Show us the political money

The Center for Responsive Politics broke out the by-state contributions to the '08 presidential candidates: Sen. Hillary Clinton leads the way in mining California for bucks so far. Here are the hopefuls who hit seven figures, with their California total followed by their Los Angeles-Long Beach total:

Hillary Clinton $5,076,187  —  $2,591,150
Barack Obama $4,156,450  —  $1,821,188
Mitt Romney $3,142,221  —  $965,475
Rudolph W. Giuliani $2,208,955  —  $701,335
John Edwards $2,115,025  —  $781,695
John McCain $1,666,717  —  $488,575

Beverly Hills 90210 is the most generous California ZIP code, ahead of Brentwood and La Jolla. The non-partisan group also looked at national donations by the television, film and music industries. Clinton is the leader there too:

Hillary Clinton (D) $806,558
Barack Obama (D) $661,385
John Edwards (D) $310,985
John McCain (R) $239,350
Rudolph W. Giuliani (R) $105,350
Christopher J. Dodd (D) $102,500
Bill Richardson (D) $91,800
Mitt Romney (R) $65,900
Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D) $17,350
Dennis J. Kucinich (D) $6,625
Sam Brownback (R) $2,800
Mike Huckabee (R) $2,300
Duncan Hunter (R) $2,100
Tom Tancredo (R) $1,900
Ron Paul (R) $1,250
Mike Gravel (D) $50

Lawyers and the investment sector have been much bigger factors than the entertainment world, says the group's overview of 2008 fundraising.


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