Raising Money Outside their own State, Republicans go to Texas, Democrats to California; Both Like New York

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
(graphic: Steve Straehley, AllGov)

There’s one thing Republican and Democratic candidates for office can agree on—a trip to New York can fatten a campaign war chest.


During the 2014 election, Democrats raised $18.9 million from donors in New York City, while GOP politicians pulled in $11.8 million, according to OpenSecrets.org. Washington, D.C., was the next most generous source of money for members of both parties.


From there, candidates go their separate ways. Democrats head to Los Angeles, while Republicans saddle up for Texas.


Republican Senator Mark Jacobs of Iowa raised $236,400—nearly 40% of his campaign cash—there, putting him at the top of the GOP list for money raised out of state. Houston donors gave more than $5.1 million to GOP candidates, OpenSecrets reported. Texas also was great for GOP congressmen from other states, like Arizona Representative Gary Kiehne, who collected $90,600, or 35% of his funding, from Midland, Texas.


Donors in Los Angeles gave almost $4.8 million to Democratic candidates. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey did the best, collecting $635,000 there. He picked up another $363,000 from San Francisco donors.

-Noel Brinkerhoff


To Learn More:

Candidates on the Fly Travel Far and Wide for Donations (by Andrew Mayersohn, OpenSecrets.org)


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