October 7, 2013 at 10:07 am #2007
All the major candidates for the 5th Congressional seat have reported their fundraising results through September 25. The results are striking — they confirm that I am the candidate who is primarily committed to serving the people of the 5th Congressional District, as opposed to catering to outside interests.
I’ve raised 82% of my funds from within the 5th Congressional district, while all the other candidates are raising the majority of their funds from outside the district or even outside the state. And that’s counting only funds from individuals, not the PAC money which the other candidates accept and which I decline as a matter of policy.
Further, while Katherine Clark and Peter Koutoujian are the leaders in overall fundraising, I am the runaway leader on funds raised from the 5th Congressional district. Through September 25, my campaign had itemized $493,911 in individual contributions from within the district. No other candidate itemized more than $340,000 from within the district.
There is one issue in this analysis that needs to be considered: My campaign itemizes all of our contributions, including small contributions. The other campaigns don’t itemize all their contributions of $200 and below (and they are not required by law to do so). They can and do report an unitemized total for smaller contributions. However, their unitemized totals are small enough that even if all of their unitemized contributions were from within the district the conclusions would not change: (a) no other candidate would be raising more than half of their funds from within the district; (b) no other candidate would be close to me in total funds raised within the district.
Another way to control for the inconsistent itemization approaches is to limit analysis to contributions greater than $200, all of which are required by law to be itemized. On that basis, the percentages of individual contributions raised from in district are as in the chart below — again, I show as having raised 82% in district and none of the other campaigns show raising more than half in district.October 7, 2013 at 8:20 pm #2058
This spreadsheet is clear, useful and to the point.
I like how you were able to find the silver lining while not raising the most money.
It also shows that the little people in your district support you. Pointing to the sources of money will be key in dealing with the republicans in congress. Will you are ready to represent us in the 5th congressional district.