The new campaign finance data is in for the presidential race with Hillary Clinton ($115,652,361) and Barack Obama ($102,170,668) the top two recipients. On the GOP side, the top four fundraisers are Mitt Romney ($88,499,686), John McCain ($41,102,178), Ron Paul ($28,101,264), and Mike Huckabee ($8,986,532). These numbers are for totals raised through the end of 2007.
The Center for Responsive Politics has posted the new data and provides a break down of donors in numerous categories. For example, a look at the Pharmaceuticals/Health Products industry (a total of $1,633,456) shows that the top three recipients of campaign contributions are Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Mitt Romney in that order. The Oil and Gas industry (a total of $2,304,032) was also a huge contributor, with Romney leading the way for those still in the race, followed by Clinton, McCain and Obama. Another influential sector, the Commercial Banking industry, donated $5,581,030 to Presidential candidates in 2007, with Clinton leading the way, followed by Obama, Romney and McCain.
Another way to look at campaign contributions is by amount. In the category of those who donated $200 or more, Obama was the beneficiary of more large donors, followed by Clinton and then Romney. In terms of money raised by candidates in the state of Michigan in 2007, Romney came in first with $2,073,170, followed by McCain with $1,032,465, Clinton $748,742, and Obama with $622,242.
In the Grand Rapids area, one can search by zip code for individuals who have donated over $1,000 to any Presidential candidate. In the 49503 zip code you have such notables as Peter Seechia, Michael Jandernoa with Bridge Street Capital and John Helmoldt with Jones, Gavan & Helmholdt LLC, all donating large sums to Romney or McCain. Those making significant donations to Democratic candidates were Martha’s Vineyard owner Karmeel Chinelly, Thomas Clinton, a lawyer with Varnum, and Gary McInerney with McInerney & Associates. In the 49506 zip code area, the big donors in 2007 to Democratic candidates are Yesterdog owner Bill Lewis and his wife Susan, lawyer Patrick Miles, and Eric Stansby with Emergency Health Partner. The biggest donors to GOP candidates were Marge Byington, Edith Blodgett, and Robert DeLamar with Lynk Systems Inc.
Along the lakeshore in Holland, the 49423 zip Code big donors were mostly to Republican candidates. Topping the list was Jerry & Delores Horne, Jim & Ginger Jurries, and Congressman Pete Hoekstra, all who made donations to Mitt Romney.