Barack Obama has received donations from twice as many Connecticut residents as Mitt Romney, but Romney’s supporters have reached significantly deeper into their wallets, giving him a nearly $1 million edge in the state, campaign finance reports show.
Obama’s more than 6,700 contributors gave an average of just under $500 to the president, according to Federal Election Commission records. Romney has received donations from about 3,200 state residents, but with an average contribution of more than $1,300. In total, the campaigns have received more than $7.6 million from state residents – not including money given to PACs or other politically active organizations.
Romney’s advantage in fundraising has been fueled by exceptionally large donations from lower Fairfield County. Contributors in Greenwich alone kicked in nearly $1.6 million, accounting for more than a third of Romney’s donations statewide. New Canaan residents added more than $500,000 to that amount.
Obama’s donations have been more broad-based – he tops Romney in fundraising in about 80 percent of the zip codes in Connecticut – but no part of the state has provided the magnitude of financial support to Obama that Romney has seen. As with Romney, Greenwich has delivered more money to Obama than any other town in the state (and accounts for a quarter of all presidential donations from Connecticut). But Obama’s take there was a little more than $300,000 – about $1.25 million less than Romney. In fact, take Greenwich out of the equation, and Obama would have exceeded Romney’s statewide fundraising.
Below is a zip code map showing contributions to the two campaigns from Connecticut residents, shaded from blue to red to indicate the percentage of that town’s donations that went to Obama or Romney, respectively. Zip codes with no color indicate that no donations were reported from those areas.
Click on any part of the map to show the zip code, the community associated with that zip code, and the amount of donations reported from that area. And for a larger map, click here.