Voters Are In the Fifth District, But the Money’s from All Over the Country

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Democrat Elizabeth Esty and Republican Andrew Roraback are in a tough fight to represent the 1,282 square miles of Connecticut’s Fifth Congressional District. But the money fueling that fight is coming from every corner of the country, from Palmetto Bay, Fla., to Eastsound, Wash., to Honolulu, Hawaii.

Only about a third of the nearly $3 million donated by individuals has come from residents inside the district – to say nothing of the hundreds of thousands streaming in from political parties, PACs and other national organizations. Roraback’s money is more home-grown than Esty’s; the exact breakdown is hard to determine, as hometowns are not reported for small contributors, but an estimated half of his individual contributions are from inside the district, compared to about a quarter of hers.

Esty’s contributions from beyond the Fifth come in part from individual donations collected and distributed through outside groups, such as Emily’s List, which act as conduits for donations to candidates across the country.

The map below shows the breadth of individual contributions to the candidates, coming from 46 of the 50 states, with sizable clusters around Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, southern California, and the east and west coasts of southern Florida. You can move and zoom in on the map below; for a larger map, click here.

Each dot on the map represents a town from which at least one of the candidate received a donation. The dots are color-coded to indicate the relative value of donations to the two candidates. Dark blue dots indicate towns from which only Esty received an individual donation and dark red dots indicate towns from which only Roraback received money. Lighter blue and lighter red dots represent towns in which both candidates received donations – light blue for towns where Esty received more money than Roraback, and light red where Roraback received more. For the handful of towns in which the candidates received the same amount, the marker is grey. Clicking on the dots will show the name of the town and the amount of contributions made by residents there.

Be aware that the map includes donations only from individuals who have given at least $200 to a candidate.  Smaller donations are typically reported as a lump sum, without the location of the contributors identified.

To dig deeper into campaign finances in the Fifth, click here for a chart comparing money raised and money spent by the candidates, as well as links to lists of every donation made to the campaigns.

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2 thoughts on “Voters Are In the Fifth District, But the Money’s from All Over the Country

  1. Lee

    If the Democrats and Obama have such a good record why do they need to spend so much money to tell us how great they are. I guess spin costs a lot of money…..


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