STAMFORD, Conn. — President Barack Obama has received more in campaign donations than any of his possible Republican counterparts from Stamford donors to date, according to numbers reported by the Center for Responsive Politics.
Obama has received $82,586 so far from Stamford residents, says OpenSecrets.org, a website run by the organization to track the money donated to political candidates. A total of $183,442 has been given to Obama and the four possible Republican candidates by Stamford residents as of Feb. 22, the website said.
Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, led all Republican candidates by receiving $75,400 from Stamford residents. He was followed by Texas Congressman Ron Paul, who got $18,506; former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum with $5,000; and former Georgia Congressman Newt Gingrich with $1,950 rounding out the challengers.
Back in 2008, Obama received a total of $638,046 in his successful bid to become the 44th president of the United States, the website said. By comparison, only $183,692 was given to his Republican challenger, John McCain, the website said.
Notable Stamford residents who have donated this year include Michael Barker, co-president and co-founder of Sony Pictures Classics, and Robert Evans, chairman of the board of Crane Co., who both gave $2,500 to Obama’s re-election effort. James Higgins, CEO of Sorin Capital Management, and Michael Carazza, president of Patriot National Bank, each gave $2,500 to Romney.
Individuals can give a maximum of $2,500 to an individual candidate or candidate committee for each election, the website said.
The Center for Responsive Politics is a nonpartisan, independent, not-for profit organization based in Washington, D.C., that aims to help inform citizens about the influence of money of candidates, empower voters with unbiased information and advocate for transparency, the website said. Open Secrets was launched after the 1996 presidential election to help spread the organization’s mission.