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44-to-1: How Clinton is outraising Trump in America’s wealthiest ZIP codes

Hillary Clinton has raised far more money than Donald Trump in individual contributions, clobbering him at a rate of 6-to-1. But when we recently looked at where the donations are coming from, we discovered she enjoys an even greater advantage in some of the wealthiest areas of the country — a fundraising advantage that outpaces Trump at a rate of 44-to-1. How many campaign dollars were we looking to trace? Clinton’s total individual contributions were $228,069,485 as of June 30 (according to Federal Election Commission filings). In contrast, at that same date, Trump had just $36,845,971 in individual contributions. ...

#4 Political Party Time Podcast: Tracking influence at the conventions and lobbyists at the DNC

We sent Sunlighters to the RNC convention in Cleveland and the DNC convention in Philadelphia. (Photo credit: Sunlight Foundation Instagram)

Sunlight's Melissa Yeager, Libby Watson, Ben Berliner, Drew Doggett and Josh Stewart sit down to debrief after the Republican and Democratic conventions. We tracked parties and attended both the DNC and RNC, and Libby discussed what we learned. The team also takes some time to discuss Sunlight's analysis of the so-called Democratic superdelegates, where we found almost one in ten were registered lobbyists or influencers. And as always we talk about our favorite fundraisers for those with ...

Special interest groups double dip at RNC, DNC conventions

Comcast welcoming DNC attendees. (Image credit: Sunlight Instagram)
Follow Libby's journey through the DNC here. Unsurprisingly, there are some events at the DNC in Philadelphia that you wouldn’t see at the RNC. Gun control groups like Everytown and Americans for Responsible Solutions are hosting events in Philadelphia, whereas the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation’s “Stars and Stripes Shoot-Out” at the RNC was sponsored by the National Rifle Association. But if you’re also attending the DNC after last week’s RNC, and are looking to party, you’ll find some familiar names popping up. In Cleveland last week, we attended the ...

New report: Democratic convention fueled by private donations

Roll call of the 2008 DNC convention. (Image credit: Wikipedia)

Massive private fundraising and special interests groups made the show go during last week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Now it’s the Democrats’ turn in Philadelphia. The fundraising and donations for both party conventions are detailed in reports from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG). While this week’s convention may be in another city, have a different cast of characters and feature a different party platform, it appears that the Democrats, like the GOP, are relying on big checks – upwards of $100,200 per person – ...

Shalabh Kumar gives nearly $900,000 to Trump Victory

Donald Trump's campaign and the RNC got a major financial boost with a massive $898,800 contribution from Indian-American industrialist — and longtime GOP ally — Shalabh Kumar.

Donations this big are possible thanks to Trump’s joint fundraising committee with the RNC and multiple state GOP parties, which can accept contributions as high as $449,400; both Kumar and his wife gave the maximum amount allowed under campaign finance law. Kumar, the founder of the Republican Hindu Coalition, told The Hill that he agreed with Trump's tough stance on Pakistan and his views on Muslim profiling. ...