At the invitation of ovalpike.com, we have conducted the following analysis of presidential campaign contributions to date for the 2012 Election Cycle. All donor data was obtained on opensecrets.org.
It should be noted that it is still early in the campaign. Both major candidates will surely receive additional contributions as November approaches. Likewise, where it may appear that President Barack Obama may be receiving less than expected, please remember that he had no primary opponent in Ohio. Both the same and the opposite could be said of Mitt Romney, who might have received more contributions than the president, but that would be because he participated in a primary. Conversely, cash that might have gone to Romney in a head-to-head matchup with the president went to his GOP primary challengers, instead.
Please also note that the data presented below includes only individual donations of $200 or more as documented by Open Secrets. Data concerning the aggregate number of donations is not examined.
We took a snapshot approach of the Dayton Metro area by looking at several of the larger cities in Montgomery County.
President Obama had 10 donations of $250 or more from voters living in the 45429 zip code of Kettering, a suburb located just south of Dayton. Of the 10 donations, dating back to May 2011, 3 individuals made multiple contributions. Six different individuals in all gave money to the president’s campaign. Three of the donors were retired; two were teachers. Also included were a physician and a financial consultant.
Since September 2011, Open Secrets noted three contributions to Mitt Romney from two individuals—one a bookkeeper and one who works in real estate. Each of the contributions was $500 or less.
Centerville (45458 and 45459) presents quite a bit of interesting data. The president received a considerable number of donations from the county’s wealthiest city, the vast majority of which came from donors working in the health care industry. Other notable donors were lawyers.
Mitt Romney received significantly more cash than the president from Centerville over the past year. While the president received contributions from those working in health care, Romney has his fair share of supporters in the industry. Romney’s contributors, by and large, worked in the private sector, including a vice president of a major financial services company, engineers, and middle management. Several homemakers also contributed to the Romney campaign.
Two small looks: In the northern suburb of Huber Heights, Open Secrets reported no donations for Mitt Romney and only a handful for President Obama from three different individuals, one of whom did not report her profession. The others were employed in health care and the federal government. Miamisburg reported only two donations, both for Romney—from an attorney and an engineer.
Overall, donations seem to fit stereotypes for both parties. Government employees, lawyers, and retirees tend to give more to the Democrat while executives and homemakers tend to give more to the Republican. There are, naturally, exceptions, but if money talks, it speaks rather clearly in this case.
It must also be noted that we chose not to disclose individual names.