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Residents spread money for presidential candidates

By Stephen Betts | Jan 16, 2020
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Eighty-seven Knox County residents have spoken with their wallets in support of a wide range of candidates for president of the United States.

A review of donations made since Jan. 1, 2019, to presidential candidates show that three out of four donors from Knox County contributed to Democratic candidates.

The information is included in the Federal Election Commission's web site.

Incumbent President Donald Trump, a Republican, has the single most donors of any candidate with 23 people from Knox County contributing to his campaign.

There are no donations to any other Republican candidate. Trump is the only name on the Republican primary ballot in Maine to be voted March 3.

For the Democrats, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont leads the pack with 22 donors from Knox County.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts came in distant second with 13 local donors.

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California came in third with seven donors to her campaign. Harris dropped out of the presidential race last month.

Former Vice President Joe Biden had six Knox County residents donate to his campaign.

Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Peter Buttigieg was backed by five donors.

Businessman Andrew Yang received donations from three Knox County residents.

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey and author and activist Marianne Williamson each received contributions from two people. Both Booker and Williamson have dropped out of the race.

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, and former Texas U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, and U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii each received one contribution from Knox County.

Moulton and O'Rourke have also dropped out of the race.

Most of the donations made by Knox County residents are for less than $100 and often these contributors donate multiple times. The largest single donation by a Knox County resident was a $2,700 contribution to former Vice President Biden. One contributor made two donations within a week totaling $2,800 for Warren.

The maximum donation directly to a candidate's campaign is $2,800 per election. But federal law allows for higher donations to political parties and political action committees, which in turn, will support a candidate.

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Comments (4)
Posted by: Valerie Wass | Jan 20, 2020 09:27

I am with Frances.  My money is better spent paying it forward and not wasted on politics.

Posted by: Stephen Betts | Jan 17, 2020 12:02


Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Jan 17, 2020 09:12

I'll donate to a food bank rather than some wind bag politician working for the rich.

Posted by: John Snow | Jan 17, 2020 08:17

I'm surprised it is that few.  There are 40,000 County residents, so 87 donors represents 2/10ths of one percent (yes, I know the population includes children, but still...)

We have a great track record in Maine of well-above-average voter participation, so I would have expected a greater number of donors on both sides.  Maybe most are like me--I haven't donated yet in this cycle, but I surely will. I would be very interested in these numbers come October....Steve?

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