Seven Raise $3k for GOP Contenders
Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry lead campaign fundraising among Summerville residents.
Seven Summerville residents have given 18 times to election campaigns since January. The total sum given to campaigns tallies at $3,077, according to Federal Elections Commission figures released this week.
The sum was split among four GOP contenders: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Congressman Dr. Ron Paul, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
In the 29485 and 29483 zip codes, Gingrich and Perry have both raised $1,000 each. Gingrich had two donors and Perry has one donor.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who wasn’t even a candidate for the GOP nomination until mid-August, has surged to the front of South Carolina fundraising thanks to some fast and large donations.
Perry, whose Palmetto State poll numbers have soured after a hot start, has raised $103,650 from S.C. contributors in six weeks. Perry 81 donations, primarily from Upstate residents, averaged $1,280.
Following Perry in the state fundraising is former Sen. Rick Santorum, who has raised $80,080 among S.C. donors; Romney, who has raised $75,230 ($54,000 of it coming in the third quarter) and Paul, who has raised $54,999 since the campaign began.
Businessman Herman Cain, who leads the latest S.C. GOP poll among primary voters, has raised $23,484. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who spent a great deal of time in South Carolina over the summer, has yet to make a serious funding impact, raising $23,197. Meanwhile, Gingrich has raised $16,460 statewide.
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty raised $2,800 before dropping out of the race. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, whose campaign appears to be in financial distress following this recent round of financial disclosures, has raised $2,550. And former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson has raised $451.
No Summerville individual has donated to Santorum, Cain, Bachmann, Pawlenty, Huntsman or Johnson.
Here, Paul comes in as a close second to Perry and Gingrich, raising $877. Paul also has the most individual donors (three). Romney, also with a single donor, has raised $200.
Nearly half of all Summerville donations have occurred in the last three months, but Gingrich has not received any more donations since mid June.
South Carolina, which will hold its first in the South primary on Jan. 21, isn’t just opening its pocketbook for Republican candidates, however.
While the GOP presidential candidates have raised $382,902 in this election cycle, incumbent President Barack Obama, who is visiting North Carolina and Virginia this week, has raised $238,291 among S.C. voters, according to the FEC.
Obama has raised $760 in Summerville among three individuals.
Updated to correct donations from the 29485 and 29483 zipcode to President Barack Obama.