to the records.

The two major contributions to Democratic Party SuperPACS listed are $3.87 million from philanthropist Laure L. Woods of Portola Valley, and $750,000 from Mark W. and Elizabeth Heising of Medley Partners in Atherton.

Other major donors include $100,000 to America Leads from former eBay CEO Meg Whitman of Atherton; $31,100 to the National Republican Congressional Committee from Greg Raleigh of Woodside; and $25,000 to the Carly for America Committee from attorney Larry Sonsini of Woodside.

Also rans

Among the Republican candidates who have dropped out of the race, local totals are: $158,650 to Sen Marco Rubio of Florida; $149,800 to former Florida governor Jeb Bush; $44,900 to former HP executive Carly Fiorina; $41,500 to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; $17,950 to retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson; and $17,302 to Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Former Democratic candidate Martin O'Malley, the governor of Maryland, received $3,450 from three donors.

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