How D.C. residents contribute to presidential campaigns

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Media Credit: Sam La France | Design Editor

D.C. residents have donated more than $15.7 million to presidential candidates in the 2016 election cycle so far, making D.C. the second-highest city for political fundraising after New York.

The Center for Responsive Politics published a report earlier this month, ranking all major metropolitan cities in the U.S based on money raised for 2016 presidential candidates up to this year.

The donors from GW’s ZIP code include Diane Knapp, University President Steven Knapp’s spouse, two GW law professors, a student and a staff member.

Residents in the area surrounding GW gave about $2,950 total – exclusively to Democratic candidates and groups, according to the data.

The ZIP code that gave the most to presidential candidates and outside groups that support candidates was the area surrounding American and Catholic universities, and residents there donated more than $1 million with the vast majority going to Democratic candidates and groups, according to the data.

Residents from downtown D.C. – near the Smithsonian – gave about $540 to Republican candidates and groups, the lowest total on the list, according to the data.

Diane Knapp donated about $5,000 to various Democratic candidates and groups, according to data from OpenSecrets. She donated the money to groups and candidates like Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., and EMILY’s List.

Two GW law professors were also on the donation list from GW’s ZIP code, donating money to different political action committees. A freshman also donated $250 to Hillary Clinton, according to the data.

In total, D.C. residents gave about $10.5 million to Democratic presidential candidates – more than double the amount they donated to Republican presidential candidates.

D.C residents also donated more than $6 million to outside political groups, including super PACs supporting presidential candidates, putting the city at No. 16 nationwide.

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