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WASHINGTON — Even though he dropped out of the presidential race in August, Tim Pawlenty has dominated all presidential candidates in fundraising from Minnesota donors — his $1 million haul topping even Barack Obama’s re-election efforts.
Minnesota hasn’t been a stand-out state, fundraising-wise, for Obama — the state’s donors have made 1,741 contributions for just less than $450,000 this year, according to a MinnPost analysis of donor information (current through Sept. 30). Both figures are ranked 22nd among the 50 states and Washington D.C.
California and New York are the two largest fundraising states, both in terms of the number of donors and total donations ($10 million and $5.8 million respectively). D.C. residents have given $3.4 million to Obama’s campaign — Obama frequently holds high-priced fundraisers in the District since they’re easy for him to attend.
Of the 1,741 Minnesota donations Obama’s received, 46 of them have been for $2,500, the legal maximum a person can contribute to a candidate’s primary and general election campaigns. The average Minnesota contribution has been $257.45.
In Minnesota, the two largest cities, Minneapolis ($160,540) and St. Paul ($49,151), have donated the most money. Five other metro cities — Edina, Minnetonka, Wayzata, Bloomington and Golden Valley — are in the top 10.
Two Minneapolis residents — Dean Phillips and Amy Sterner — are among Obama’s leading “bundlers,” contributors who solicit donations on behalf of a candidate and present them in one large sum to the campaign. Both have bundled between $50,000 and $100,000 for the candidate, in addition to their legal maximum donations.
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