Who Has Donated to Presidential Campaigns and How Big Are the Checks?
Search the latest Michigan data made available by the Federal Election Commission for contributions to President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
The presidential campaigns of President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are fueled with hundreds of millions of dollars donated by individuals in 2012. The watchdog Web site, opensecrets.org, estimates contributions nationally by individuals to Obama's campaign totaled $631 million. Romney's share of contributions by individuals was $384 million.
The analysis is based upon the latest Federal Election Commission records released in late October. Closer to home, opensecrets.org reports that Michigan ranked 16th with $13 million contributed by individuals to both candidates, $7.8 million to Romney and $5.2 million to Obama.
Curious which Michiganders gave to the major presidential campaigns? You can use the widget above to search the latest FEC records available for Michigan to see who donated money to which campaign, how often, and how much. You can do it by candidate, contributor, amount of the contribution, contributor's city or ZIP code.
It's important to note that while a vote for a candidate is secret, a donation to a campaign is public record and open to public scrutiny.
Federal election law requires campaigns to regularly report donations and contributors. The information in the database was downloaded from the Federal Election Commission’s website. The data is based on quarterly reports from the campaigns and is current through Aug. 31
And the top state for individual contributions? Californians gave $94.1 million to both candidates, $57.7 million to Obama and $36.4 million to Romney.