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Sixty percent of Obama funds comes from big-money bundlers
The risk of relying on only a segment of the population to fuel a campaign was illustrated by the carcasses of several candidacies laid bare Tuesday.
Sixty percent of contributions to Texas Gov. Rick Perry came from his home state, leaving him with nearly $4 million in leftover campaign funds at year’s end but without the nationwide support necessary to attain the Republican nomination.
Money backing former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. came even closer to home: Two-thirds of the money behind the super PAC that was the chief advertiser for Mr. Huntsman came from his father.
Both candidates have since dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination.
Whatever its source, Mr. Obama will distribute his campaign money far and wide. The filings detail an operation spanning the country, with a $5 million payroll in the past three months and 430 workers across 45 states. It also spread campaign cash to Democratic Party organizations in key battleground states such as Florida, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
• Chuck Neubauer contributed to this article.
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Luke Rosiak is a projects reporter on The Washington Times’ investigative team. He formerly covered lobbying and campaign finance for two watchdog groups as well as transportation for The Washington Post. Luke can be reached at email@example.com.
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