Which presidential hopeful has most local money?

Posted at 7:22 AM, Sep 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-22 07:22:33-04

CINCINNATI — Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton has an early, but commanding lead over all other presidential candidates — Democrat or Republican — in reported campaign donations coming from Tri-State residents this year.

And she will be trying to raise even more money at a private fundraiser in East Walnut Hills on Sept. 10.

As of June 30, the former First Lady and Secretary of State had collected more than $120,000 in contributions from donors in 14 Tri-State counties: Dearborn, Franklin and Ripley in Indiana; Boone, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant and Kenton in Kentucky, and Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren in Ohio.

That’s $30,000 more than all other Republican candidates combined have received from the area.

The 2016 run for the Oval Office doesn’t begin in earnest for another three months. And the top Republican so far, businessman Donald Trump, has yet to report any campaign donations from the Tri-State area because he didn't enter the race until mid-June.

Still, a WCPO analysis of 2014 presidential campaign contributions reported to the Federal Election Commission shows Clinton's reported financial support from individuals, businesses, political action committees and other politicians in the region has been growing with each passing month.

At the end of March, she had collected about $27,000 from 23 Tri-State donors. In April alone, her contributions shot up to $53,700 from 63 donations.

In May, she received $75,102 from 62 contributions. And in June, she reported her highest monthly total, $76,490, from 82 donations.

Clinton’s most recent financial statement shows at least 35 Tri-State “fat cat” donors — those who gave $2,000 or more in a single contribution.

Her closest competitor in the “fat-cat” category is Republican candidate Marco Rubio, a U.S. Senator from Florida, with six.

Clinton also had at least 17 Tri-State supporters who gave her $500 or less in a single contribution.

That’s second-highest to Republican hopeful Rand Paul, a U.S. Senator from Kentucky, who had at least 23 in the $500 or less category.

Through the end of June, our analysis shows more than $220,000 in overall contributions from nine of the 14 Tri-State counties.

Most of the donations — nearly $170,000 — have come from Hamilton County.

The interactive map shows 2015 Tri-State contributions to presidential candidates by ZIP code.

Roll over and click on areas to see how much money Democrat and Republican candidates have received thus far.