Local money for presidential candidates

There’s a wonderful graphic showing how much money in contributions over $200 has gone to each of four presidential candidates from ten ZIP codes in this part of the world. The graphic (for which I find no credit, although the source for the data is the Center for Responsive Politics) accompanies a feature with lots of quotations (byline Jason Embry) in today’s local daily. The graphic shows only donations to “the top two remaining presidential candidates.” Nevertheless, given the geographic distribution and amounts related to Huckabee, a comparison including Ron Paul would be fascinating. There’s also a tidy little table of amounts raised for each of seven candidates in Texas at large and in the Austin-San Marcos metropolitan area. Fred Thompson is included in the statewide table, along with Giuliani; Ron Paul appears in the Austin-San Marcos list. Especially mystifying are the differences in amounts and recipients between 78746 (West Lake Hills) and 78731 (northwest Austin). This little graphic and chart will provide great conversational fodder for days to come. The information is updated through the end of January; I hope there will be another illustration when the figures are available through the end of February.

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