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Clinton Keeps Large Fundraising Lead in Santa Monica
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By Jonathan Friedman
Associate Editor

April 22, 2016 -- The Democratic Primary in the presidential election might be too close for comfort for Hillary Clinton and her supporters, but it is far from close when it comes to how much money has been raised in Santa Monica.

Clinton has a significant lead over rival Bernie Sanders in Santa Monica fundraising, according to the latest information released by the Federal Election Commission, which covers through March 31.

The former first lady, senator and secretary of state has been the Santa Monica fundraising leader throughout the campaign.

Clinton has collected a total of $828,749 from 525 donors with Santa Monica addresses, including $252,327 in the first quarter of 2016.

Although Sanders has raised a significantly smaller amount -- $226,713 -- his total is a large jump from the previous reporting period.

The U.S. senator from Vermont more than doubled his total in the first quarter of 2016, raising $124,438 in the three-month period.

Sanders’ campaign has received money from 525 people with Santa Monica addresses. The amount of Santa Monica money that has come specifically from residents is difficult to determine because a donor can use an office address in a disclosure statement.

Not surprisingly, Republican presidential hopefuls have received significantly less money from Santa Monica, which is known nationwide as a place where liberal political thought dominates.

The top two Republicans receiving Santa Monica donations -- Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush -- aren’t even in the race anymore, although both were in the contest for most of the period covered in the report.

Rubio took in a total of $99,745 from 51 people, including $24,655 in 2016. Bush received $83,400 (38 donors), including $1,110 in 2016.

Of the Republicans still in the race, Ted Cruz is the Santa Monica fundraising leader with $71,075 (43 donors), including $8,791 in 2016. Next on the list is John Kasich with $26,775 (22 donors), including $13,675 in 2016.

Businessman Donald Trump, who has earned the most delegates nationwide so far in the Republican contest, is way behind in Santa Monica fundraising. He has taken in just $3,220, spread among five donors.

An actor gave Trump’s campaign $188 on March 16, which was the only Santa Monica contribution of 2016.

Green Party candidate Jill Stein received her first and only Santa Monica contribution of the campaign in February, with a $100 donation from a software developer.

Several candidates no longer in the race received Santa Monica money during their failed campaigns, including Democrats Martin O’Malley ($11,600), Larry Lessig ($8,400) and Jim Webb ($2,800), as well as Republicans Ben Carson ($15,922), Carly Fiorina ($9,593), Lindsey Graham ($6,820), Rick Santorum ($5,400), Chris Christie ($5,400) and Scott Walker ($10).

Santa Monica residents will vote in their respective primaries on June 7.

There is no polling data of Santa Monica voters specifically, but the latest poll of California voters (taken this week by CBS News) shows Trump with an 18-point lead over Cruz and Clinton with a 12-point lead over Sanders.


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