MapLight Report Shows U.S. Senate Candidates Raise Most Money Out-of-State


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MapLight Report: U.S. Senate Candidates Raise Most Money Out-of-State
Only 22% of Candidates Raised at Least Two-Thirds of Their Funds In-State

BERKELEY, CANov. 5, 2012MapLight, a nonpartisan research organization that tracks money in politics, released a report today, Remote Control, that examines the geographic origins of money received by the campaigns of candidates for the U.S. Senate in the upcoming 2012 election. The study found that as of June 30, 2012, 51% of the itemized contributions for the 2012 senatorial election were from out-of-state sources. This is roughly consistent with figures from previous elections: In 2008, 60% came from out-of-state sources; in 2010, that number was 45%.

Click here to see a list of the top 15 recipients of out-of-state contributions for the 2012 election cycle.

"Senators are crisscrossing their states saying they work for voters, but more than half of their money comes from out-of-state donors," said Daniel G. Newman, co-founder and president of MapLight. "If money is equal to free speech, the rest of the country has a bigger say in selecting your senator than you do."

KEY FINDINGS:
Over the past three election cycles,

  • 51% of all contributions to 180 senatorial campaigns were made by people other than the candidates’ constituents.
  • Only 22% of candidates raised at least two-thirds of their funds in-state (39 out of 180).
  • 60% of all Senate candidates raised half or more of their campaign funds outside their home state (108 out of 180 candidates).
  • 30% of candidates raised two-thirds or more of their campaign funds from outside their state (54 out of 180).

OVERVIEW:
MapLight analyzed campaign contributions given to 180 candidates for the U.S. Senateincluding incumbent senators and major opponentsfor the 2008, 2010, and 2012 election cycles. Candidates raised almost $935 million in itemized campaign funds during the past five and a half years. Of those funds, $478 million, or 51%, came from out-of-state; $455 million, or 49%, came from in-state; and the remaining $2 million (0.2%) could not be definitively located.

Cycle Out-of-State In-State Unknown Total
  Amount % of Total Amount % of Total Amount % of Total  
2012 $ 123,424,691 51.3% $ 116,662,285 48.5% $ 654,838 0.3% $ 240,741,814
2010 $ 188,874,740 45.0% $ 229,716,311 54.7% $ 1,044,792 0.2% $ 419,635,843
2008 $ 165,551,401 60.3% $ 108,415,035 39.5% $ 555,790 0.2% $ 274,522,226
Total $ 477,850,832 51.1% $ 454,793,631 48.6% $ 2,255,420 0.2% $ 934,899


TABLES:
Table 1a - Top 15 Out-of-State Contributions by Senator, sorted by % out-of-state - 2012 Election Cycle

"Rank #1" = Highest percentage of contributions received from out-of-state

Rank Election Year, Name, Party, and State  Out-of-State $  %  In-State
%  Unknown
State $ 
%  Total $ 
  ALL CANDIDATES   123,424,691 51.3%  116,662,285 48.5%     654,838 0.3%   240,741,814
#1 2012 HATCH, ORRIN G R UT      5,452,734 95.2%        250,560 4.4%       24,775 0.4%      5,728,069
#2 2012 BARRASSO, JOHN  R WY      2,464,202 93.3%        177,150 6.7%              -   0.0%      2,641,352
#3 2012 CARPER, THOMAS R D DE      2,203,617 89.8%        249,237 10.2%         1,000 0.0%      2,453,854
#4 2012 SANDERS, BERNARD I VT      1,215,630 89.1%        147,870 10.8%            700 0.1%      1,364,200
#5 2012 WHITEHOUSE, SHELDON II D RI      2,427,775 84.9%        428,916 15.0%         3,000 0.1%      2,859,691
#6 2012 TESTER, JON D MT      5,218,436 83.0%     1,055,745 16.8%       12,650 0.2%      6,286,831
#7 2012 REHBERG, DENNIS RAY R MT      2,711,714 82.2%        588,923 17.8%              -   0.0%      3,300,637
#8 2012 WICKER, ROGER F R MS      1,871,524 82.1%        384,250 16.9%       24,500 1.1%      2,280,274
#9 2012 MANCHIN, JOE III D WV      2,775,289 80.6%        611,842 17.8%       54,500 1.6%      3,441,631
#10 2012 HEITKAMP, HEIDI D ND         989,829 77.4%        288,256 22.6%              -   0.0%      1,278,085
#11 2012 BALDWIN, TAMMY D WI      2,709,146 76.7%        823,969 23.3%         1,000 0.0%      3,534,115
#12 2012 KERREY, J ROBERT D NE      1,653,187 74.9%        554,884 25.1%              -   0.0%      2,208,071
#13 2012 BERG, RICHARD A R ND      2,031,915 73.0%        753,211 27.0%              -   0.0%      2,785,126
#14 2012 BERKLEY, SHELLEY D NV      4,062,753 71.2%     1,640,067 28.7%         5,500 0.1%      5,708,320
#15 2012 KLOBUCHAR, AMY J D MN      2,778,152 68.9%     1,254,690 31.1%              -   0.0%      4,032,842

Table 1b: 2012 Election Cycle: Out-of-State Contributions by Senator, sorted by state
Table 2a:
2008, 2010, and 2012 Election Cycles: Out-of-State Contributions by Senator, sorted by % out-of-state
Table 2b:
2008, 2010, and 2012 Election Cycles: Out-of-State Contributions by Senator, sorted by state

A link to the Remote Control full report can be found here, http://maplight.info/Documents/RemoteControl2012.pdf.

A link to this press release can be found here.
 

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