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Fifteenth among the 50 states, Washington political donors have now given $11 million this election cycle (07-08) to presidential candidates, $5 million of it to

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Red & Blue State

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    Fifteenth among the 50 states, Washington political donors have now given $11 million this election cycle (07-08) to presidential candidates, $5 million of it to Barack Obama, and just $1.3 million to John McCain.

    Here in our own little combo blue state/red state (Puget Sound and the rest of WA), all but $1 million of Obama's money has come from the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett metro area, says OpenSecrets.org, the campaign-money watchdog. (And, as before, ten percent of Obama's local total comes from one wealthy zip code, 98112, Capitol Hill to Lake Washington).

    Microsoft is Obama's biggest local corporate supporter and ranks 15th nationally among business givers to his campaign, handing over $277,000 in individual and corporate donations so far.

    MS's federal political giving, especially corporate's, has winnowed down since the start of the decade when it was trying to buy legislative backing in its anti-trust battle with the Justice Dept. MS has since seen less need to bribe Republicans: Since 2004, corporate and rank-and-file Microsofties are giving more to Democrats, and in the current cycle are favoring Dems 2-1.

    Hillary Clinton is still second to Obama on Microsoft's list ($194,000). John McCain is an also-ran ($41,000). He is likewise trailing Obama in total national campaign donations - $52 million to $26 million.

    That lead seems to be reflected in favorable media reports and commentary, pegging McCain as McBush. Yet, how did the latest Gallup report put it Friday? Those who believe Obama's capable of handling the commander in chief's job dropped from 55 percent last month to 52 percent now. Statistically, to voters, he and McCain are dead even.

     
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