Barack Obama’s presidential campaign has now raised $194 million to Hillary Clinton’s $169 million nationwide, and Washington state donors favor Obama by an even wider, 2-1 margin. According to the latest 2008 contribution counts, Obama has collected $3.2 million from state contributors, Clinton $1.5 million. (Washington’s total overall giving to all White House campaigns has reached $8.2 million, third in the west behind Arizona and California).
Narrowing it down further, says OpenSecrets.Org, Seattlites gave $2.6 million of that to Obama and $1.2 million to Clinton. And zooming in at street level, $277,000 of Obama’s Seattle money and $143,000 of Clinton’s money here came from the rarified 98112 zip code, that swell chunk of real estate rolling down from Capitol Hill to the gold coast of Lake Washington Drive, encircling the exclusive Broadmoor compound and Madison Park. More than a half-million dollars from that area has been given to major presidential candidates this election cycle, almost all of it to Democrats.
Dem donors from 98112 -- home to a slew of doctors, lawyers, professors, execs, bankers and Microsofties -- include Starbucks chair Howard Schultz, who gave $2,300 to now-dropout John Edwards, while retired Starbucks CEO Orin Smith gave $2,300 to Edwards and $2,300 to Clinton. Others, according to an interactive donor map on HuffingtonPost.com (which shows the largest contingent of Democrats congregated near the lake in the East Madison corridor) are investor Tom Alberg ($2,300 Obama), and restaurateur Linda Derschang ($1,000 Clinton). Republican presumptive nominee John McCain got just $21,000 from the 98112ers.