Last week, the Federal Election Commission released second quarter data showing how much presidential candidates received from donors. To see what the data said, go here. We parsed the Connecticut contributions and noticed five broad trends.
1. Connecticut gives a lot to Hillary Clinton
Clinton nearly received more money from Connecticut residents than all the other candidates combined. Primarily, the donations came from Fairfield County, with more than a quarter million dollars in donations coming from Greenwich. In addition, employees of Yale University gave more than $80,000 to Clinton, who graduated from Yale Law School. Among the donors who gave the maximum allowable amount to Clinton are:
- Jeanne Pierpaoli, a retiree who has given large amounts to Democratic campaigns in recent years.
- Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox, who was named by Forbes as the 29th most powerful woman in the world
- Peter L. Malkin, a prominent real estate investor whose daughter is married to Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal
- Nicholas Perricone, a dermatologist who has an “anti-aging empire with a celebrity clientele”
- Eryn Bingle, special counsel for economic development for Rep. Jim Himes
2. Jeb Bush gets a lot of high-dollar contributions
Of the Republicans, Bush received the most money from Connecticut donors. But the average contribution to Bush was $2,134, compared to to the overall average of $905.
Among the donors who gave the maximum allowable amount to Bush are:
- Todd Boehly of Darien, who is co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers
- Russell F. Warren of Greenwich, team physician for the New York Giants
3. Bernie Sanders has a lot of small-money donors
Sanders has more individual donors than Bush, but he received about 10 percent of the money. The average contribution amount was $172. There are some interesting patches of Sanders donors in Colchester (19), Farmington (15) and Glastonbury (11), among other places. Only four donors in Connecticut gave Sanders more than $1,000.
4. Marco Rubio did relatively well in Connecticut
Rubio raised more money in Connecticut than Sanders, and unlike Bush, a decent portion was from small-money donors. The average contribution amount was $450 and, although it was largely from Fairfield County, he received decent sums from Westbrook, Farmington and New Hartford. He received the maximum allowable amount from Greg Jensen, CEO of the investment firm Bridgewater Associates, and his wife, Valerie.
5. Some donors give to multiple candidates
It’s always interesting to see donors who give to multiple candidates. Kenneth Abramowitz, co-founder of the venture capital firm NGN Capital, gave money to Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal and Ben Carson. Nicholas Perricone, the anti-aging dermatologist, gave the maximum allowable amount to Clinton, a Democrat — but also $1,100 to Rand Paul, a Republican. Linda McMahon, former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment and former Republican candidate for U.S. Senate from Connecticut, gave to both Carly Fiorina and Jeb Bush.