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News - May 30, 2012

Obama ahead in local fundraising in April

by Dave Boyce

Donors in April contributed $96,424 to presidential campaigns from ZIP codes in the Almanac's circulation area, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks money in politics.

April results from Atherton, Menlo Park, Portola Valley and Woodside add $65,924 to Mr. Obama's coffers, bringing his local year-to-date total to $919,916 for this election cycle, as compiled by OpenSecrets.org, the website of the Center for Responsive Politics in Washington, D.C. Former Gov.

Mitt Romney received $30,500, bringing his overall local total to $537,490.

Mr. Obama led the month with 59 donors versus Mr. Romney's 19.

The totals do not include political action committee fundraising, including the unlimited fundraising by super PACs, nor do they note any clustering of donations from Peninsula fundraising parties.

Under the law, individuals are limited to giving $2,500 per campaign per election. Since there are two elections this year — the primary in June and the general in November — an individual's total gift can reach $5,000.

Because Mr. Obama is unopposed, his donors can give now for both the primary and general elections. Eleven donors gave $2,500 for the primary; 10 of them gave another $2,500 for the general, the report showed.

With the general-election donations factored out, Mr. Obama's total for April drops to $40,924.

Local presidential campaign donations in April

Atherton Menlo Park Portola Valley Woodside Candidate totals

Barack Obama $32,100 from 11 donors $17,750 from 27 donors $12,850 from 8 donors $14,824 from 13 donors $65,924 from 59 donors

Mitt Romney $12,750 from 8 donors $3,750 from 3 donors $12,000 from 5 donors $2,000 from 3 donors $30,500 from 19 donors

Community totals $44,850 $21,500 $24,850 $16,824 $96,424

Source: Center for Responsive Politics: OpenSecrets.org


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