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"As long as donors are more important than voters in determining who gets elected in this country, then African Americans are prevented from fully participating in benefits of our democracy. Welcome to the new poll tax: If you can't afford to contribute large sums to a politician, then you voice and your interests are muted."

-Hilary O. Shelton, Director, Washington Bureau,



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Campaign finance data

Campaign finance data include all contributions from individuals of more than $200 to federal candidates, political action committees (PACs) and political parties, totaled by the zip code listed by the donor. Percentages to parties are based on individual contributions to candidates and party committees; however, they exclude contributions to Political Action Committees (PACs), which do not have a party affiliation. The data were provided by the Center for Responsive Politics (www.opensecrets.org), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to analyzing campaign finance data from the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

For more detailed information on campaign finance data, please click here.

Race and Ethnicity

U.S. 2000 Census data were provided by the Lewis Mumford Center at the University of Albany (http://mumford1.dyndns.org/cen2000/report.html). The categorization of the population into racial and ethnic categories is rife with complexities. Increasingly Americans identify as more than one race and/or ethnicity. The American Hispanic population is incredibly diverse, representing a wide variety of national backgrounds and cultures.

Click here to learn more about the Lewis Mumford Center’s methodology in analyzing census data by race and ethnicity.


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