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Clinton Has Large Lead in Santa Monica Fundraising

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By Jonathan Friedman
Associate Editor

February 2, 2016 -- Hillary Clinton’s performance in the Iowa Caucus on Monday was a close call, but what isn’t so close is her standing in the presidential campaign fundraising totals from Santa Monica.

The former first lady, senator and secretary of state leads all candidates by a large amount, according to information released by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on Monday.

Clinton raised $546,000 from people with Santa Monica addresses through Dec. 31. No other candidate raised a six-figure amount.

Her total includes nearly $153,000 in the final three months of the year. That amount is also significantly higher than the one attached to any other candidate in the race.

Not surprisingly in a city that is known worldwide for its left-wing politics, Democrats have collected far more more money than Republicans in Santa Monica.

Of the 637 people with Santa Monica addresses who have donated money to presidential candidates, 487 gave it to Democrats.

Democrats have received $668,137 and Republicans have taken in $279,214. How much of that money has specifically come from Santa Monica residents is difficult to know because donors can list their offices for the address.

Claiming second place in Santa Monica fundraising is Sen. Bernie Sanders. The self-proclaimed Democratic socialist has collected just under $99,000.

Sanders' total includes $45,000 in the fourth quarter of 2015, which puts him in second place in that contest as well.

Martin O’Malley, who was in the Democratic race until suspending his campaign Monday night, collected far less money than his rivals. He took in just $11,600, with none of the money coming in the final quarter.

Harvard professor Larry Lessig, who ended his campaign in November, was not far behind with $8,400.

Among Republicans, the fundraising leader is Jeb Bush with $82,000, including $18,000 in the final quarter. Trailing Bush is fellow Floridian Marco Rubio, who received just under $70,000, including $28,000 in the fourth quarter.

Rubio's fourth-quarter total was the highest among Republicans.

Other Republican fundraising totals include Ted Cruz with $62,000 ($11,800 in fourth quarter), Carly Fiorina with $15,300 ($3,300 in fourth quarter), John Kasich with $13,000 ($6,100 in fourth quarter) and Ben Carson with $12,300 ($3,500 in fourth quarter).

The lowest totals come from a mix of people who are still in the race and dropped out prior to this week.

This list includes Lindsey Graham with $6,800 ($185 in fourth quarter), Rick Santorum with $5,400 (none in fourth quarter), Chris Christie with $5,400 ($2,700 in fourth quarter), Rand Paul with $3,500 ($1,400 in fourth quarter) and Donald Trump with $3,000 ($300 in fourth quarter).

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker received one donation from Santa Monica--$10 from an architect. Interestingly, the architect donated the money Dec. 29, more than three months after Walker dropped out of the race.

The reported figures only apply to personal campaign fundraising and do not include money raised by Super PACs, which can only support a candidate and are not allowed to communicate with the candidate's campaign.

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