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D.C., Boston top list of cities for campaign cash

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Washington is the biggest cash cow for both political parties, but Republicans shouldn’t discount Nashville and Democrats might consider booking a trip to Boston as well.

A new analysis by the website Nerdwallet found that residents of the District of Columbia were the top contributors per capita to both Republican and Democratic candidates, giving an average of $2.06 to GOP hopefuls and $2.75 to Democrats. 

The list was compiled using data from the Center for Responsive Politics.

But the giving patterns diverged sharply for the other top cities on the list. For Republicans, after Washington the more promising campaign cash sources per capita were Nashville ($1.65); Boston ($1.31); Minneapolis-St. Paul ($1.20); and Milwaukee-Waukesha ($1.12).

For Democrats, the top cities after Washington were Boston ($2.71); San Francisco ($1.85); San Jose ($1.75); and New York City ($1.03).

Individual donors can skew the patterns. The top individual donor in Nashville was Willis Johnson, founder and chairman of the online car auction company Copart, Inc. Mr. Johnson’s total contributions were $146,500 with 97 percent of that money going to Republicans.

 

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Kellan Howell

Kellan Howell

Kellan Howell, an investigative reporter for The Washington Times, covers campaign finance and government accountability. Originally from Williamsburg, Va., Kellan graduated from James Madison University where she received bachelor's degrees in media arts and design and international affairs with a concentration in western European politics.

During her time at JMU, she interned for British technology and business news website "ITPro" ...

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